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Salta: Tourism, travel, estancias, hotels & tours via Buenos Aires

Founded in 1582, Salta has a distinct Spanish feel setting is apart from other cities in Argentina with its colonial houses and narrow winding streets.  This hospitable city of a rich historic heritage offers tourists wonderful, culture, history, agro and wine-tourism. 

Its points of interest include the main square, the Cathedral and old city hall.  San Francisco church is near the square along with the San Bernardo Convent with a carved door dating back to 1762.  Other places of interest include the Uriburu Museum, the Hernández and the Arias Rengel houses and the Güemes and the 20 de Febrero Monuments.

Tourists will enjoy wandering the streets around the main square, taking in the fresh air and having a drink in one of its many cafes.  Its many cobbled streets are reminiscent of an older era when the main square was a vibrant political, economic and social hub.  Visitors can also take a nearby cable car and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from San Bernardo hill.  Mercado Artesanal, a former ranch, has been turned into a shopping area and is a favorite with locals and tourists alike.

Salta’s history and cultural life in interwoven with the beauty and diversity of its natural setting.  Salta has a variety of cinemas and cinemas offering a wide variety of shows and performances.  Casa de la Cultural is home to Salta’s Symphony Orchestra and offers weekly performances. 

Museums include the recently opened Contemporary Art Museum, the Cabildo Uriburu Museum and the Hernandez and Arias Rengel Houses.   Historic monuments include the Güemes and 20 de Febrero Monuments that commemorate heroes from Argentina’s independence campaign.

Salta is a cradle of faith and its Cathedral is the Sanctuary for the Señor and Virgen del Milagro, the patron saints of Salta, whose procession is celebrated every September 15.

Salta has a rich nightlife with casinos, pubs, cafes and discos.  Most of its nightlife is conveniently concentrated in the area surrounding the train station.  On weekends, there is a crafts market where tourists can find a variety of traditional handmade products.

Nightlife in Salta is lively, varied and safe. Salteños and tourists alike meet in peñas, pubs, cafes,

Salta is famous for its folk music and many famous Argentine musicians were born in this region.   It cuisine is multi-cultural and is well known for its traditional empanadas, locro and humitas.  Modern dishes include llama meat and trout.  Salta is also known for its wine, particularly the wonderfully dry and crisp Torrontes, with it almost floral Muscat nose and tatse . 

Museums include the following locations:

(Spanish) The MAAM Archeological Museum

Other resources:

(Spanish) Official Government Website
(English, French, Portuguese, Spanish) Department of Tourism

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