The best way to know Salta is to start in its capital city. Our landmark will be the 9 de Julio Square, right in the city’s historic centre. Around this plaza and in its vicinity, there is a wealth of bars and restaurants, a pedestrian and shopping area, a handicrafts market, and several historic buildings that will let us appreciate the colonial architectural heritage of the town – the Cabildo (old town hall), the Basilica Cathedral, Saint Francis Church, and Saint Bernard Convent.
Additionally, two must-see museums are located opposite the square – the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) and the MAAM (Museum of High Altitude Archaeology), which exhibits the “Children of Llullaillaco”, one of the most significant archaeological findings in Argentine history.
The tour can continue toward the San Bernardo hill, a city landmark and natural lookout. The top can be accessed by car or cable car. From there, we will get a wonderful panoramic view and great photos of Salta and its valley.
Now we can leave the town to explore the Calchaquí Valleys as we drive across the heart of the province. The road passes through villages like Cachi, where time seems to be held in abeyance, and through natural landscapes of stunning beauty such as the Quebrada de las Flechas, very near Cafayate.
Cafayate is the epicentre of Salta’s Wine Route. The town is located in the south of the province and both the urban and surrounding areas are punctuated by a large number of wineries offering many fun options ranging from wine tasting sessions and guided tours to more participatory activities like making your own wine or working in the vineyards during the grape harvest.
Naturally, we cannot leave Salta without enjoying one of its most staggering tours – the Train to the Clouds. This is a challenging trip over 200 km of tracks that will take us from Salta city’s lush valley through changing scenery up to the wilderness of the Puna, at an altitude of more than 4,000 m and very close to the clouds.