The only way to cross the 100 miles (161 km) between the capital city of Salta and the tranquil mountain town Cachi is overland, but you have a few options to choose from. Private transfers, called remises, are available in Salta, as are rental cars. Buses cover the distance as well but are not the quickest or most comfortable way to go.

Cachi is located in Salta's Calchaquí Valley, and this 5-day itinerary includes a visit to the town as well as other important sites in and around the valley. Many travelers choose to continue on from Cachi to the wine hub of Cafayate, and this 11-day itinerary covers both.

By Private Transfer

Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

The roads in Salta can be as beautiful as they are narrow as they wind through mountain valleys, so the advantage of a private transfer is twofold: you can stare out the window the whole time and avoid the challenge of navigating mountain roads. In Argentina, a dedicated driver is often a Whatsapp message away, so be sure to ask your concierge or guide for recommendations. During the three-hour ride, keep an eye out for condors and antelope-like vicunas. 

By Rental Car

Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Driving along RP33 to Cachi yourself gives you the freedom to stop whenever the dessert landscape moves you, which could be often. If you navigate the hairpin turns on the border of Los Cardones National Park, you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view from the Cuesta de Obispo. You can also stop for a photo at the Piedra del Molino, a tiny stone chapel with a millstone, overlooking the valley.

By Bus

Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

With several departures from Salta throughout the day, the bus is a popular option among Argentinian tourists. However, the ride will take about an hour longer than a ride by private transfer or car, and it might not be the most comfortable way to weave through the mountain valleys on your way to Cachi.


Map of How to Get from Salta to Cachi
Map of How to Get from Salta to Cachi