Car and Taxi Travel
Because of the distances between cities, a car is the best way to truly see El Norte Chico. Many national parks can be visited only by car, preferably a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Without one, metered taxis are the most efficient way to get around any city. A cheaper alternative is a colectivo, a shared taxi that picks up several people going in the same direction. Colectivos charge a fixed rate per person regardless of the number of passengers and run very regularly during business hours. Fares begin at around 800 pesos per person for inter-city trips, increasing up to around 3,500 for traveling longer distances between towns.
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