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Salta is the capital and most populous city in the Argentine province of the same name. With a population of 618,375 according to the 2010 census, it is also the 7th most-populous city in Argentina.

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The Best Things to Do and Visit in Salta


1 - Tren a las Nubes

The Tren a las Nubes is a tourist train service in Salta Province, Argentina. The service runs along the eastern part of the Salta–Antofagasta railway line of the Belgrano Railway that connects the Argentine Northwest with the Chilean border in the Andes mountain range, over 4,220 metres above mean sea level, the fifth highest railway in the world.

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2 - Archaeology Tours in Salta

This is a tough 7-9km hike through stunning and rugged high altitude scenery: suitable for the experienced and adventurous trekker! From Salta city, we travel to Campo Quijano, a town famous as the base for workers constructing the Train to the Clouds railway line to the Chilean coast. We can stop to see an antique engine and the mausoleum of the train line's chief engineer, Richard Maury, from Philadephia, USA. From here we will climb into the stunning multi-coloured Quebrada de Toro, crossing rivers and driving off road through canyons to reach San Bernardo de las Zorras, where our hike begins. It's two hours travel each way: the walk takes between 4 and 5 hours. Our guide is experienced in hiking all terrain, and speaks English and Spanish. Picnic lunch provided.

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3 - Mountain Bike Tours in Salta

Go on an adventurous Mountain Bike tour through Salta's most incredible landscapes. This circuit is adapted to the requirements of each participant. There are several trails of varying degrees of difficulty ranging from easy-medium level to demanding. You can request the desired level before exiting, or the guide will adjust the itinerary according to the physical level of the group. We offer half and full day options for this tour.

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Why should you visit Salta ?

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Why traveling there?

Salta, located in the northwestern part of Argentina, is a captivating destination that offers a unique blend of stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. With its well-preserved colonial architecture, ancient Inca ruins, and breathtaking landscapes, Salta is an ideal destination for travelers seeking a mix of adventure and culture.

How to get there?

The most convenient way to reach Salta is by flying into Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport (SLA), which is located about 9 km southwest of the city center. There are daily flights from Buenos Aires, as well as other major cities in Argentina. Alternatively, you can take a long-distance bus from Buenos Aires or other cities, but be prepared for a lengthy journey, as it takes around 20 hours to reach Salta.

What to book in advance?

It's wise to book your accommodation and any popular guided tours in advance, particularly during the peak travel season (April to October). Some must-visit attractions, such as the Train to the Clouds, sell out quickly, so it's a good idea to reserve your tickets in advance. If you're planning to explore the surrounding areas, consider booking a guided tour or a rental car ahead of time as well.

What are the costs?

Salta is relatively affordable compared to other Argentine destinations. A mid-range hotel room can cost between $40-70 USD per night, while budget accommodations can be found for as low as $15-20 USD per night. Meals at local restaurants typically range from $5-15 USD, while upscale dining options may cost $20-40 USD per person. Entrance fees to museums and attractions are generally affordable, with most costing between $2-5 USD.

What are the best things to do?

1. Explore the historic center of Salta, including the stunning Salta Cathedral and the 9 de Julio Square.
2. Visit the MAAM (Museum of High Altitude Archaeology) to learn about Inca culture and see the famous Llullaillaco mummies.
3. Take the Train to the Clouds, a scenic railway journey that reaches an altitude of 4,200 meters above sea level.
4. Visit the Calchaquí Valleys and the picturesque town of Cafayate, renowned for its vineyards and wineries.
5. Explore the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning landscapes and colorful rock formations.

Where to eat?

1. La Monumental - This popular parrilla (grill) offers delicious Argentine-style grilled meats and a lively atmosphere.
2. Doña Salta - A traditional restaurant serving regional cuisine, including empanadas, humitas, and tamales.
3. El Solar del Convento - A charming spot for a gourmet meal, featuring local ingredients and creative dishes.

Where to stay?

1. Kkala Boutique Hotel - A stylish and comfortable boutique hotel with stunning views of the city and surrounding mountains.
2. Hotel Salta - A historic hotel located in the heart of the city, featuring elegant colonial architecture and modern amenities.
3. Hostal La Linda - A budget-friendly option with clean, comfortable rooms and a charming courtyard.

Off the beaten path

For an unusual travel experience, visit the Salinas Grandes, a vast salt flat located about 90 km west of Salta. This surreal and otherworldly landscape offers a unique opportunity to explore an off-the-beaten-path attraction. You can walk on the salt flats, take stunning photographs, and even take a dip in the natural saltwater pools. To get there, you can book a guided tour, or rent a car and drive along the picturesque Route 40.

Learn More about Salta

Salta is a provincial capital located in the mountainous northwest of Argentina. Founded in 1582, Salta is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Andean heritage. The city is built around the Plaza 9 de Julio, an elegant square lined with cafes and featuring the neoclassical cathedral and the Cabildo, an 18th-century town hall converted into a historical museum. Nearby, the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (MAAM) houses Inca artifacts

Situated at the gateway to the Andes, in the northwest of Argentina, Salta offers its visitors a complex and multiple face where the tranquillity of the sites invites contemplation. With its well-preserved Spanish architecture, the city is full of monuments, the Salta cathedral, the San Bernardo convent, the Virgin of Los Tres Cerritos, el cabido (the oldest building built by settlers, now a museum)... From Salta you can take the "cloud train" where you will cross the fabulous panoramas of the Altiplano until the terminus, the Polvorilla and its 4000m high viaduct !

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Salta

What kind of landscape does Salta have ?

Salta covers all types of landscapes: from the aridity of the Puna desert in the west, to the lush green of the jungle in the east, to the steep valleys and ravines in the centre of the province. The city of Salta is almost an essential stop.

The activities with the highest level of employment are: services (38.5%); agriculture, livestock and fishing (18.6%); commerce (17.0%); industry (13.6%) and construction (9.5%). In this line, the provincial average remuneration is $ 11,348.

Salta is a city in northwestern Argentina, capital of the province of the same name. It is located in the northern sector of the Lerma Valley. ... It covers an area of approximately 110 km². It is also the most populated city in the province, the second in the NOA and the seventh in the country.

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