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Navigating Salta with Independence: A Comprehensive Car Rental Guide

Salta, often dubbed "La Linda" (The Beautiful), is a testament to Argentina's rich colonial history and natural beauty. Nestled in the Lerma Valley, Salta boasts stunning architecture, vibrant markets, and a gateway to some of South America's most enchanting landscapes. Here's how renting a car can transform your Salta journey.

Benefits of Renting a Car in Salta:

  1. Broadened Horizons: Salta's attractions aren't just within the city; many of its gems are in the surrounding valleys and mountains. A car offers access to these wonders.
  2. Personalized Exploration: Drive through the scenic routes at your pace. Pause at lookouts, explore lesser-known spots, and choose your own adventure.
  3. Cost-effective: While guided tours have their merits, hiring a car might be more economical, especially if traveling with family or friends.

From The Tarmac to The Road:

  • Nearest Airport: Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport serves Salta.
  • Distance to Salta City Center: Approximately 10 km, an easy drive of about 15-20 minutes via Av. Bat de Salta.

On The Go: Key Insights:

  1. Tolls: While many roads in and around Salta are toll-free, some highways and intercity routes might have toll booths. Keep local currency handy.
  2. Road Conditions: Primary roads and highways in the region are generally in good shape. However, when venturing into more rural areas or towards the Andes, be prepared for unpaved and occasionally challenging terrains.
  3. Traffic: Salta's city center can get busy during peak hours. However, as you move away from the urban areas, traffic thins out considerably.

Unmissable Attractions & Routes:

  1. Salta's Historic Center: Just minutes from any point in the city, this area offers colonial-era charm with landmarks such as the pink Salta Cathedral and the Cabildo.
  2. Train to the Clouds: Though a train journey, the starting point, Salta Station, is within the city and offers one of the highest rail journeys in the world.
  3. Cafayate: Located about 190 km south of Salta via Route 68, this is a wine lover's paradise amidst the Calchaquí Valleys.
  4. Quebrada de Humahuaca: A UNESCO World Heritage site located north of Salta, about 120 km via National Route 9. Expect a drive filled with stunning geological formations and historical sites.
  5. Cuesta del Obispo and Parque Nacional Los Cardones: An impressive mountainous road that offers unparalleled views, located roughly 90 km from Salta.

Driving Recommendations:

  1. Type of Vehicle: Consider your destinations. City explorations may only require a compact car, but for more adventurous routes or off-road ventures, an SUV might be preferable.
  2. Parking: In Salta city, there's street parking, often metered, and several car parks. In rural areas and tourist spots, parking is generally straightforward.
  3. Stay Updated: For mountainous excursions or after heavy rainfalls, check local road conditions. Some routes may become impassable.


With the freedom a rental car offers in Salta, you're set to explore not just a city but an entire region filled with rich history, diverse cultures, and breathtaking landscapes. Buckle up for an Argentine experience like no other!


Current Rental Rates in Salta

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 79.24 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 554.74 EUR from 22/01/2024

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  Manual |

Mystery Car Compact or Larger

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 82.77 EUR/day
Mystery Car Compact or Larger

7 Days rental at 579.41 EUR from 22/01/2024

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  Manual |

Fiat Palio

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 83.61 EUR/day
Fiat Palio

7 Days rental at 585.33 EUR from 22/01/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Useful to know about Salta

  • Salta is reputed to have the best preserved colonial architecture in Argentina
  • It was founded in 1582 by the conquistador Hernando de Lerma, after whom the valley wherein Salta is situated was named
  • It’s also said to have the most liveable climate in Argentina
  • The city is nearly 4,000ft above sea level
  • The Lerma Valley produces some of Argentina’s fine wines


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  • 6.4/10
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    EUROPCAR Franchise
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