Before leaving of the town we will allow to be surprised for the policromático hill seven colors and for the peace that there is in the place.
In the exit the mountains are observed with their red, green, rosy, yellow, white, gray tones and violáceos they belong together to minerals as the iron, copper, dolomita, sulfur, lime, lead and hematita respectively.
Leaving toward the west, the route this beautifully skirted by poplars and sallows runs leaving to the left small vegetable gardens, separated from the river Purmamarca for defense embankments that have been overcome by the in several occasions. volcano:
Some kms later on finish the pavement and the cultivations are more and more scarce. Eight km later on will cross the river Purmamarca. Gradually the landscape goes being made more rural, charging protagonism the imponencia of the mountainous masses of alive and changing colors, holed by the erosion of waters and winds.
In the km 17 begin the hill of Lipán that, to have a layout comfortable and passable vial the whole year and it is the favorite one for the trucks that cross Chile. The road goes cutting the mountain, leaving to the overdraft the different geologic strata in diverse tones, textures and colors.
Occasionally, in the places where the water arises in the hillside of the mountain you leave some cultivation of corn or pastizal.
In the km 30, crossing the one opens up of Potrerillos one enters to the Puna, the road continues ascending until arriving in km 40 to the 4.170 meters , higher point of the hill. Starting from there the descent, the first 6 kms begins with on the way to hill and then a softer faldeo, going into in a valley, "hall of the Puna", where they continue appearing astonishing formations for its contrast of textures and colors.
In the km 61 the landscape opens up enough like to have a view impactante. The panorama is absolutely lonely. There is not population visible in the great plain that extends from south to north, among parallel cords of more than 4.000 meters on those that highlight some snowed summits.
In the highest point in the hill the first panoramic of the salines will appear and to the bottom toward the north the mirror of water of the lagoon of Guayatayoc .
We will lower until the immense plain of salt and we will learn on the form of extraction of the same one. You will be surprised solidity of the saline, able to tolerate the weight of vehicles like cars, vans and trucks of medium tonnage
One km but it advances the road the RN40 that drives toward the south to San Antonio of the Coppers, crosses and to the north to he/she Opens Pampas. Advancing 4 km the road goes into during 5 km in the Big Salinas