The itinerary read: arrive Buenos Aires and transfer to Salta. Only it did not note that BA has two airports, one for international flights and one for domestic, about an hour apart by car.
We finessed that problem by spending a few hours in the excellent city in the way that you only can with a car and driver: a half an hour on the shopping street, Florida, where there were a surprising number of shops open for a Sunday; a lunch at Las Lilas in the charming Puerto Madero area, a series of old warehouses along a disused canal that now are residences, offices and restaurants (coincidentally written up in the NYT the same day); a quick stop at a flea market where many cool antiques were displayed and we saw a whole group spontaneously join in with a guitar-bandoneón duo; followed by zooming down the 9 July Avenue, around the obelisk and past the Teatro Colon on a traffic-free ride to the domestic airport.
Salta was two hours by jet to the northwest. Two hours! BIG country! It’s currently dark and drizzling but I still can see the lights of the small city spreading out across the valley floor. More soon….Meanwhile, check out this interactive map of the trip.