This program it’s possible only to do on our dry season: between August to November
We leave from Salta early towards the border with Bolivia, the town of Aguas Blancas, 300 kms. away. Once at the border, we must complete the immigration and customs procedures (for our vehicle and each person) and then we enter into Bolivian territory through the border town of Bermejo village.
From there continues a very nice road that goes along the Bermejo river (international border river) that will gradually ascend. The vegetation is jungle and tropical at te beguining but as we move forward it is reduced by the height until we reach the grasslands that dominates the landscape of the Argentine town of Los Toldos, where we will again enter Argentina but without the need for paperwork.
Once in the village, we will stay in a comfortable hostel where we will also have dinner at the end of the day.
After breakfast, we prepare to drive the 4 × 4 vehicle along a gravel road until we reach the beach of the Lipeo river that forms the limit of the Baritú National Park.
To ford the Lipeo River with a 4 × 4, it is only possible to do it in the dry season (August-November), since in the rainy season, the river level is too high to ford, and the only option is a small and long walking bridge on the river.
There, just at the beginning of the National Park, where we will begin our first walk of approximately 2 or 3 hours to a place known as “Las Termas del Cayotal” (there are some hot springs) where we will walk along a path next to the beautiful Lipeo river and return to the vehicle along the same path.
We will continue a few more kilometers with the 4 × 4 until we reach El Baritú (small area with a few farms around) where we will stay in the house of a local farmers that prepared it to receive the very few visitors that arrive at this park on the season. The facilities are very modest, with a shared bathroom but in excellent condition.
Dinner will be in charge of the lady who owns the house and who will cook for us.-
It will be a day to walk through the most inhospitable and remote National Park in Argentina … guided by a local guide from the Baritú community, we will go on paths to observe the different kind of subtropical jungle, especially we can go to see one ferns arborescent. It will be a day especially of observation of vegetation of different types of strata. As is a huge territory, the fauna depends on our luck, sometimes we can watch animals such as wild pigs, tapirs, ferrets, deers and wild cats (ocelotes). The king of the forest here it’s the Yaguareté (Jaguar) but it’s really rare to see because this animal sleep hiden during the day and walk and hunt at night.
We will return in the afternoon to the same house where we stayed to prepare dinner and spend the night.
After breakfast, we will return in the 4 × 4 to the National Park portal to go back to the Lipeo River where we will ford again and we will drive over the same gravel path back to Los Toldos village, where we will check in again at the same lodge of our first night and have lunch. In the afternoon time, we will visit the El Nogalar Nature Reserve, with its National Parks visitor center. This reserve it’s located right on town, on the side of the foothills.
The reserve will take us only one hour to walk along its public use path (700 meters long) to the limit of it, and on the way we can see red squirrels that are frequently there for the amount of walnut trees that are on that path.
At the end of the reservation visit, we will return to the Los Toldos lodge for dinner and overnight on the last night of the trip.
After breakfast, we will begin our return to the city of Salta, breaking the same path we did on the first day, that is, we will return to Bolivia to then descend to the town of Bermejo, cross the border (doing customs and migrations), and then continue on route. By the time we would spend at noon, we will surely enter the city of Oran for have a lunch and then continue to Salta, estimating time to arrive late in the afternoon, depending on the traffic on the route.
This program have not regular departures, it’s scheduled on demand