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Salta's Birthday, April 16th? Any celebrations?

by michael498


I'm arriving in Salta on Fri. April 14 and saw somewhere that Salta is celebrating it's birthday on April 16th... is that correct?

And wondering if there was anything special going on that day for celebrations?



RE: Salta's Birthday, April 16th? Any celebrations?

by Porteno

Hello Michael, surprised that no one has responded to your posting and not sure if this will help you or not,m but here is the web site for Salta. I took a look and did not see any listing for a fiesta but might have missed it.


RE: RE: Salta's Birthday, April 16th? Any celebrations?

by michael498

Hola Sam,

Here's the site I saw it on:

Now my Spanish is still a bit rusty, but the calendar looked like it said Salta was celebrating the founding of the city on April 16th... I'll also check with my hotel in Salta and see what they know, but thought I'd check here, too... this site has been great as I decided where I wanted to go in Argentina!

And thanks for the info on the other site!

Take care,


RE: RE: Salta's Birthday, April 16th? Any celebrations?

by Porteno

You are welcome, if you get stuck on your Spanish this web site is pretty handy
It is free on line translator that is OK not great but helps.


RE: Salta's Birthday, April 16th? Any celebrations?

by Makarenas

Hi!! I am from Salta but I am living in Buenos Aires, to be honest I don´t think we have any special celebration but you can check at the tourism web
there in eventos ( events) you can see all the celebrations but now you can only see till april 14... so check in few days...
If you don´t understand something because that information is only in spanish just write me and I will try to help you. My e-mail is

RE: Salta's Birthday, April 16th? Any celebrations?

by srcsalta

Hello Michael:
April 16th is Holy Week (Easter), celebrations. Start April 13th until sunday 16th. Remember to buy a good Chocolate Easter egg!!, Easter Bunny is not really popular in our Province....
Only in church will be greates celebrations.
If you need more information about Salta. Just contact me.
Best Regards

RE: Salta's Birthday, April 16th? Any celebrations?

by srcsalta

Hello Michael:

April 16th is a Salta City foundation aniversary. (424 years old)
The City foundation was April 16th 1582. By Don Hernando de Lerma, in the name of "Santísima Trinidad, de la Virgen Santa María, del Apóstol Santiago y de Su Majestad el Rey de España". The foundation had a name "Ciudad de Lerma en el valle de Salta".
Mind that you will have doble celebratios this day, Salta City Foundation and Eastern.
Best Regards from Salta City


Travel Tips for Salta

Mercado Artesanal - different shopping

by vtveen

Since 1583 the building belonged to an aristocratic family Arias Velasquez. In 1733 the property had been transferred to the Jesuits until they were expelled from Spain and America. There were two mills on the premises and the building is also known as ‘Alto Molino’ (Upper Mill).
The building became a couple of other owners till it was bought by the Province of Salta in 1967.
In 1968 the Mercado Artesanal opened its doors as the first crafts market in Argentina.

After we got our rental car we drove to the Mercado Artesanal, which is situated in the western outskirts of the city in a more or less messy and not very inviting neighbourhood. The one storey building itself with thick whitewashed adobe walls is surrounded by a nice green oasis.

Mercado Artesanal has 10 - 15 shops, which are clustered around a nice courtyard. We walked around watching the different arts and crafts, which craftsmen from all over the province of Salta were exhibiting. Almost everything you can imagine is offered: fabrics, ponchos, pottery, silver jewellery, leather, music instruments, but also some food products like. (It is said these handicrafts have a Certificate of Authenticity that should guarantee quality and origin of the crafts.)
We tasted an (small) glass or Argentine wine, saw a couple of demonstrations and bought a piece of ‘dulche de leche’.

To be honest the setting of this ‘market’ in a colonial building was very nice, but a lot of the shops do sell more or less the same products, which made it a kind of overkill for us.

Mercado Artesanal is open every day from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
Due to its location you do need transportation by (rental) car, taxi or bus.


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