Welcome to Salta
Salta is a city located in the northwest of Argentina, and one of the most populated cities in the region. It is located near the Andes and has a pleasant climate all-year-round, what makes this charming colonial town one of the favorite for the tourists. Salta was founded in 1582, so it's possible to see the Spanish architecture while experiencing the culture of a mostly indigenous influences in the local folk.
Top 7 Things To Do In Salta
1. Visit Plaza 9 de Julio
Start your wandering around Salta in the city’s main square, Plaza 9 de Julio, where you’ll find Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and cafes along the edge of the palm tree-lined plaza. You’ll see the magnificent neoclassical Catedral Basílica de Salta which is possibly the most recognizable sight in the city.
2. Visit the Alta Montana Archaeological Museum (MAAM)
If you only hit one museum in the city, this should be it for sure. Dedicated to anthropology and preserving Andean culture, the biggest draw of the MAAM are the mummified Inca children discovered by scientists in 1999 at the Llullaillaco Volcano.
3. Admire the views at the Cerro San Bernardo
You’ve got to get to the top of this hill for fabulous panoramic views of the city. It’s a great place to have a picnic on a sunny day or watch the sunset in the evenings.
4. Shop at the Artisan Markets
Here you can buy lots of Andean-style products like ponchos, sweaters, hats, and scarves made from llama or alpaca wool, as well as silver, ironwork, weavings, and mate gourds. All the typical stuff.
5. Visit the Wine Town of Cafayate
Get to the heart of the second-largest wine producing region in the country, the Calchaquíes Valley, you’ll find lots of bodegas where the white wine of the Torrontés grape rules. Cafayate is a lovely and peaceful country town.
6. Visit Las Salinas Grandes
See where salt is mined from a dried lake while you take those obligatory perspective photos on gleaming, high-altitude flats.
7. Eat Empanadas
Salta claims to be the birthplace of empanadas in Argentina, or at the very least, it’s rumored to have the best ones!