Fly to Salta (1,500km) in the far northwest. The city is renowned for its colonial architecture, friendly population and elegant claret-red ponchos. It lies in a fertile plain at the foot of the arid foothills of the Andes, the only Argentine region where vestiges of indian heritage are still visible. Collect your medium-size 2WD rental vehicle.
Depending on when you arrive in Salta, you will either be taken to pick up your rental car on the way to the hotel, or you will pick it up the following day. You will receive a Fly and Drive kit with maps and useful information about the area and highlights to visit. The vehicle is a GM Corsa (or similar) and includes an allowance of 1,200 km travel, but not fuel. A tax of around US$10-15 will be payable locally upon collection. GPS rental is possible in Salta for approx £12 per day (please request in advance).
You will need to return the car to the same office at the end of the rental period. If you are leaving on a morning flight from Salta, we advise you to do this the day before you depart.
From Salta you’ll set off on an adventurous 5 day circuit starting with an exploration of the Calchaquies Valleys – one of Argentina’s memorable road trips across a cactus-strewn altiplano, gorges lined with improbable rock formations and some of Argentina’s finest vineyards. You’ll continue your discovery following the road north to the Humahuaca gorge whose ancient villages have a distinctly Andean flavour as you approach neighbouring Bolivia.