Itinerary

The Route is accessible; however, it travels through dirt, stones and some slopes that require some kind of physical training and some special equipment. This webpage will provide maps, distances, heights and details that will pave your way.

How to prepare for the Pilgrimage?

  • Check with the webpage www.inmaculadamadre-salta.org for the intercessory prayer days. Always Saturdays, arriving before 12pm.
  • If you wish to arrive on a Saturday before 12pm, you should depart from San Salvador on a Wednesday morning. Therefore, we recommend you arrive and sleep in San Salvador on a Tuesday.
  • Choose your pilgrimage date. The road was built to be walked in 3.5 days: first day: Jujuy – San Antonio; second day: San Antonio-Dique Campo Alegre; third day: Dique Campo Alegre – Vaqueros; and fourth day: Vaqueros-Sanctuary (minimum 3.5 hours walk up to the Sanctuary so you need to leave Vaqueros early in the morning).
  • We suggest you travel knowing where you’re going to sleep. If you’re planning to stay at inns or hotels, we recommend you previously phone to check availability. Another option is to sleep in tents (see recommendations bellow).
  • You can take your own food but if you’re planning to eat at restaurants along the way, we recommend you previously phone to let them know you’re going (see recommendations bellow).
  • Read recommendations and necessary equipment list.
  • If necessary, you can also have a backup car to carry luggage or help pilgrims reach destinations.
  • You can hire someone to take your luggage from inn to inn. Ask at San Antonio.
  • You can hire a guide
  • Study the map.
  • Once on the road, follow the yellow arrows. If you depart from San Salvador, the starting point is the Cathedral.
  • Pilgrims that arrive to the Sanctuary on Saturdays during the intercessory prayer will be given the Pilgrimage Award. For this to happen, interested pilgrims should get in touch with the Foundation before departing and give them the names and countries of origin of the pilgrims (peregrinaciones@inmaculadamadre-salta.org)

How to get your trip organized

  • Day 0

    The pilgrimage can be done any day of the week but if you wish to arrive at the Sanctuary on Saturday, we recommend you arrive in San Salvador de Jujuy on a Tuesday in order to start walking on Wednesday morning and finish on time for the Intercessory Prayer.

    Recommended Accommodation
    • Hotel Internacional
      Address:Sarmiento 501
      Phone: +54 388 423-1599
    • Hotel Fenicia
      Address: Av. 19 de Abril 427
      Phone: +54 388 423-1800
    • Hotel Ery Noa
      Address: Gral. Güemes 1131
      Phone: +54 388 416-1154

    These are only suggested hotels. You can choose to stay wherever you prefer. Remember you should start the pilgrimage with a lot of energy early on Wednesday morning.

  • Day 1

    Length: 31 km Duration: 8 Hrs
    Starts in San Salvador de Jujuy and ends in San Antonio.
    • Lunch at La Almona – Casa de Retiros EMAUS (retreat house)
      Sister Elia Morales · Mobile: +54 9 (388) 512 0251
      Sister Minerva · Mobile: +54 9 (388) 433 1035
    • Accomodation: Posada Q’Orikancha San Martin S/N
    • Accomodation: Casa de Familia Ada San Martin 166

    Dinner
    • Ada · Mobile: +54 9 (388) 429 1633
    • Mario · Mobile: +54 9 (388) 570 3648
    Attention! Don’t forget to pack provisions for day 2 because there is nowhere to buy lunch. In San Antonio, you can ask Ada to prepare a picnic for you. You should always take energetic snacks with you!
  • Day 2

    Length: 35 km Duration: 8 Hrs
    Starts at San Antonio and ends at Dique Campo Alegre. Lunch Attention! Don’t forget to pack provisions for day 2 because there is nowhere to buy lunch. In San Antonio, you can ask Ada to prepare a picnic for you. You should always take energetic snacks with you!
    • The only place to sleep and eat dinner is El Fortin de la Fé (Lo de Hilda)
      Dique Campo Alegre Ruta 9 Km 1632
      Camino de la Cornisa (500 mts before the Club de Pesca)
      Phone: +54 (387) 608 0087 - House
      Mobile: +54 9 (387) 572 8729 - Hilda
      Mobile: +54 9 (387) 572-8729 - Mirta
  • Day 3

    Length: 24 km Duration: 6 Hrs
    Starts at Lo de Hilda and ends at Vaqueros.
    • Lunch at La posada del Cristo Resto Bar
      Address: Av Gral Martin Guemes 151
      Phone: +54 (387) 490 0162 - House
      Mobile: +54 9 (387) 408 2511 - Bety Molina
    • There might be other lunch options.
    • Hosteria Terra Sognata
      Calle San Martin 2425
      Mobile: +54 9 (387) 582 5986 - Ana María
      Phone: +54 (387) 490 1391 - Ana María or Guadalupe
    • There are other accommodation options in Vaqueros

    Dinner

    If requested, Ana María can wait for you with dinner. If not, there are restaurants and groceries in Vaqueros.

  • Day 4

    Length: 13 km Duration: 3:30 Hrs
    Starts at Vaqueros and ends at the Immaculate Mother of The Divined Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Sanctuary. Remember: You must arrive to the Sanctuary before 12pm on Saturday. After that time, doors are closed to visitors.

Equipment

We suggest the equipment’s total weight does not exceed 6 kg.

Remember the golden rule: what you carry, weighs you down.


  • Equipment:

    • Backpack

    • If you’re not going to carry your luggage all the way, a smaller backpack to carry clothes, water, food, towel, footwear and water.

  • Footwear:

    • A pair of comfortable, light, quick-drying trekking shoes or sneakers, molded to your feet.

    • A comfortable footwear to rest your feet after a long walk (flip flops, sneakers)

    • Crocs or similar footwear to cross rivers (and an extra pair of socks).

  • A hiking-trekking stick pole for support when walking and crossing rivers. Optional.

  • A sleeping bag. If you are planning to sleep at the accommodation, this requirement is optional. If you’re planning to camp, you will need an alpine sleeping bag. Whatever you take, make sure it is light.

  • An insulated camping mat if you are planning to sleep outdoor and during “peak season” in case there are no free beds at the accommodation sites.

  • A water canteen (or water bottle).

  • Water: the amount needed for each stretch (calculate 1 liter every 2 hours).

  • A water resistant jacket. We also recommend a water resistant cover for your backpack. An easy solution is to take large refuse bags.

  • Clothes (the minimum amount): one or two changes of clothes for walking. Bear in mind the range of temperature. You will probably start and end the day wearing warm clothes but at midday you will be wearing only a t-shirt so, it is best to dress in layers.

  • A hat or cap for the sun.

  • A towel and a pair of flip flops.

  • An easy-to-find small towel for the river crossings. It’s very important to dry your feet after crossing rivers.

  • A basic first-aid kit with an antiseptic, analgesics, an anti-inflammatory drug, burn cream, an anti-allergic if needed, gauze/band aids/tape.

  • For the feet: vaseline and Micropore tape. We hardly recommend you wear Vaseline on your feet and/or Micropore tape on toes or sensitive areas to avoid blisters. Take a needle for blisters. This is VERY IMPORTANT in order to prevent blisters. You can take all this in your first-aid kit.

  • Personal care kit: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, repellent, cream, sun block and wet wipes.

  • Documents, a printed map (you will not always have a phone signal), addresses and useful phone numbers.

  • Bear in mind that at times you will have to walk on the side of the road. If it is dark, you will need a flashlight or a fluorescent vest.

 

Our Recommendations

Before the Pilgrimage

Avoid carrying extra luggage. Remember you can always hire a backup car or send your luggage from one accommodation to the next.
The rainy season begins in December and lasts through April. During this part of the year there could be floods. Get in touch with Dario Zambrano for more information.
Each pilgrim is fully responsible for his or her pilgrimage. So, we recommend you invest time on carefully planning your trip. Local authorities are not responsible for any mishap during the pilgrimage.
If you feel you need to hire a guide, contact Dario Zambrano (+54 9 388 573 9014) or Hugo García (+4 9 388 572 0935).
Check the temperature for the season you’re planning to travel so you know what to pack.

During the Pilgrimage

The Route is marked with yellow arrows painted on rocks, walls and posts. The arrows indicate the way. You will also find route signs. Remember that during most of the route you will have no phone signal.
Bear in mind that you should eat a cereal bar/fruit/snack every half an hour. This will give you energy to walk. You won’t find stores along the way. Do not run out of food and water. Do not litter (not even biodegradables). Take your own plastic bags for litter.
Do not walk alone. Partners could help in the event of an unforeseen problem. Remember you have no phone signal throughout most of the route.

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