Salta,Argentina

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Salta is the capital of the Salta province in Argentina.

Get in

  • Plane: the airport is 5 km south of the city centre. Bus “8A” runs between the airport and the bus terminal, the bus stop to get on is 500m from the terminal entrance on the main road. The Aerolíneas Argentinas office is located at Caseros 475, tel. (0387) 431 0258. There are taxis and remises that will cost a minimum of 450000 pesos to the city centre.
  • Bus: there are connections to all major cities in Argentina. The bus station is just one block from Parque San Martín, or 8 blocks from the main plaza. A taxi to the main tourist office in Buenos Aires calle (street) will cost 5 pesos. Agree on the price before leaving the bus terminal and get the meter docket from the driver. The is luggage storage at the bus station. (aprox 20 pesos per bag)
Buenos Aires around 20 hours – 1342 pesos (cama)(Mar 2015).
Puerto Iguazú 24 hours, 900 pesos (cama FlechaBus May 2014, +30% from the price of 2012)
La Quiaca 7 hours – 150 pesos (company: Balut (6 each day)
Tucuman 4 hours – 120 pesos (FlechaBus, Feb 2012)
Cafayate 4 hours – 86 pesos (Companies: El Indio / Flecha) (Dec 2013)
Cordoba 13 hours – 188/202 pesos (semi-cama/cama)bought in February. Jan 2012 – Semi Cama 350 pesos (13 hours) Andesmar.
Formosa 13 hours advertised but took 16 hours The FlechaBus is semi cama (sleep in aircraft cattle class seats) 181 pesos at october 09. The bus stops at every town along the road. You will receive a packet of two buscuits on departure and unless you know the system you will not get a chance to buy food on the trip so buy something before boarding the bus. There is a toilet on board and is reasonably clean for the whole journey. The bus departs Formosa at 5.10pm daily
Mendoza 18 hours – 670/770 pesos (semi-cama/cama, Mar 2012)
Jujuy 2 hours – 50 pesos (Nov 2013)
Cachi 4.5 hours – 67 pesos (Nov 2013)
From Jujuy it’s possible to take a combi (shared taxi) for Ar$10. – Take Care “Combis” are not legal transportation.
Buses also arrive from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile leaving 9:30am in San Pedro and arriving at around 8:30pm in Salta – around 10 hours including the time taken to cross the border – 22,000 to 35,000 chilean pesos (Pullman Bus, Andes Mar, November 2015).

Get out

Trips

Salta is the base for many great trips throughout the province. There are plenty tour agencies offering excursions in the region. (REMEMBER: Taxi drivers or nice people from your hotel ARE NOT legally authorized and qualified for the performing of such activities). Especially good are the 4WD trips to the beautiful Valles Calchaquíes, as well as rafting trips to the Río Juramento.

To Bolivia

  • The Bolivian altiplano is an interesting next stop. 4WD trips that pass through the Salar de Uyuni may be started at the Bolivian towns of Tupiza and Uyuni or the Chilean town of San Pedro de Atacama.

By Bus

  • A bus can be taken to the border town of La Quiaca, from which the border can be crossed by foot to the Bolivian border town of Villazón, where another bus may be taken to Tupiza, La Paz, etc. Total distance to go by foot is about 1.5 to 2km. Bolivian money may be withdrawn in ATMs in Villazón. See Villazón and La Quiaca.
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