22 Feb   A last day in Buenos Aires  22 Feb
  Argentina & Chile  
Salta to Tilcara   24 Feb  24 Feb 
 
 
 
 
 
Salta
23 Feb 2014
Salta    23 Feb 2014
  Salta, Argentina   
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We aren't supposed to be in Salta yet, we'd planned an overnight (20 hour) bus from Buenos Aires to Tilcara, but plans changed and we flew to the airport nearest Tilcara which is Salta. Salta has a charming colonial downtown surrounded by nondescript sprawl. Our hotel, Ankara suites, is modern and tasteful. The staff speaks little English. Lucas, who checked us in, was well dressed in his dark suit. Argentinians dress better than North Americans.

Salta, settled in 1582, is an Andean city of half a million in northwest Argentina. It is a popular base for exploring the local parks and Inca ruins. We'll return shortly, after we check out Tilcara, as it's the start of our upcoming cross-Andes bus ride, the ride that inspired this trip.

 
 
 
 
Police on bikes  
 
 
 
 
Police on bikes  
 
 
 
 
Police on bikes  
 
 
 
Main square  
 
 
 
 
Main square  
 
 
 
 
Main square  
 
 
 
Catching the bus to Tilcara  
 
We flew into Salta, spent a night, then took the bus to Tilcara.
 
 
 
 
Catching the bus to Tilcara  
 
We flew into Salta, spent a night, then took the bus to Tilcara.
 
 
 
 
Catching the bus to Tilcara  
 
We flew into Salta, spent a night, then took the bus to Tilcara.
 
 
 
 22 Feb   A last day in Buenos Aires  22 Feb
  Argentina & Chile  
Salta to Tilcara   24 Feb  24 Feb