The city of Salta is located in the northeast region of Argentina and is 994 miles from Buenos Aires. It is a land of important and popular musicians, exquisite gastronomy and unforgettable scenery. Its urban landscape is outlined by colonial houses, museums and churches and its narrow streets are framed by the Andes.
Salta is the cradle of Argentinian folklore. Internationally renowned artists were born in this land to which they sing with pride. Guitars and drums to the rhythm of zambas and chacareras (folk songs). There are plenty of “peñas” (folkloric shows) where you can enjoy folkloric singing and dancing.
The cuisine from this region is as vast as it is colorful. Above and beyond traditional empanadas, locros (stew) and humitas (stewed sweet corn), you can savor gourmet meals prepared from local products such as corn, llama meat, trout and silverside fish.
This city serves as an excellent base for excursions to:
Los valles Calchaquíes: The scenery is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon of Colorado because of the color and incredible shapes of its mountains which surprise visitors.
In the Valles Calchaquíes there are a series of famous towns: Cafayate, famous for its vineyards and cavas (sparkling wines). Its specialty is the white Torrontés. Various wineries in this and surrounding towns open their doors to the public. In Molinos you will find some of the best textiles made by loom. Here they sell ponchos and the famous “barracán”. Only 5 miles from the historical district are located the indigenous ruins of Churcal and the Colomé Farm where you will find the best winery and vineyards in the world. Cachi boasts beautifully colored mountains, dotted by the Calchaquí River, surrounded by hundreds of archeological sites and guarded by the snow capped peak that bears its name and reaches 30,000 feet.
Located at more than 13,123 feet, it offers endless snow capped mountain peaks, volcanoes, extensive seas of salt, mines, lagoons full of pink flamingos and vicunas that complete the characteristic scene. Artisans from La Puna produce beautiful textiles from pure llama and sheep wool and decorate them with Andean designs.
Las Salinas Grandes is a stunning expanse of white horizon. Here, the sun varies the colors of the landscape and one can still observe ancient salt extraction techniques.
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