How to get to Cafayate

Arrival by Air in Buenos Aires

International flights arrive at Ezeiza International airport (EZE).

You need to transfer to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) for all domestic flights. has a good article on the transfers between airports in Buenos Aires. Basically, it can take you between 45 minutes and 2 hours, depending if you take a taxi or a shuttle bus, depending on the time of the day.

Arrival by Air in Salta City

It takes 2 hours to fly from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) to Salty City (SLA).

Aeropuerto Internacional de Salta “Martín Miguel de Güemes” (IATA: SLA, ICAO: SASA) is located 7 km (4.3 mi) southwest of the center of Salta. 

Arrival by Air in Cafayate

Flying from Salta to Cafayate is only an option if you fly by Private Jet.  Commercial flights will hopefully become a reality in the future.

The Cafayate municipal airport is located just 3 km from Cafayate and is open to all aircraft.  Before flying in, pilots are advised to recognize their intentions by Fax to +54 387 437 5110 or by emailing

  • Coordinates: S26 03 51 W065 55 50
  • Location: 0.8 Nm NE Cafayate City, Province of Salta, Argentina
  • Length: 15/33 5900’
  • Surface: asphalt


Arrival by Road in Cafayate, from Salta

Cafayate is a 2 ½ to 3 hour drive to the South of Salta (183 km or 114 miles). Route 68 is fully paved and passes through the picturesque Quebrada de las Conchas Nature Reserve. The scenery is wonderful! Please note that the last gas stop is in La Viña.

Rental cars are rather expensive in Argentina.  Cars are available in Salta through Hertz, Avis, Sixt, EuroCar or Cactus. Cactus is a Salta Car Rental company with generally lower rates, both for short and long term rentals.

There is also a regular bus service between Salta and Cafayate, organized by Flechabus:

You need to catch the Flecha bus in Salta from the Bus Terminal (“Terminal Omnibus”). The Flecha bus stop in Cafayate is on Mitre 140, not far from the main square.

Below is the Flecha time schedule. If you can, make sure to reserve the front seata. The trip takes between 3 to 4 hours.

  • Salta to Cafayate: 6.50,10.30,13.00,17.00,19.30,21.00
  • Cafayate to Salta: 5.00,8.30,10.30,13.30,16.00,19.30.

When arriving in the airport in Salta, you can either take a taxi to the Bus Terminal, or alternatively take bus 8A (“Colectivo 8A”). The bus trip takes about 30 to 40 minutes and is cheap and quite comfortable. The bus stop is just outside the Airport compound. Below you will see the map with the convenient trajectory.

Corredor 8 A - Bus Salta

Amenities in La Estancia de Cafayate

The following document has an overview of all amenities within La Estancia de Cafayate, indicating the relevant opening hours and fees, up to date as per October 2015:  2015 Estancia Amenities with Fees

All amenities are open to tenants.

The Grace Hotel has an open air swimming pool, accessible to non-guests of the hotel for a fee, towels included.

Calling in Cafayate

Here is how Cafayate phone numbers are configured: (3868) 44 4444

Here is how Salta phone numbers are configured: (387) 555 5555

Area code + cell number always total 10 digits.

Many times you will see phone numbers given with an extra 15. (For example: 387 15 555 5555) You can dial it this way, it doesn’t hurt. You have to dial the 15 only if calling a cell phone from a landline.

You will also often see a 0 on the front (03868 44 4444). That is optional as well.

Calling Salta to Salta (or Cafayate to Cafayate) you can drop the local prefix and just dial the phone number. (ie. 555 5555, or 44 4444).

Numbers in Buenos Aires will start with 11, Mendoza with 261, Cordoba with 351, …

To call a mobile in Argentina from abroad, you need to add the country code 54 and 9. So to call a cell phone in Salta from abroad, you dial: +54 9 (387 555 5555). Please make sure to drop the extra 15, just in case.

Please read the above three days in a row and the simple logic might reveal itself.

The excellent also have a good article on how to get set up with a cellphone in Argentina.

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