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Getting There -- Aeropuerto Vicente Almandoz Almonacid (tel. 3822/439211) is 7km (4 miles) from the city center. Aerolíneas Argentinas (tel. 0810/222-86527) flies from Buenos Aires for $250 (£169) and $300 (£203), depending on the season and availability.

The Terminal de Omnibus, or main bus station, is located at Ortiz de Ocampo Avenue and Circunvalación (tel. 3822/425453). Buses arrive from Buenos Aires and travel to Salta, Catamarca, and other cities in the region. Empresa La Riojana (tel. 3822/435279) offers buses daily to locations within the province such as Chilecito.

If you opt to rent a car, try Winer Rent, Santa Fe 642 (tel. 3822/425453).

Visitor Information & Fast Facts -- The regional visitor center is located at Av. Pelagio B Luna 345 (tel. 3822/426384). It is open weekdays from 7am to 9pm and weekends from 9am to 9pm.

Banco Río faces the main plaza and has a 24-hour ATM. The bank is open weekdays from 9am to 2pm.

Tour Operators -- Runacay, Villa Union (tel. 3825/470368; www.runacay.com), and Rolling Travel, 25 de Mayo 36, 2nd floor, Córdoba (tel. 351/5709909; www.rollingtravel.com), are the two local agencies that conduct 1-day tours of the national parks. Always make sure your guide is bilingual before booking.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.