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Very short stay in Salta

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Very short stay in Salta

I'm going to be in Salta for two days. On day 1 I thought I'd look around the city and maybe go the cable car as my flight gets in about 11am. On day 2 I want to go on a day trip to see whatever is likely to take my breath away the most that can be done in a day trip through a tour company. Im looking for great scenery but not fussed about vineyards. Any suggestions? I know ideally I'd spend much longer in Salta but were on a tight schedule and it was a case of two days or miss Salta completely which I didn't want to do.

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1. Re: Very short stay in Salta

Why not take a ride on the Tren a las Nubes (Train to the Clouds)?


The tickets are a little bit pricier but it is one of the top train trips in South America if not the world. Since you're looking for sights to take your breath away, there's no better option than the Train to the Clouds. I can't suggest it enough!


Have fun,

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2. Re: Very short stay in Salta

I would not reccomend the train especially as it doesnt run in rainy season. for me who has done every journey a load of times - the Quebrada de las conchas Salta to Cafayate is one of the great drives of the world and on a day trip you will get to see it in both directions - it is constantly changing.

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3. Re: Very short stay in Salta

Salta itself is a nice town but what is worth the journey is the surrounding scenery, north to Purmamarca or South to Cafayate so imo you need at least 5 days to make the trip worthwhile. You don't say where you are coming from, will you be in the area anyway? Is that why you'll only be there for 2 days?

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4. Re: Very short stay in Salta

Thanks everyone. I liked the looks of the train but have read a lot of negative reviews about the length of it and lack of comfort. I think we'll do the town itself on the day we arrive and then go on a full day excursion to cafayate on the 2nd day. Sounds exactly like what I'm looking for. Unfortunately limited on time as we are in iguazu just before and heading to buenos aires afterwards. Got a packed itinerary!

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5. Re: Very short stay in Salta

IMO, I would better suggest to take a private tour to Purmamarca and Salt flats instead. If I had to choose something to see because I have a limited time, that is what I would do. If you can not afford a private tour, I suggest to take a daytour to Cafayate with a travel agency in a regular tour.

Forget the train... it is a loooooong trip and too exhausting!!!!

Have a wonderful time in the NW!


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6. Re: Very short stay in Salta

I agree with Giena that - if you are committed to doing a day trip - Purmamarca is a more rewarding option than Cafayate. Cramming in the salt flats along with Purmamarca doesn't even seem doable, though. The salt flats are a couple hours away from Purmamarca.

Keep in mind this will be a very long day. Purmamarca is several hours away from Salta (I want to say 3 hrs at least).

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