Explores Rarely Visited Wonders of Salta

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Explores Rarely Visited Wonders of Salta

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 26, 2015A leader in customized travel itineraries to the farthest corners of Argentina and Chile, Say Hueque (http://sayhueque.com/), announces the new Salta: Adventure Tolar Grande, a five-night / six-day adventure exploring one of South America’s favorite colonial cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing one of the biggest and most visually surreal salt flats on Earth.

This program has been expressly designed for adventure travelers who seek the extraordinary and seldom visited and for photographers looking to capture that one-of-a-kind nature shot. The per person rate begins at $1,210 double and includes accommodations, some meals, overland transportation and guide fees. For more information please see http://www.sayhueque.com/salta-adventure-tolar-grande/

“We developed this off-the-beaten path itinerary because we wanted to offer the possibility to visit one of the most impressive and undiscovered parts of this region,” said Rafa Mayer, Say Hueque’s Founder and Team Leader.

This new tour begins in Salta in the north of Argentina. This is a visitor favorite with outstanding museums, colonial architecture, alive cafés in the main plaza and the vibrant and authentic peñas, places where locals grab a table to watch their favorite folk singers and after a wine (or two) everyone begins dancing. An early departure on Day 2 drives guests into wild country that includes Quebrada del Toro, or bull gorge, all the while climbing to the highest point, Abra Alto El Chorrillo (4,560 meters above sea level) before descending through the Salt Lakes (salar de pocitos). A stop at a natural viewpoint called Siete Curvas (seven curves) showcases Desierto del Diablo, with bright red rock formations that some call a postcard of Mars.

The destination is Tolar Grande in the corner of the great Salar de Arizaro (salt lake). Accommodation in a mountain shelter after a hearty home-made dinner tops off this day. This village of fewer than 400 inhabitants includes an abandoned train station that used to be a part of the industrial trail that connected Argentina and Pacific in the 19th century. After the military coup in 1930s, the trail was closed and the city nearly disappeared.

Cono de Arita, a formation in the center of the salt flat, is Day 3’s destination, enroute surveying Ojos de Mar, three small lagoons formed millions of years ago in the salt flats. Then it’s on to Salar de Arizaro, one of the biggest salt flats in the world. The high Andes Range is on the horizon. Again tonight dinner is homemade before bedding down in a mountain shelter.

A landscape of contrasting colors through valleys and mountains leads to San Antonio de Los Cobres, one of the region’s smallest villages, on Day 4, following much of the route of the famous Tren de las Nubes. Moving north appear the amazing Salinas Grandes or The Great Salt Flats at 4,200 meters above sea level. The salt flats are perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike, with natural light and reflections providing ample creative opportunities. The destination up a mountain road, Cuesta de Lipan, is Purmamarca at the base of Jujuy’s famed mountain of seven colors.

Day 5 introduces Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. Stops include Maimará, Paleta del Pintor (a photo stop on the road), Tilcara, and its famous Pucará de Tilcara, Trópico de Capricornio, Uquía (Pinturas Cuzqueñas) and finally, the small town of Humahuaca before returning to Salta in the evening.

As Say Hueque owner Rafael Mayer explains, “We are a group of Argentine travel professionals who are passionate about our country. We have hiked in Patagonia, felt the mist of these falls on our smiling faces, walked along glaciers and cruised the deep blue lakes of South America. We have visited hundreds of hotels, sampled hundreds of restaurants and discovered the best wineries around, so we know exactly where to get a delicious steak, a sublime Malbec and a comfy bed along the way.”

Established in 1999, the company creates customized tours for independent travelers throughout Argentina’s and Chile´s national parks and cities. Popular destinations and experiences include Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking in Patagonia, wine tasting in Mendoza, horseback riding at traditional estancias and glacier cruises.

Say Hueque adopted its name from the last tribal chief that surrendered to the Europeans in their conquest of the American lands, in 1885. The Great Cacique Say Hueque was the leader of a powerful tribe that occupied the region of central Patagonia. Their cultural influence is still very strong at some locations close to the Andes Range.
About Say Hueque
Say Hueque specializes in customized travel itineraries to the farthest corners of Argentina and Chile.  Careful focus is placed on creating unique travel experiences that embrace local cultures and celebrate the natural wonders of nature.

Based in Buenos Aires the Say Hueque staff is comprised of young, enthusiastic English-speaking professionals who share the passion of traveling as much their clients. With intimate experience and strong local connections they provide 24/7 assistance and support when traveling.

Popular destinations include Patagonia, Iguacu Falls, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Atacama Desert, Uyuni Salt Flats and the Salta region as well as many other lesser known but equally captivating marvels. Say Hueque has been recommended by the world’s most popular travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Footprints, and Time Out year after year. The company has partnerships with and membership in Sustainable Travel International (STI), Responsible Travel, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), ASTA and LATA.

Merck Unites With UNESCO to Build Research Capacity in Africa

UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit - Geneva, Switzerland, October 19, 2015 (PRNewsFoto/Merck)

UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit – Geneva, Switzerland, October 19, 2015 (PRNewsFoto/Merck)

GENEVA, October 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

  • UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit aims to define interventions to prepare for the road ahead in Africas development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation
  • Summit will put specific emphasis on how to translate knowledge into action to improve health
  • Summit to be conducted on a yearly basis to ensure significant sustainable impact; 2015 edition will be dedicated to emergent infectious diseases

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today launches in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) the first edition of the UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland. The summit aims to address the vital role of scientific research in the improvement and sustainable development of the African population health, with specific emphasis on how to translate knowledge into action.

“Merck is very pleased to join forces with UNESCO and take together an active role in addressing health challenges and strengthening the role of scientific research in life sciences and medical sciences for Africa,” said Stefan Oschmann, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board and Deputy CEO of Merck, at the inauguration of the UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit. “The summit will bring together researchers from across Africa to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data with the aim of identifying development opportunities that will contribute to building research capacity, accelerating access to innovative health solutions and sustaining innovation in Africa.”

“The UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit was initiated to address in parts the vital role of research in the improvement and sustainable development of population health with specific emphasis on how to translate knowledge into action – the ‘know-do gap’ – to improve health,” emphasized Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General of Natural Sciences, UNESCO. “Moreover, the summit will provide a platform for dialogue on improving global cooperation on life science and health research and narrowing the disparities in health systems performance between developing and developed countries.”

Uganda Minister of State of Health, Sarah Opendi emphasized at the summit “New Health Challenges are expected in the future and therefore this noble initiative by UNESCO and Merck will significantly contribute towards enhancing policy environment, support and build capacity of researchers in low and middle income countries.”

The summit will be conducted on a yearly basis to ensure significant sustainable impact on access to high-quality and innovative healthcare solutions, building research capacity and sustaining innovation across Africa.

The 2015 UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit will focus on the role of building capacities in the life sciences to address challenges of infectious diseases, most notably the Ebola crises.

Scientifically supported by UNESCO, the University of Cambridge (UK), and the University of Rome (Italy), the summit will be a valuable opportunity for young researchers who are engaged and interested in health and life science research in Africa to learn about the full spectrum of ground-breaking scientific research currently underway, and prepare for the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation. Abstracts were invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in HIV, Ebola and other infectious diseases research. All are primarily based at African research institutes and universities. All abstracts were peer reviewed by scientific committee and will be eligible for fellowship award in Merck R&D hub and further number of research awards which will be announced at the end of the summit.

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About Merck 

Merck (PRNewsFoto/Merck)

Merck (PRNewsFoto/Merck)

Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 40,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2014, Merck generated sales of € 11.3 billion in 66 countries.

Founded in 1668, Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, EMD Millipore and EMD Performance Materials