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Air

Salta’s Martín Miguel de Güemes Airport is 9.5km southwest of town. Local bus 8A from San Martín by Córdoba runs to the airport, otherwise it’s AR$180 to AR$220 in a taxi from downtown.

Aerolíneas Argentinas Flies several times daily to Buenos Aires; also serves Córdoba and Mendoza.

Andes Two to three weekly flights to Buenos Aires with connection to Puerto Madryn.

BoA Has an office in a shopping arcade off Plaza 9 de Julio. Flies to Santa Cruz (Bolivia) once a week.

LATAM Flies to Buenos Aires and Lima (Peru)

Bus

Salta’s bus terminal has ATMs, tourist information and left-luggage services.

Three companies run to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile (AR$700, nine to 10 hours), with daily departures at 7am via Jujuy and Purmamarca. They continue to Calama (AR$850), Antofagasta (AR$900), Iquique (AR$1050) and Arica (AR$1150).

Ale Hermanos runs two to three times daily to San Antonio de los Cobres (AR$208, 5½ hours) and Cachi (AR$210, 4½ hours).

For Puerto Iguazú, change in Resistencia. For Bariloche, change in Mendoza. Companies sell through-tickets.

Buses from Salta

Buenos Aires

Cost (AR$)

3000

Duration (hr)

18-22

Cafayate

Cost (AR$)

390-440

Duration (hr)

4

Córdoba

Cost (AR$)

750-2155

Duration (hr)

11-14

Jujuy

Cost (AR$)

250

Duration (hr)

2

La Quiaca

Cost (AR$)

430

Duration (hr)

La Rioja

Cost (AR$)

1400-1600

Duration (hr)

10

Mendoza

Cost (AR$)

1880-3095

Duration (hr)

18-20

Resistencia

Cost (AR$)

1325-1430

Duration (hr)

10-12

Salvador Mazza

Cost (AR$)

850

Duration (hr)

Santiago del Estero

Cost (AR$)

400-1125

Duration (hr)

7

Tucumán

Cost (AR$)

262-500

Duration (hr)

Car

There are dozens of car-rental agencies: get several quotes. Typically, it’s AR$800 to AR$1000 per day, and triple that for a 4WD.

There are often advance-booking specials online. Most offer discounts for paying cash.

Companies, including international names, can be slipshod operations. Mechanical problems are common (we had a car break down on us at the Bolivian border!), and don't expect state-of-the-art roadside assistance: you're often better off sorting out minor problems yourself. Complaints are frequent.

A list of providers is available at http://turismo.salta.gov.ar. Alto Valle is considered a solid service – well priced and professional.

Always check with the Provincial Tourist Office for current road conditions. Punctures are common, so check the spare kit of your vehicle before leaving Salta.

You can’t take rental cars into Bolivia, but it's possible to head into Chile by paying a bit extra and giving a few days’ notice.