Near the Andes, beautiful churches, nice squares, fine weather
A fantastic introduction to Argentina
Cerro San Bernardo is a hill located east of downtown Salta. It towers 284 meters (931 feet) above the city and offers great views of Salta with the mountains as a backdrop. To get to the top you can choose to walk the steep path or to take the teleferico (cable car), whose station is located across from Parque San Martin. Also at the top you'll...more
Named after the Argentinian Day of Independence, 9 de Julio is Salta's main square, a veritable heart of the city, bounded by elegant arcades under which one will find plenty of of places to sit, enjoy a drink and watch the world go by. Many of the city's attractions are to be found here, flanking the small park that sits in the middle of the...more
What a spectacular building this church is! It easily wins the title as Salta's most unforgettable landmark, with its yellow and red facade, its white pillars and its four tier tower topped with the Campana de la Patria, a bell made from the cannons used in the Argentina's War of Independence. Located on Caseros street, a few blocks away from the...more
This beautiful building, the oldest religious structure in Salta, can only be admired from outside, being closed to the public and opened only for Carmelite nuns. Built in the 16th century as a hermitage, the building was altered and restored over the centuries. At the end of the 18th century (from 1782 to 1784) it was converted into a hospital...more
We arrived in Cachi about midday and after a welcomed lunch we set out to explore the village. There aren't many sights in Cachi; one can easily see what there is to see in town in a couple of hours. But the surrounding area is breathtaking and the town is one that inspires lingering so one can easily give into its quiet charm and decide to spend a...more
Piedra del Molino marks the entrance to Parque Nacional Los Cardones (Los Cardones National Park), a national park created in 1996 to protect the cardon cacti. The best spot to stop is some twenty kilometers down the road, where Route 33 cuts directly through the park. There's no park entrance and no entrance fee so just park the car and wander...more
El hotel es impresionante, tiene un gim espectacular de primer nivel, pileta climatizada y yacuzzi,...more
A 16.5% deposit for the hotel was charged to my credit card. Upon checkout the hotel refused to...more
Stayed here for 3 nights in April 2010. The location of the hotel is excellent, right in the center...more
We had read some good reviews of ‘New Time’, a café in the city of Salta. It was easy to find on our first visit, being located at the main square ‘Plaza 9 de Julio’. The two storey café has an excellent terrace, which is overlooking the square with its trees and offers great views of the cabildo and (further away) even the Cerro San Bernardo. ‘New...more
Mercado Municipal is a good choice if you're looking for a budget meal in Salta. The always busy market has a wide range of restaurants offering cheap, good value lunch deals. Most of the customers are locals shopping or working in the market, and the prices are aimed at locals, not tourists. We shared a huge pizza and a 1.5 litres of lemonade for...more
Rinconada is an excellent Parrilla (steak-house) in Salta, with good prices and, most importantly, delicious food. We visited the restaurant when we met up with fellow Travelbloggers Russ & Trish, who were living and working in Salta. They suggested we met in this restaurant, and a great choice it turned out, as we had a fantastic meal, with one of...more
There is no shortage of cafes on Plaza 9 de Julio, Salta's main square, but our favourite by far was New Time Cafe, on the southwest corner. The food and drinks are good value, the cafe is full of locals, and from the terrace there are good views of the square and of the mountains overlooking the city. Salta was our main base for exploring the...more
After tasting lots of empanadas (and I mean it) we finally found the real ones in Salteñas, a favourite among local people .This nice family-run restaurant offers the real empanada in Salta. To tell whether an empanada is good or not you are supposed to take a bite and look inside, if you see nothing but potatoes it’s not good, however in Salteñas...more
Barney Gomez is an interesting bar in Salta, with a slight Simpsons theme. It's named after Barney Gumble from the Simpsons, and all the waiters wear t-shirts with an image of Barney shaped like South America. Sounds weird - perhaps it is - but it's a cool bar nonetheless. I think there may have been a Sideshow Bob mannequin here somewhere too...more
The Balcarce is a street that comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at about 11pm and lasting until dawn. I counted over 15 places where music was being played -- Bolivian, Latin Rock, Pop, and, especially, the splendid folkloric music of Salta itself. You can move amongst the pubs or just walk out in the street with the hundreds of...more
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Aeropuerto Internacional de Salta "Martín Miguel de Güemes" (SLA) is the airport of Salta (city), about 10 km’s from the city center. For transport to your accommodation you can use a minibus, taxi/remises - all organised at a desk just outside the luggage claim hall - or a pick up service from your accommodation.The Airport is serviced by a couple...more
I did the trip from Calama to Salta (i came from Lima,Peru, crossing by Arica to Calama) all by bus. It was a really interesting journey. But you have to make sure that you have the right schedules for the buses. Now if you wanna do the way back, from Salta to Calama, there are 2 buses : Geminis (www.geminis.cl) and Pullman (www.pullman.cl). Both...more
In one of the emails we had about the reservation of the accommodation in Carpe Diem (Salta city), our host Silke mentioned she could make a reservation for our car rental. She was doing business with Europcar (a reliable company) and I felt quite comfortable to have some assistance in case of (language) problems. We got (2009) a much better...more
In the antiques shoppes in Salta you will run across some lovely things adorned in silver. Be aware that different grades of silver are sold as silver and if you don't know you might end up paying much more for something of lower quality. you will hear "Plata Boliviana" (Bolivian silver), which should alert you right awaySalta and the Andean...more
There are several stores near the plaza central that are basically like a supply store for the gaucho- ponchos, horse blankets etc. If you look carefully you might find some of the old belts the gauchos wore, they are woven by the natives, varying in width. These are generally not used anymore, so they are harder to find. In some stores they will...more
The traditional poncho from the Salta region comes in red with a black stripe near the edge. This is still worn in the countryside by some of the cowboys. It is also used as a ceremonial piece, for example you will see it worn by the honor guard in Salta during the changing of the guard ceremony. The photo shows Pope John Paul II wearing the...more
In Salta, like in the rest of Argentina, the young people have to wear a uniform to go to school...Each school has its own uniform, so you can see many different in the street! And I loved that!!! I never saw so many girls in uniform of my life!!!! And my favourite was this one : a scottisch mini-skirt (you can imagine that boys like that too!!)...more
Watch out for Turismo La Linda in Salta (Address: Buenos Aires 125). I booked a tour with them 4 days in advance and was told that all of their guides speak English (which is why I chose this company). On the day of the tour, I waited 1 1/2 hours for a bus to come. After 30 minutes, I called the "24 hour cellular number" and was told to "wait a...more
• All the tours and activities included in Active Tourism or Alternative Tourism within the province of Salta are strictly regulated and controlled by the Secretary of Tourism of the Province and by ADOPTAS ( “Asociación de Operadores y Prestadores de Turismo Alternativo de Salta” – Association of Alternative Tourism Operators and Agencies of...more
The wife and I were in Salta for three days. We walked all around the downtown area. Also took tours and taxis. We had no problems anywhere. No one put their hands in our pockets. Even in the bus station at midnight, we were comfortable with the situation. We liked both the city and most of the people that we met in it.That said, we did run into at...more
Just a few hours by bus from lovely but touristy Salta you get to the twin villages Ledesma/Liberator General San Martin. Here is the gateway to the Calilegua National Park national park.Very few tourists come here and those are mostly Argentinian. The village is small but you gan still get a nice dinner or some outdoor gear for when you go to the...more
Though often associated with Freemasonry, the Eye of Providence has been used throughout the ages in various different cultures, most often symbolizing the eye of God watching over mankind.One explanation for the inclusion of the symbol on the cathedral of Salta is that it was common in the European Renaissance, used to symbolize the Holy Trinity....more
Ricardo Clark and Mario Mosquiera are two renowned guides for naturalists and birdwatchers. They are often busy taking groups from universities, etc., around Argentina and Chile, but if you can manage to get them to lead you on a tour of the cloudforest parks near Selva you are in for an incredible treat. But book very early. They are also...more
In the North of Argentina, you can enjoy many outdoor activities full of adrenaline as well as relaxation. Nature offers amazing landscapes of the yungas (warm valleys), colorful valleys and beckoning surroundings of the Puna.
Horse Riding: It can last from a couple of hours to several days. There are several options which include snacks, accommodation in country houses or camps, and typical foods.
Paragliding: This is an activity with great popularity among tourists, specially in mountainous regions all over the world. Tandem jumps (double harness) with experts who guarantee safety and excitement.
Cycling: Bicycle rides around the city or through a mountain track, perfectly designed for adventurers. This activity includes several options with three degrees of difficulty (low, moderate, high).
Motorcycling: Motorcycle rides with several option according to each particular need, always in the company of a qualified guide for each ride. It is a international high-quality product that brings together two passions: motorcycling and sightseeing.
Trekking: There are several options: short strolls around our bordering mountains or several days in the region, with different degrees of difficulty.
Mountain climbing: The region offers a great variety of mountains and volcanoes of between 3500 and 6740 m.a.s.l (meters above sea level). This expeditions require previous experience, equipment and special logistics.
Rafting: Any person can take part in this two-hour activity along the impressive Juramento River. Uncontrollable emotions, an excellent barbecue and a personal attention will make this trip something to remember.
Fishing: There are several options: fishing trout in a quiet mountain stream, “Pejerreyes” in the huge Cabra Corral Dam, Dorado or Surubí in the fast-flowing Bemejo or Pilcomayo Rivers.
And more options…
Equipment: VERY IMPORTANT:
• All the activities included in Active Tourism or Alternative Tourism within the province of Salta are strictly regulated and controlled by the Secretary of Tourism of the Province and by ADOPTAS ( “Asociación de Operadores y Prestadores de Turismo Alternativo de Salta” – Association of Alternative Tourism Operators and Agencies of Salta).
• Some of the activities included in Active Tourism or Alternative Tourism which were offered may require a previous medical examination or physical training. Before engaging any of this services you should ask a responsible operator about the physical requirements and see your doctor in order to carry out the correspondent examination.
• If you wish to perform any of these activities, ask about the equipment or clothing needed for such activity to some LEGALLY AUTHORIZED Tour Operator or Travel Agency - IS FOR YOUR SAFETY -
Salta is the gateway to some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes of South America. And at its heart is the Plaza 9 de Julio, where there is so much to see and do, even if you just sit in one spot for a few hours. More on the Plaza and its many delights at my very unofficial website Sunsets in the Plaza 9 de Julio, followed by the...more
The street near the station where the "tren de la Nubes" leaves.it's full of terasses and the nightlife is surprising!The nightlife starts at 00.00 hrs and lasts untill dawn! the thing i will miss the most is the senora of the house where we slept!She is lika the grandmother you always wanted!more