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Pop: 464,678 Alt: 1,152m Tel Code: 54 387

Salta ‚Äúthe beautiful‚ÄĚ is an attractive city that is currently experiencing a tourism boom. ÔŅĹThe Argentine northwest is a popular visitor destination, and the colonial Salta is the perfect place to visit it from.ÔŅĹ Founded in 1582, Salta retains much of its colonial architecture and has the best tourism infrastructure (hotels, travel agencies, etc.) in the region.

Salta's heritage is varied: ancient Calchaqui and Inca vestiges can be visited, and the legacy of the spanish colonization and of the independence wars are still present in the architecture of Salta itself and in its surroundings.

It is in 1000BC that the first primitive farmers settled in the region (Calchaquis). In the 15th century, the Inca took over the place. A century later, the spanish colonized the region and provoked a mix of cultures. Salta, however, stayed very linked to other cities such as Potosi, Lima, La Paz or Sucre. This link can still be seen today in architecture, dishes, tradition, churches etc.

Several Inca trails can be followed in and outside the city, notably through the Calchaqui valley and la Puna. Some villages on the outskirt of town are worth visiting too: San Lorenzo, Vaqueros, La Caldera and Campo Quijano.

In 1999, one of the highest Inca sanctuary was found on the mount Llullaillaco. It is now tranformed in a museum, where visitors can learn more about the Inca culture: the High Mountain Archaelogical Museum.

Several circuits will take you through the varied natural environment surrounding Salta: lagoons, volcanoes, vineyards, mountains and more.


Other places nearby Salta: Antofagasta De La Sierra , Up To Paso San Francisco, Purmamarca, Iryua, Jujuy, Tafí Del Valle , Yavi, Tilcara, Tucumán and Cachi.

16 Jun 2010

Things to do in Salta

Plaza 9 de Julio

The meeting place of choice for lunching businessmen and groups sipping mate, Salta\'s leafy central Plaza is a great place to get a feel for Salte√Īo culture. Take a seat under a tall palm and watch ...
City Plaza, Activity Info.
Salta, Argentina

Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana

This archaeological museum chronicles the 1999 dig that unearthed the three Llullaillaco children, who were sacrificed over 500 years ago on the summit Mount Llullaillaco near the Chilean border. ...
Museum, Activity Info.
Salta, Argentina

Museo Histórica Uriburu

This historic mansion turned museum was once home to Argentina’s two-time president, José Evaristo Uriburu, and his family. Today visitors can wander through and see how the wealthy lived in the ...
Museum, Activity Info.
Salta, Argentina

Museo de Bellas Artes

A fine arts museum on a busy shopping street? Yes, complete with goggling tourists and bored-looking teenagers. But once inside the historic adobe Arias Rengel mansion, all the bustle of Florida ...
Museum, Activity Info.
Salta, Argentina

Museo de Ciencias Naturales

This natural science museum could not have a more suitable location than within the wooded Parque San Martin. In conjunction with the National University of Salta since 1972, the goal of the museum ...
Museum, Activity Info.
Salta, Argentina

Cerro San Bernardo

This massive green mountain looms over Salta, but the real attraction is not its greenery but the view from the top, reachable by a gondola which leaves from Parque San Martin. For those who prefer ...
Hiking, Activity Info.
Salta, Argentina

Museo Antropológico

For pre-Hispanic history, Salta’s thorough anthropological museum is the place to be. It began as a study of the Tastil ruins, but today contains both pre-Columbian and Incan artifacts. Some of the ...
Museum, Activity Info.
Salta, Argentina

Dique Cabra Corral

This placid reservoir is Argentina’s largest manmade lake and Salta’s hub for outdoor activity. Any water sport one might think of, from fishing to jet skis, can be enjoyed here. For the gutsier, ...
Boating, Activity Info., Bungee Jumping, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Salta, Argentina

Museo Histórico Del Norte

The Museo Histórico del Norte relates the history of Salta with collections of objects from the pre-Hispanic period and furniture from the Colonial period, which give a complete panorama of the city ...
Salta, Argentina

Iglesia San Francisco

Built in 1625, the Iglesia San Francisco had to be rebuilt after a fire in the 18th century. The reconstruction, led by Fray Vicente Mu√Īoz, architect of the Iglesia de San Francisco in Buenos Aires ...
Historical Building, Activity Info.
Salta, Argentina

Visiting Chicoana

Chicoana is a small, old-fashioned colonial town, founded in the late 16th century. Surrounded by mountains, Chicoana is worth visiting for its old houses, treed plaza and its many festivals. Every ...
Entertainment, Activity Info.
Salta, Argentina
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