2 Buses from Salta to Calama 3 times-week
I did the trip from Calama to Salta (i came from Lima,Peru, crossing by Arica to Calama) all by bus. It was a really interesting journey. But you have to make sure that you have the right schedules for the buses. Now if you wanna do the way back, from Salta to Calama, there are 2 buses : Geminis (www.geminis.cl) and Pullman (www.pullman.cl). Both run only three times a week: Tuesday, Thrusday and Sunday at 7am. And it takes more than 10 hours. You can check the web page of each one and try to get some more information and also the prices. Or if u are in Salta and have some time to check around go to the Terminal (address: Hipólito Irigoyen 339) both companies leave from the same place, Pullman (stand 15) Geminis (stand 16).
Hope i helped you a little bit.
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Asuncion to Salta
We arrived in Salta after a long, overnight journey from Asuncion in Paraguay to Salta, a trip that took us almost 24 hours. For anyone else considering this journey, there are no direct services from Asuncion so you need to change at Resistencia, from where the companies La Nueva Estrella and Flecha Bus have daily services at 6.30pm and 7pm respectively. Both are semi-cama and both arrive very early in Salta (at 7am and 7.45 am respectively).
The bus station in Salta is about 8 blocks east of the main square and is well set up for arrival, at any time of day. It´s a nice, modern terminal with left-luggage, cafes, ATMs and locutorios (i.e. phone and internet access).
Safari a las nubes (way to heaven)
There slogan : travel different with the "Movi Track" transporter
The particular condition of the mountain roads in northern Argentina and traveling with those special types of vehicles must be a unique style of traveling. In fact a rolling hotel with 24hr service and all facilities.
The central booking agency is located in Salta.
- National/State Park
- Road Trip
Trains - "luxury" or adventure
Trains in Argentina are no travel option - except in the surroundings of Buenos Aires. Most railways were laid down under the last decades. But an interesting railway connects Salta with Socompa in Chile. Under the very dry winter season a special tourist train ("train to the clouds") is going from Salta up the mountains close to the highest point (more than 4000 m above sea level) and back again. It is quite an expensive experience. The other option on the same route is to try to get a ride on a cargo train to Socompa in Chile but that seems to be sometimes difficult and the trains are passing the most interesting parts of this route during the night.
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Why not a bus to Peru?
You can get almost anywhere by bus from Salta -- even Peru. But if you don't want to spend your afternoon at the bus station, I have put some times and other information on the following webpage:
I hope it's useful!
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- Road Trip
If You Need To Fly
Contrary to what I read in my guide book, you can NOT fly from Salta to Bariloche in the south. You must fly first to Buenos Aires and then pick up a another flight. No wonder flying is expensive in that part of the world.
You can save a lot of money by shopping around the various airlines offices in Salta. We tried Aerolineas Argentinas and Southern Winds as shown in Lonely Planet. Both seemed costly and (worse!) required a layover in Buenos Aires for the night before picking up the Bariloche leg of the journey the next morning. Luckily, we stumbled across the American Falcon office in Salta. It was cheaper than the other two and did not require a lengthy layover.
This 'mystery' airline turned out to be OK. Our 2 flights were uneventful and we wouldn't hesitate to fly with them again. I would however, be very careful of their lunch. A nice tender piece of beef covered with a really nasty fish smelling gravey. Whoa! That was bad.
TIP: The taxi from the Plaza 9 de Julio to the airport was 8 pesos (less than $3US) for two. The airport was pretty new and very clean. Restrooms very nice. As usual in airports, the food was expensive. A cup of coffee (Nescafe) was 3.5P.
Build your own runway
OK - let's say you need to land your plane but there is no runway - solution : Build your own! The photo shows our plane landing on the gravel runway we built. It is very difficult to get a plane to take off at 12,500 feet elevation - our runway was over two miles long - take off was a real trill ride (if crashing in the Andes is your idea of a thrill) We landed at sunrise before the thermal made the runway unusable. Guys pile out of the plane and rush to board, unloading and reloading takes about two minutes - then it's off to Salta for a beer.
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