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Getting There & Away

The Chilecito Bus Terminal is 1.5km south of the center. It's a nice ride into Chilecito from La Rioja (AR$160, 2½ hours), passing the red rock formations of Los Colorados, with the snowcapped Sierra de Famatina in the background. There are direct services from Chilecito to further-flung destinations such as Buenos Aires, and daily services to Catamarca (AR$240, four hours).

There are also three daily buses to Villa Unión, from where you can access Parque Nacional Talampaya. It's a scenic ride that takes nearly three hours and traverses the spectacular Miranda Pass.

There are no buses north to Belén; to avoid the lengthy backtrack join a tour to El Shincal.