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Salta City

Salta City Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Salta City, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Language Spanish
Time Difference -3 hours
Currency Argentine Peso
Voltage 220V

Vibrant, romantic and oozing culture, the Argentinian city of Salta is nestled in the foothills of the striking Andes mountains, in the north west of the country. Boasting a strong resemblance to the Andalucian towns of Spain, Salta houses a variety of striking colonial architecture and beautiful churches, including the neo-classical style Catedral Basilica de Salta. Home to a huge selection of unique and informative museums, you can learn more about this glorious area’s cultural, historical and artistic heritage, as well as marveling at artifacts and artwork from the iconic Inca empire.

Besides the marvelous architecture and captivating history, Salta is an ideal destination for keen walkers. Surrounded by a number of striking valleys and mountains, you can soak up the sunshine alongside breathtaking views, and perhaps some delicious local wine. Despite its Spanish influence, Salta is distinctly Argentine, allowing an authentic experience of this colourful country.

Striking Churches

Salta is a city bursting at the seams with stunning religious buildings and striking monuments. A glorious shade of pink, the 1878 Cathedral Basilica de Salta is a national monument, housing the ashes of General Martín Miguel de Güemes, a prominent figure in the Argentine War of Independence. The exterior is equally stunning, whether lit by sunshine or illuminated after dark. The purple and yellow Iglesia San Francisco is sure to catch your eye, whilst more colour - this time blue and peach - can be found at the Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Candeleria de la Viña, another national monument that was a shelter during the city’s civil war.

Fascinating Museums

With its fascinating history and unique culture, Salta is home to some of Argentina’s best museums. The Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña gives a glimpse into the past of the mysterious Inca culture, housing a controversial and harrowing exhibition on their child sacrifices, including the mummified body of a child discovered in 1999. For a selection of striking religious and indigenous art, the private Museo de Arte Étnico Americano offers bilingual tours, giving a great view of Andean culture.

Captivating Mountains

Nestled in the foothills of the Andes mountains, Salta is surrounded by striking terrain and dazzling views. A scenic cable-car ride from San Martín Park (or a 1000 step climb for the energetic visitor) will take you up San Bernardo Hill, offering a truly breathtaking panorama of the city, as well as a unique wine bar and handicraft shops. The surrounding hills are also home to some of Argentina’s finest vineyards and wineries, producing the flagship white wine, Torrontes, as well as more full-bodied Malbecs and Cabernets.

San Lorenzo Cloud Forest

Alongside its striking architecture and fascinating museums, Salta is home to the Quebrada de San Lorenzo forest and nature reserve, just over 10 kilometres from the city centre. Feel the sunshine on your face as you wander through the Yunga forest, past the streams of crystal-clear water. Perched on the mountain slopes, this forest has an almost constant presence of clouds, offering a truly unique experience as well as a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Guided walking or horse-trekking tours are a great way to experience this ecological gem.

Argentine Life

Though bustling, laid-back Salta has the slower pace of a small town, allowing you to sit back, relax and live like an Argentinian. For a glimpse of authentic Argentina, pay a visit to the Mercado Municipal San Miguel, a lively, indoor market, selling delicious traditional food and artisan goods. Sip a glass of glorious local wine as you watch the sun set from the comfort of a romantic plaza, before lacing up your dancing shoes for an evening of rhythm at a peña, a traditional folk music club.


With a subtropical highland climate, Salta is known for its generally pleasant weather and distinct seasons. The summer months, from November to March boast high daytime temperatures of over 20°C, though some rain does fall during this time; the wettest month is January. The driest months are between May and September and temperatures, though very rarely freezing, are cooler then.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Salta City.

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