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.
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.
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.
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.
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