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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2011
Independant transportation vs. public transportation vs. tour groups  (1 Answer)

I am not a poor shoestring backpacker (any more). I am an avid photo enthusiast who likes to chronicle my travels.

Usually I travel with the wife and we can share costs and a private car is within our means but this time I am solo.
I could take public buses but I'd go crazy not being able to stop and take a photo of a wonderful scene. I could take an organized tour where you can often ask the driver to stop for a quick photo. But often these tours only stop for a few hours in many village/towns that I think I'd like to spend an evening in i.e. Tilcara, Purmamarca, Iruya, ect. Furthermore these tours tend to leave too late in the morning or arrive too late to capture the best light (early morning/late evening) for photography.

So I am thinking hiring a taxi for intercity trips MAY be the best of my options. I am just wondering what the costs and availability would be. I’d hire the car for a half day morning trip and have to pay for the driver to drive back home in the afternoon. I’d stay in my new town and then hire another local to get me to the next place a few days later. This worked well for me when I toured Rajasthan, India and Mali.

The question MUCH money would a taxi driver expect per day?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2011
Salta in august 2011  (1 Answer)

I will be in Salta for 4 nights, would like to have some suggestion on what to visits.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2011
Valles Calchaquies  (3 Answers)

I'd like to visit some wineries around Cafayate and the Valles Calchaquies... but I'd love some help with a few questions I have...!

- How easy/difficult is to get around on public transportation?
- Besides wineries, what else would you suggest me to see?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2010
Driving time  (1 Answer)

Does anybody know the driving time between cachi and salta via N.P. Los Cordones?

We will be there at the end of November.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2009
Travelling from Salta to Buenos Aires  (2 Answers)

Me and two friends of mine have 6 days to get from salta to buenos aires. We were wondering if anybody had any suggestions to how we could do it(car,bus?) and which places would be good to visit on the trip? Which places to go and cool things to do?
Thank you for you replies:)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2008
The "Tren a las nubes- Train to the clouds" tour is now running again  (3 Answers)

Since last week, with new wagons,locomotives and rails, it is running 3 times a week (it may change with season). It costs 140 dollars for foreigners, 100 dollars for argentinians and 70 dollars for the people of Salta. it includes breakfast and lunch.
Too expensive for the argentinians. It is an example of the bad face of the foreign tourism on us, the locals.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2008
Sharing a 4x4 to rent for a 1 week trip around Salta


We are a french couple who want to visit the province of Salta by ourselves (no tourism agencies, no autocars). One of the best way to be independant and see the most beautiful landscapes is to rent a car. But many beautiful places and roads are only accessible by 4x4, or safer by 4x4, especially in this season (rain...)
The rent of a 4x4 is very expensive for us, so we would like to find 2 other people who are interested, and who like camping and trekking in the nature.

Our approximative dates : from 12/02/08 to 19/02/08
We start from Salta.

Bye bye!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2007
El Shinkal (Inca ruins) near Londres & Belen in N/W Argentina (also Quilmes)  (1 Answer)

I realise that these ruins are in Catamarca Province but there isn't much happening in that forum, ... and I so want some feedback.

I'm looking for recommendations from people who may have visited these ruins, and whether they really are something very special and worth the effort of getting there?

Any suggestions of the best way to get there? Eg is there a bus from Santa Maria to Belen? I presume this would be a gravel road, if hiring a car would a 4WD be required?

Also interested in comments regarding the Quilmes ruins, and also any comparisons between Quilmes and Shinkal???

Many Many Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2007
Valles Calchaquies?  (1 Answer)

I'd like to rent a car and drive from Cafayate to Cachi, then to Salta. I've noticed that there's lots of gravel roads on the Calchaqui valleys. Are they in good shape? Are these difficult to drive on? I'd be going in November so i believe it's before the rainy season? can this be done in a day? Can i do it with just about any car or do i need a 4x4? thanks!

Me gustaria alquilar un auto y manejar desde Cafayate a Cachi, y de ahi a Salta. Vi que hay bastantes caminos de ripio. En que condiciones estan? Es dificil de manejar por ahi? Iriamos en noviembre, asi que me parece que es antes de la temporada de lluvia? Se puede hacer en un dia? COn cualquier auto o solamente con 4x4? gracias!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 18, 2006
freight from Salta  (5 Answers)

Good Morning, We would like to take the freight train in November of next year from Salta to San Antonio de los Cobres.
Can we book our seats before we arrive in Salta?
If so how do we go about booking on the freight train?
If we can't book in advance where do we go to buy the ticket?
Do we have to get to the station days before the train leaves to ensure our seats or can we buy the tickets on the Wednesday that the train leaves?
Thank you for your help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 19, 2005
Guachipas cuevas y huellas de los dinosaurios (caves and dinosaur prints in Guachipas)  (1 Answer)

Has anyone ever taken an excursion to see the caves in Guachipas of the paintings and the dinosaur prints? I`m trying to figure out if they are worth it because it`s expensive, but it also sounds really cool. Would appreciate anyone`s insight if they have been.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2005
from Salta to Bolivia (Salar de Uyuni or Potosi)  (1 Answer)

I am planning to travel from Salta to the Bolivia (Salar de Uyuni or Potosi).

Can you help me, its possible or not? and how long does the journey take by bus or with car? Bus is cheapest way, and if possible i need information about the bus timetable from Salta to Bolivia,

Thank you in advance for answers,

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