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Salta to Cafayate, Argentina - 3hrs 30mins By Bus (197kms)

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2014   » View Photoset (34 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
From Salta to Cafayate is 197kms, takes 3 and a half hours by bus and costs around $100 pesos. It's a great journey, especially the last 90 minutes through
Argentina Photo - We pass through a tunnel of trees north of Coronel Moldes.
We pass through a tunnel of trees north of Coronel Moldes.
the Quebrada de las Conchas (ravine).

The Drive from Salta

The trip through the Lerma Valley (Valle de Lerma) south of Salta passes firstly through open green pastures, crop fields and cow grazing land with mountain ranges in the distance around the towns of Cerrillos and La Merced before crossing the Rio Rosario (river). We crossed another river with a train bridge also running over it along beside before passing through El Carril at 1170masl (meters above sea level). Much farmland and overgrown bush up until we passed through the town of Coronel Moldes. Shortly afterwards out on the left I could see the lake - Lago Embalse Cabra Corral before we passed through El Carmen and La Vina at 1190masl.

Food Stop in Talapampa

We now came to Talapampa where the bus stopped for about 20mins for food etc. There were many birds in the pampas waters across the road and nice views of the mountains which were now a little less in the distance. From Talapampa to Cafayate takes 1hr 30mins and in this time the bus travels up to 1660masl. Beside the river the road cuts it's way through the rocky terrain as we slowly ascend. This is the beginning of cactus and ceramics country. The mountains are becoming red and jagged. There is still much greenery down in the valley beside the river. We pass a small vineyard. The mountains in places have many colors, some of the views from the front seat on the top deck of the bus were incredible! The terrain makes you feel as if you are on the moon with it's many shapes and colors in a panoramic view. This is the Quebrada de las Conchas and this is the area where the tour groups bring people to visit the various sights of Cafayate.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Salta to Cafayate (Argentina) to:


Map location: Salta to Cafayate, Argentina. A beautiful trip through the Lerma Valley to an even more beautiful place, Cafayate itself, 3 and half hours from Salta.
 A : Salta - Argentina 73 kms 73 kms straight distance | 1hr 45mins 1hr 45mins by car (94 kms) | 2hrs 6mins 2hrs 6mins by bus (94 kms) (94 kms)
 B : Cafayate - Argentina 78 kms 78 kms straight distance | 1hr 48mins 1hr 48mins by car (111 kms) | 2hrs 9mins 2hrs 9mins by bus (111 kms) (111 kms)
 C : Jujuy - Argentina 140 kms 140 kms straight distance | 3hrs 23mins 3hrs 23mins by car (220 kms) | 4hrs 3mins 4hrs 3mins by bus (220 kms) (220 kms)
 D : Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border) - Argentina 162 kms 162 kms straight distance | 4hrs 3mins 4hrs 3mins by car (245 kms) | 4hrs 51mins 4hrs 51mins by bus (245 kms) (245 kms)
 E : La Quiaca to Jujuy - Argentina 250 kms 250 kms straight distance | 4hrs 48mins 4hrs 48mins by car (336 kms) | 5hrs 45mins 5hrs 45mins by bus (336 kms) (336 kms)
 F : Bermejo & Aguas Blancas Border - Bolivia 327 kms 327 kms straight distance | 5hrs 40mins 5hrs 40mins by car (407 kms) | 6hrs 48mins 6hrs 48mins by bus (407 kms) (407 kms)
 G : Paso de Jama to San Pedro to Calama - Chile 287 kms 287 kms straight distance | 6hrs 29mins 6hrs 29mins by car (410 kms) | 7hrs 46mins 7hrs 46mins by bus (410 kms) (410 kms)
 H : La Quiaca & Bolivian Border - Argentina 371 kms 371 kms straight distance | 6hrs 37mins 6hrs 37mins by car (492 kms) | 7hrs 56mins 7hrs 56mins by bus (492 kms) (492 kms)
 I : Villazon & Argentinian Border - Bolivia 374 kms 374 kms straight distance | 6hrs 52mins 6hrs 52mins by car (496 kms) | 8hrs 14mins 8hrs 14mins by bus (496 kms) (496 kms)
 J : San Pedro de Atacama - Chile 386 kms 386 kms straight distance | 8hrs 13mins 8hrs 13mins by car (569 kms) | 9hrs 51mins 9hrs 51mins by bus (569 kms) (569 kms)
 K : Tupiza - Bolivia 445 kms 445 kms straight distance | 8hrs 15mins 8hrs 15mins by car (587 kms) | 9hrs 54mins 9hrs 54mins by bus (587 kms) (587 kms)
 L : Tarija - Bolivia 444 kms 444 kms straight distance | 8hrs 51mins 8hrs 51mins by car (606 kms) | 10hrs 37mins 10hrs 37mins by bus (606 kms) (606 kms)
 M : Calama - Chile 475 kms 475 kms straight distance | 9hrs 27mins 9hrs 27mins by car (669 kms) | 11hrs 20mins 11hrs 20mins by bus (669 kms) (669 kms)
 N : Tupiza via Atocha to Uyuni - Bolivia 506 kms 506 kms straight distance | 10hrs 57mins 10hrs 57mins by car (688 kms) | 13hrs 8mins 13hrs 8mins by bus (688 kms) (688 kms)
 O : Antofagasta - Chile 530 kms 530 kms straight distance | 11hrs 50mins 11hrs 50mins by car (894 kms) | 14hrs 12mins 14hrs 12mins by bus (894 kms) (894 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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