Salta province is located in the Northwest of Argentina. It is surrounded by three countries: Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia; and by other six provinces: Jujuy, Tucuman, Chaco, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero and Formosa.
Salta is known as “La Linda” (The Beautiful One), because of its amazing scenery together with astonishing geographical diversity.
Salta’s geography encompasses the aridity of Puna in the west, as well as subtropical forests, mountains, valleys, and gorges in the northeast.
It is precisely in one of those valleys, “Valle de Lerma” (The Valley of Lerma) that the city of Salta is located.
The weather is temperate during the whole year due to its altitude, 1200 above sea.
The City of Salta is known for its Hispanic architecture, characterized by single-story houses as well as narrow streets, and sidewalks highlighted by the green of the surrounding hills.
A tour around the city will allow people to discover museums, churches and big old houses that were built during the colonial period.
The beautiful climate, a peaceful and relaxed life-style, and friendliness of the people turn Salta into an unforgettable and unique place.
HIGHTLIGTS OF THE CITY
The 9th of July Square: where Hernando de Lerma founded the City of Salta in 1582.
Basilica Cathedral: the building was constructed in 1858 and has an outstanding altar completely made of gold. Inside the Cathedra are situated the images of the Lord and Virgin of the Miracle, the patron of Salta, together with the mortal remains of general Guemes who was a hero of the war of independence. The place where these remains are buried is called The Pantheon of the Glories of the North.
The Historic Town Council: it was built just before the foundation of the city and houses the Historical Museum of the North.
San Francisco Church and Convent of San Bernardo: it is famous for the remarkable hand carved entrance hall that was built by the original natives of Salta in 1752.
Artisian Market: it is an impressive architectural gem where all kinds of handicraft products where offered.
San Bernardo’s Hill: at the foot of this hill, is situated the Monument of Guemes.
Calle Balcarce (Balcarce Street): this street invites you to enjoy more than 30 pubs, peñas (place where people enjoy local food and shows), restaurants and bars.
MAIN TOURISTICS SPOTS
Villa de San Lorenzo
Dique Cabra Corral (Cabra Corral Dam): it is located at 80km (49.71 miles) from Salta city. It is the second most important lake in the country.
Cayafate: the most important city in the Calchaqui Valleys. Famous for its wine production and red hills.
Cachi: it is located at 157km (97.55 miles) from Salta city. In the Valleys one can find th archaeological remains of th Diaguita people, the first dwellers of the area.
Parque Nacional Los Cardones (Los Cardones National Park): This park shelters endangered species such as the “vicuñas” (a large South American animal from which soft wool is obtained), the “taruca” or the “huemul del norte” (kind of gray-haired deer). The park’s deserted landscape is astonishing due to its geological formations. They are full of limestone deposits, fish and dinosaur fossil remains and “cardones” (a kind of native cactus). They flower after 20 years of grow.
Iruya is located at 316km (196.36 miles) from Salta city. This town, as well as its neighboring ones, has an ancient origin that highlights not only its landscapes but also its cultural and historic values.
Empanadas: the stuff consists of hand chopped beef, hard-boiled eggs, green onions and minced potatoes.
Humita: made with fresh corn, fried onions, pumpkin and cheese.
Tamal: the first step is to mix together some corn soaked and pounded on a mortar with boiled anco. This is used as the outer layers of a sandwich filled with meat, hard-boiled egg and green onions. All of this is wrapped up in corn leaves and boiled.
Locro: a kind of soup with corn, beans, pumpkin, meat and pork.
From the city of Salta, the main attraction of Argentina’s Northeast is visited. The unmistakable Quebrada de Humahuaca, located in the province of Jujuy, known for its famous “Seven Colors Hill“.
Salta is a province with amazing natural beauties. During the day, its landscapes offer beauty and peacefulness. At night, it offers irresistible “peñas”, downtown bars and restaurants.
Salta is a mix of the pre-Columbian roots and Argentine history. You will be captivated by its humble people.
We invite you to see it and re-discover it.