In my ten years as a travel agent I’ve sent one person to Salta. I even had to look it up when he asked me about it as I had never heard of it. So when the opportunity to visit this Northwest region of Argentina presented itself, I jumped at the chance.
With a population of 1.3 million people, Salta is no small town and there is a lot to see and do over a few days in the city centre. About a forty-minute (400 peso or $23NZD one way) taxi ride outside of town is the Quebrada de San Lorenzo, a beautiful cloud forest hike that takes approximately an hour each way and offers stunning views of the city. It’s a great contrast to the rest of the region which is predominantly desert and rock formations.
If staying in town is more your speed but you’re still after views, be sure to visit the Teleferico San Bernado. This gondola at Eastern edge of the city climbs up to the top of San Bernardo hill. It’s 300 pesos (about $18 NZD) for a return ticket, though you can walk to the top if you prefer. There is a well-positioned café overlooking the city which serves coffee, beer, wine and food as well as lovely gardens to wander through and some interesting monuments and architecture to enjoy.
Finally, for anyone interested in history or archaeology, a visit to the “MAAM” (the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology) is an absolute must. It’s located in the beautiful town square so it’s very easy to get to. The collections you’ll find here offer a real insight into the high altitude culture of the Incan people and culminates with the tragic exhibition of one of three mummified children that had been sacrificed atop a mountain. Entry is only about 100 peso ($7NZD).
It’s important to remember that while Salta has a lot to offer, it also acts as a gateway to some of the most breath-taking natural scenery I have ever encountered in my life. Check out <insert blog address here> for the must-see places that surround this beautiful city.