THE TRIP

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Argentina -

The au­thor trav­elled with Ar­gen­tinian,

Salta-based travel com­pany Turismo Re­spon­s­able (www.tures.tur.ar) on a three-day To­lar Grande tour. Prices start from around AR$5,900 (£209).

Get­ting there

Salta is the base for most trips into the high puña. There are no in­ter­na­tional flights to its air­port, which is a two-hour flight from Buenos Aires (BA). Bri­tish Air­ways (britishair­ways.com) and Nor­we­gian (nor­we­gian.com) are the only air­lines to fly di­rect from the UK to BA.

Note that most flights into BA land at EZE (Min­istro Pis­tarini In­ter­na­tional Air­port; aka Ezeiza In­ter­na­tional Air­port). Your flight to Salta, how­ever, may de­part from AEP (Jorge New­bery Air­field) in Buenos Aires. The dis­tance between the two air­ports is 44km, and traf­fic can be pretty heavy along the way, so al­low for at least a cou­ple of hours’ tran­sit on top of the usual wait­ing time set aside for clear­ing im­mi­gra­tion, etc.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion

To­lar Grande has one sim­ple ‘ho­tel’, the Hos­te­ria Casa An­d­ina (+54 9 3876 10 5209; no web­site). Oth­er­wise, there is home­s­tay ac­com­mo­da­tion to be found in sev­eral lo­cal houses.

Food & drink

Llama is the most com­mon meat en­coun­tered up in the puña, but beef and chicken are of­ten avail­able. All are served with rice or pota­toes, or pasta is some­times avail­able. Veg­e­tar­i­ans will find a fairly lim­ited diet, how­ever, es­pe­cially if you don’t eat eggs.

What to take Sun­screen and sun­glasses are

a must. Be sure to take plenty of lay­ers of cloth­ing, as tem­per­a­tures can of­ten vary wildly. A wind­proof jacket and scarf (or sim­i­lar pro­tec­tion against dust and sand) are also use­ful. Bring your own wa­ter bot­tle, and you may need to take a warm sleep­ing bag if trav­el­ling in win­ter.

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