Located in the northwest of Argentina, Salta is about 850 miles (1,370 km) away from San Antonio de Areco, a small town known for its estancias (ranches) and gaucho culture. Because San Antonio de Areco is close to Buenos Aires (approx 70 miles/112 km away), the easiest way to get there is to fly from Salta to Aeroparque Airport (AEP) in Buenos Aires, then take a private transfer to San Antonio de Areco.
Alternatively, there are also buses to San Antonio from the Retiro bus terminal in Buenos Aires, which you can reach by taxi or public transportation from the airport.
This 7-day itinerary starts in Buenos Aires before transferring to Salta, your jumping-off point for the salt flats and painted deserts of Argentina's far north, and ending in San Antonio de Areco.
By Plane and Private Transfer
Duration: 4 hours (2-hour plane ride, 1.5+ hour transfer)
The easiest way to reach Salta Airport (SLA) is to take a taxi or private transfer. The airport is 7 miles (11.5 km) away from the city center and takes about 20 minutes to reach. From there you can fly to AEP, which is only 3 miles (5 km) from the city center. A private transfer will pick you up and take you to San Antonio de Areco. The drive takes around 1.5 hours and can get longer during rush hour.
The journey to San Antonio de Areco is quiet and unremarkable, taking you first through the suburbs of Buenos Aires and then into the Pampas.
By Plane and Bus
Duration: 6 hours (2-hour plane ride, 2.5-hour bus ride, plus transfers)
Once you arrive at Aeroparque Airport (AEP) you can take a taxi or the 45A, 33C, or 33A bus, which will take you to Retiro. From there several buses leave for San Antonio de Areco daily. Depending on traffic and delays, the journey can take 2.5 to 3 hours from Retiro, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time.