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Cerro San Bernardo - Hiking Salta - Argentina

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 the rugged way, there are 1070 steps up, and they start behind the Monument to Don Martin de G√ľemes. Small Stations of the Cross adorn the foresty path. The stairs give a false sense of hope by meeting a road close to the top, but they continue a bit longer a short way up the road, and what awaits at the top is worth all that climbing. In addition to the stunning views of the city there are several shops, a caf√© and an antique silver collection.

Location:

On the east edge of Salta.


Salta, Argentina

Hiking, Activity Info.

Getting There

The easiest way up Cerro San Bernardo is with the teleférico (cable car) (station at Avenida San Martín and Avenida Yrigoyen). A path up the hill begins behind the Museo de Antropología (Ejército del Norte and Polo Sur) (Difficulty: easy-medium, Duration: 45 min).

Travel Tips:

Atop the hill are a Sendero Ecológico (nature trail; guided $0.80), artisan market, waterfall and other attractions.

Price Description:

The teleférico costs, round trip: adults $5.75, children 6-12 years old $3, children 5 years old and younger free; only ascent or descent adults $3.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:The teleférico operates daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Take along water and snack; clothing appropriate to the weather, and sun protection.

Make a day outing to Dique Cabra Corral for some wild watersports, or get your adrenaline rushing by going rafting or horseback riding.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso



Here are other activities in and around Salta that may be of interest: Dique Cabra Corral,








By Suzanne Russo
Suzanne's childhood travel experiences were limited to road trip forays with her parents, and the thrill that came with crossing the state line,...
11 Aug 2010







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