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SALTA

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

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.

San Francisco church Salta

SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH

 

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.

CAFAYATE

CAFAYATE

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 and tamales

GASTRONOMIC SPECIALTY

 

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“.

 

Seven Colors Hills

 

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.

Sightseeing Buenos Aires | Tastes Blending

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Without a shadow of a doubt, the high level of demand has also reached the gastronomic world, especially in countries like Argentina where we have the chance to be well known around the world because of the high quality of our grapes.

 

grapes mendoza argentina

Mendoza, Argentina

This new culture deepens not only in the gourmet world but also in the wine industry, which has taken us to know the secret within “maridaje”, a tecnical word which means “to join” or “marriage” and it makes reference to the best wine choice according to the selected food.

 

As a reference, we offer some simple guidelines which will help you combine the wine with the food on the menu.

 

Torrontes and White Chardonnay

Torrontes & White Chardonnay

 

WHITE WINE

  • A white, fruity wine (Torrontés) is the right Choice for an Argentina barbacue.
  • Chicken marinated with lemon: there is nothing better than a White Chardonnay to go with this dish, especially if the chiken is seasoned with lemon and herbes.
  • Pasta is a versatile dish that goes very well with white wine. When we eat pasta with pesto sauce or with sea food we choose white wine.

 

 

 

red wine

red meat with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec or Merlot.

 

RED WINE

  • It is appropriate to go with heavy food, such as strong red meat. The suggested flavours for this type of meat are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Merlot.
  • As regards pork meat, it is ideal to combine it with con Merlot and Pinot Noir.
  • Chicken: it it is prepared with vegetables, we suggest a delicate red wine.

 

 

ROSE WINE

  • If the pasta is only prepared with muzzarella cheese, oregano and olive oil the rose wine is its ideal companion.
  • Chicken is neutral meat and it can be combined with different types of wine. For this reason, it can also be appropiate to go with rose wine.
  • Sweet varieties of wine go with desserts which contain fruit or nuts. However, desserts with pastries and cream are better with rose, dry, sparkling wine and champagne.

 

white, rose and red argentine wine

white, rose and red argentine wine

 

It is important to keep in mind the aprópiate temperature in which these types of wine taste better.

 

White wines from 7 to 10 ºC; red wines from 16 to 18 ºC and finally rose wine from 6 to 8 ºC.

 

Buon appetit!

 

 

 

 

 

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Buenos Aires Tours | Argentina and Science

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

On March 24th 1925, the city of Buenos Aires welcomed one of the most brilliant minds of all times: Albert Einstein. He was invited by the University of  BA and Hebrew Society (Jewish Community in Argentina).

 

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Einstein in Argentina

The German scientist stayed at the Palace belonging to the Wasserman family in the neighborhood of Belgrano. During his 30 days in BA, he gave conferences and training courses on his “Theory of Relativity”.

 

It was a great pride to have him in our city, especially for scientists back then.

 

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