Provincia de Salta Things to Do

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Provincia de Salta Things to Do

  • Cachi

    Cachi is a small town in the Calchaqui Valley. You will reach this most likely coming from the Parque Nacional de los Cardones. It is the northern part of the valleys. The first thing you will notice is that it is surrounded by very high peaks, some are above 5000 meters. The town itself has a population of about 5,000. Libertador is the highest...

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  • Cuesta Del Obispo

    The first part of the journey to the Valles Calchaquies is the little drive from the capital. Salta is the Lerma Valley, lush and fertile. There are plantations and agriculture evident. Just a few miles from Salta you are in a different world. No more city, no more conveniences everywhere. You will see little villages, some with barely a hundred...

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  • Parque Nacional Los Cardones

    The National Park was established in 1996 to protect a unique area that shows a remarkable diversity of climatic conditions. At about 100 km distance from Salta (city), the park covers some 650 sq. kilometers in the West of the Province. The nearest city is Cachi, 12 kilometers away.Coming down from the Cuesta del Obispo, (and you daredevils should...

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  • Salta- La Linda

    Start discovering Northern Argentina by staying in Salta for at least a day or two before you set off to see The Valles Calchaquies and or/ Camino a las Nubes. The city has a few really good museums, particularly the Museo de Alta Montana, where you can see the mummies of some children they found on top of a mountain not too far away. Get used to a...

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  • San Lorenzo, gateway to the rainforest

    When arriving in San Lorenzo (or La Villa San Lorenzo as its official name is) from Salta city or the airport the scenery changes dramatically from a rather flat valley into a lush green area with lots of trees and flowers. San Lorenzo calls itself “El Portal de las Yungas”.The center of San Lorenzo has a small shopping area with a supermarket, an...

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  • Salta at Night

    We stayed the last night of our trip in the northwest of Argentina in Salta (city), because we could drop off our rental car very easy and were already (rather) close to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires next day.We were so happy we did, because Salta turned out to be a very beautiful and charming city when the night falls. The central...

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  • Salta - Mercado Artesanal

    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...

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  • Salta - Convento San Bernardo

    The San Bernardo Convent is the oldest religious building in Salta. In the late 16th century a chapel dedicated to San Bernardo was erected on the same site. In the late 18th century rooms and galleries were built housing one of the first hospitals of Argentina during the country's independence war in the early 1800’s: Hospital of St. Andrew. Since...

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  • Salta - San Francisco Church

    Or perhaps its official name: Convento San Francisco y Basílica San Diego de Alcalá Originally the church and monastery were designed as the "Iglesia y Convento de San Diego de Alcalá". Its first structure was built during the late 16th century. The magnificent actual building dates back to the 18th century and survived a fire in 1761. After a...

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  • Salta - Catedral Basilica

    The Catedral Basilica of Salta stands on the place of an old cathedral and was (re)built between 1858 and 1882. Its façade is of a classic Italian style with elaborated friezes and cornices on which the two bell towers are placed, each one with an iron cross. The church keeps the statues of the Lord and the Virgen del Milagro (Virgin of the...

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  • Salta - Centro Cultural América

    This tip is NOT about the expositions and other cultural events, which are organised in/by the Centro Cultural América (see their website or just ask while in Salta), but about the building.The building of Centro Cultural América, located on the side of Plaza 9 de Julio with a row of beautiful urban facades. But I think this building is among the...

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  • Salta - Museo Histórico del Norte

    The Cabildo (old town hall) of Salta houses the Museo Histórico del Norte Historical Museum of the North). It is situated along the main square and is a real architectural jewel of the colonial period. Some parts were done in 1717, but the most representative parts date back between 1789 and 1807. it was declared a national Historic Monument in...

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  • Salta - MAAM Museum, little bit...

    ’Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña’ (MAAM Museum) is completely dedicated to one of the most important discoveries in the field of high altitude archaeology, which took place in March 1999 at the peak of Llullaillaco Volcano (6730 m) with the finding of three children - buried 500 years ago as a religious sacrifice - belonging to the Inca...

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  • Salta - Güemes Monument and Paseo

    Martín Miguel de Güemes (1785 – 1821) was a military leader and popular caudillo, who defended northwestern Argentina from the Spanish during the Argentine War of Independence. Güemes organized the resistance against the royalists (forces loyal to Spain) employing local gauchos trained in guerrilla tacticsHe and his men were fighting in many...

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  • Salta, la Linda

    Salta is a city in northwestern Argentina and the capital of the Salta Province. It has about 500.000 inhabitants, much of them are Indian descendants. Salta was founded 1582 by the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma, who intended the settlement to be an outpost between Lima and Buenos Aires.During the war of independence, the city became a...

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  • Salta - San Bernardo Hill, stunning...

    San Bernardo Hill (Cerro San Bernardo) is one of the main attractions of Salta. The top of the hill has a height of 1458 m. It can be reached by a winding road, a steep trail with more than 1000 steps or quite easy and comfortable by a Swiss made cable car. We walked from the city center to the station nearby San Martin Park, which has a kind of...

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  • Cuesta de Obispo – breathtaking drive

    In the year 1622, ‘Bishop’ Cortázar made a trip Salta (city) to Cachí. The night surprised him about halfway and the prelate had no choice but to get off the platform carrying him, and spend the night under the open sky. Since that time, the locals were calling the area the "Cuesta de la dormida del Obispo" (the Slope where the Bishop slept); a...

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  • Cabra Corral – what a different...

    Cabra Corral is Argentina’s biggest manmade lake (1966 – 1972) with a surface of 127 square kilometers and is the second largest dam in Argentina and the main water reserves in the Northwest. It gets its water from several rivers from both north and south. The lake itself has a Y-form. The dam has a height of 93 m. and has a core of clay and layers...

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  • Quebrada de las Conchas - ‘El...

    ‘El Anfiteatro’ (or the Amphitheatre) was our last stop but one while driving through the stunning Quebrada de las Conchas from Cafayate to Cabra Corral. We already had seen many stunning rock formations and beautiful scenery, but for us the most breathtaking site was ‘El Anfiteatro’.Immediately after entering the site from the parking area we were...

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  • Quebrada de las Conchas – stunning...

    Shortly after our visit to Los Médanos we crossed the Rio Santa Maria. This is more or less where the Quebrada de las Conchas (also called Quebrada de Cafayate) starts. This canyon follows the winding Rio de las Conchas for approximately 70 km’s; this ‘Shell River’ got its name from the many sea fossils, which are found in the surrounding...

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  • Cafayate - wine, wine and ….

    Cafayate can be called the ‘wine capital’ of Northwest Argentina. The town is surrounded by vast vineyards and in and around Cafayate many bodegas can be visited. Staying in town of course we ordered the famous local Torrontes for our diner. But if you are not a fan of visiting wineries (as we) the town itself hasn’t too much to offer. It is one of...

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  • Cafayate - Los Médanos

    Having seen some pictures from Los Médanos nearby Cafayate we were interested in visiting these drifting sand dunes, mostly because we do have a similar area nearby our hometown in the Netherlands (Kootwijkerzand) and it is always intriguing seeing dunes hundreds or thousands kilometres away from the sea, where one expects them. A couple of km’s...

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  • Cafayate - Santa Teresita Chapel

    Not very interested in visiting one of the bodegas and tired of the touristy shops around the main square, we decided for a walk on our last (Sunday) midday in Cafayate. With a map from the Tourist Information Centre it was easy to find our way to Vicario Toscano, the street starting from the main square and leading straight westward to Cerro Santa...

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  • Quebrada de las Flechas - lunar like...

    After our stop at ‘Parador Ruta 40’ at the intersection of Ruta 40 and a side road to the town of Angastaco, we decided not to visit this town (would have been more rough gravel road to drive), but to continue our way south to Cafayate. A couple of minutes later we reached the Quebrada de las Flechas (Canyon of Arrows); an incredible landscape of...

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  • Molinos – in the middle of nowhere

    Molinos is one of the ‘bigger’ villages along Ruta 40, already founded in the mid-seventeenth century. We had our first views of the town, when we were crossing a river slowly streaming through a lush green valley, with the white adobe walls of the local church in the back ground. The town (alt. 2.020m.) is situated in this valley and is surrounded...

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  • Cachi – Cafayate: our own Dakar Rally

    Immediately after leaving Cachi we started driving the famous Ruta 40: a 5200 km’s long road from Cabo Virgenes in the south to la Quiaca in the north of Argentina. This road is supposed to be on of the most spectacular ones in the country and is still largely unpaved. http://www.turismo.gov.ar/esp/atra/ruta/cd/index.htmlThe condition of the dirt...

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  • Cachi – hilltop cemetery

    I always feel a little bit strange when recommending a touristic visit to a cemetery, but in this case I think you shouldn’t miss it. It is not only the cemetery itself, but especially its location on a hilltop with stunning views.The custom of burying the dead on hilltops comes from both Incan and pre-Incan civilisations. The idea is to have a...

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  • Cachi - Iglesia de San José: simple, yet...

    Cachi’s origin goes back to the year 1673, being the important Finca Hacienda Cachi (Ranch). Jesuits founded various different missions alongside the valley, when the division of ‘encomiendas’ (control over land and Indians granted) was done in 1673. The one corresponding to Cachi was assigned to Margarita de Chavez and in 1719 to Don Pascual de...

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  • Cachi - just walk around

    We reached Cachi after by car from Salta and were very happy with this very scenic drive and our ‘stopover’ in enchanting Cachi, before travelling - the next day - to Cafayate.Cachi turned out to be a very authentic and pleasant village with its white coloured adobe houses; most of them have just one storey. It is remarkable neat and clean...

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  • Cardones National Park – huge and...

    Los Cardones National Park was created in 1996 when the National Parks Administration acquired the land from private owners.and a rather new national park of Argentina. It has an area of 650 square kilometers, with typical sierras and dry gorges and the height levels between 2,700 m and 5,000 m. The park got its name from the cardon cactus...

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  • Piedra del Molino - millstone and chapel

    After 20 km’s of zig-zagging along the gravel road on the Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop’s Slope) we reached the top at an altitude of 3.348 m. I think this is a ‘must rest’ point for every traveller; at least it was for us.First of all it is a place to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding Andes Mountains around the Cuesta del Obispo and the...

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  • Salta - Plaza 9 de Julio

    Hernando de Lerma founded the City of Salta in 1582 on this place. The cobbled square was first built as a fort and was used for military formations and to read the proclamations made by the King of Spain. In 1871, it was resolved that it should be lighted with kerosene. Later on the first benches were set for the elderly and to foster the reading...

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  • Tours from Salta

    For me the best tour is the one going to:San Antonio de los Cobres,Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca.From 7 Am to 7,30 or 8 PM.

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  • Salinas Grandes

    It is a huge salt field like anothers in Bolivia where are called Salares.Sun radiation at noon is very high;so,you need a hat and sun glasses.

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  • Parque Nacional Cardones

    This kind of cactus grows between 1500 and 3000 meters high for at least 350 years.The wood of the old cardones are used by handycraft people.Before of being National Park the wood was popular use and many cardones died.

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  • Warm Salta

    I arrived there at siesta time and I thought Salta was a rather boring,little town.I was wrong.At 5,6 or better 7 PM the town was fully awaken.I was surprised at the beauty of the indian girls and it was nice show the people walking along the pedestrian streets around Plaza 9 de Julio.Apart from that there are very interesting museums if you have...

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  • Rosario De La Frontera Hot Spring Spa

    Nostalgic 50s style hot spring resort complete with 9 types of mineral water, radon mud, beauty treatment and 2 open-air mineral-water pools. You can either go stay at their hotel for a longer treatment or just drop by for a day to soak your old rusty bones and joints in a sulphuric bath or in a bahtub of curative mud -- like we did.The...

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  • Drive from Tucuman to Salta via Cafayate

    There is no doubt that the route from Tucuman to Salta via Cafayate , in the northwest of Argentina, is 1 of the country's major highlights.* The drive is awe inspiring. There are two routes from Tucuman to Salta, and I have driven both routes. The direct route via Metan is great if you are in a hurry and do not care about seeing anything. The...

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  • Central Salta

    As I approached the city of Salta (pop. 270,000; alt. 3900 ft.), had had an excellent view of the surrounding countryside from the air. There were beautiful mountains on both the east and west, but the land between was as flat as a pancake. The Hotel Salta is a really fine hotel which sits across the street from the southeast corner of the Plaza de...

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  • Salta city center

    Other VT intrest points are the “Mercado Artesanal” (Handicrafts Market) where all kind of handicraft products of different regions of the province can be bought. Also, worth visiting places are “Monumento a Güemes” (Güemes’ Monument), situated at the foot of “Cerro San Bernardo” (San Bernardo’s Hill), and “Monumento 20 de Febrero” (20th of...

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  • Plaza 9th of July ( the 4 sides of the...

    San Francisco Church know as San Roque was built in the early 17th century. Its terracotta walls and its huge tower characterize this church. A few blocks ahead “Convento San Bernardo” (San Bernardo’s Convent) is placed. It is famous for its remarkable hand carved entrance hall that was made by the aborigines in 1762.

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  • Plaza 9th of July (4 sides of the...

    On one side of the square, “Catedral Basílica” (Basilica Cathedral) is placed on the square . This remarkable building was constructed in 1858 and has an outstanding altar completely made of gold. Inside the Cathedral are situated the images of “Señor y Virgen del Milagro” (Lord and Virgin of the Miracle), the patron saints of Salta, together with...

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  • Plaza 9th of July (4 sides of the...

    The “Cabildo Histórico” (Historic Town Council) is situated on the other side of the Square opposite to the Cathedral. It was built just before the foundation of the city, and belongs to the “Museo Histórico del Norte” (Historical Museum of the North).

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  • Plaza 9th of July (4 sides of the...

    If you VTers get the chance to go to Salta, you should not miss visiting “Plaza 9 de Julio” (9th of July Square). In this place Hernando de Lerma founded the City of Salta in 1582. The houses that surrounded the square are characterized by their neat porches.

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  • Train to the Clouds - Tren a las nubes

    Salta the Capital of the Province is the starting point of the best train ride left in South America know as the Train to the Clouds - Tren a las nubes and even more important a great city to hang out in for a few weeks. From Salta to San Antonio de los Cobres. at 13000 ft (4000 m), is an engineering marvel. The Train to the Clouds, one of the...

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