How To Get To Purmamarca From Salta


The main day trip feature when staying in Salta is without doubt a venture to the multicoloured mountain, affectionately known as “Purmamarca.”

Argentina really made me work for the pleasure of getting there, thanks to protests near the Bolivian border over a lack of water. I needed to get out in nature and Purmamarca offered the perfect sanctuary for my underslept body – online information on how to get there from Salta is scarce, so here you go!

How To Get To Purmamarca From Salta

Purmamarca From Salta

For travellers like myself who share a preference for independent travel as opposed to travelling on a tour, the sacrifice of not having a tour operator is not having a clue how to get to your desired destination in the first place. Getting to Purmamarca from Salta isn’t too tricky especially when I’ve done all of the hard work for you.

You need two busses to get from Salta to Purmamarca first from Salta Terminal to a place called Jujuy (pronounced like “who-huy” in English).

There are a handful of businesses that go to Jujuy, I used FlechaBus and paid $175 Argentinian Pesos. The “A1” number on your ticket is for your seat number, the other is your platform number.

Once you get to Jujuy. look for the business name “Evelia” they leave to Purmamarca every hour and the one-way cost is 67 Pesos.

Getting back to Salta is a simple case of doing it the other way around, you can buy your ticket back to Jujuy at the very entrance of Purmamarca and once in Jujuy buy a ticket from either FlechaBus or Balut back to Salta (the very last bus being 9:30 pm)

I went back to Jujuy from Purmamarca during the local rush hour time and had to stand for the journey (as they really pack people in) so you’re better off going early and getting back before 3 pm.

Also, it’s good to keep an eagle eye out for your bus arriving at a different platform than the one stated on your ticket.

Is Going to Purmamarca Worth it?

The answer to this question is completely dependent on the weather in my opinion. I was blessed with a beautifully warm and sunny day and felt the two busses and 6 hours journey well worth it. Purmamarca is perfect for an easy 2-3 hours slow hike whilst taking in some natural beauty. Enjoy!

Anthony Middleton

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