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Salta, the capital of the province of the same name, is one of the main cities in Argentina and the gateway to discovering the North of Argentina.
It is rightly known as Salta La Linda (the pretty, the fair) as it is beautiful with a great deal of colonial architecture in a magnificent setting. It is known also for its pleasant weather...fresh in the evenings and dry. Here you are close to many great natural attractions...there are the valleys, vineyards and the cordilleras.
The first thing you will notice is the lack of a hustle and bustle. This is nothing like the constant motion of Buenos Aires. It is a city of about a half a million. You will also notice the greater diversity here, particularly the many native faces. This is a different side of Argentina than what you might expect. The diet is a little different, the music that moves their souls is more likely to be a folkloric ballad played on an acoustic guitar than a tango. Savor the diversity!
Because this is in the mountains (1200 meters above sea level-almost a mile high), be aware that your body will react differently here. Be careful of your level of activity and your diet. This is not high altitude like Peru, but you will notice it, particularly if you are flying in from Buenos Aires or somewhere at sea level.
Use Salta as a base for exploring the northwest of Argentina. Give yourself a couple of days to just enjoy the colonial flavor of the city. You will want to take a tour to the valleys (a day or two) and another trip into the mountains (another day or two). Don't miss the Tren a las Nubes, the famous train to the clouds, or one of the modern variants (safari a las nubes, for example). If possible give yourself at least a week and half, more if you can.
Because of its long history and diversity you will see some of the adaptations that the native culture has made to survive. You will see native traditions blended into the European, particularly in religion. If you get the chance, some of the Feasts of the patron saints are good examples of this phenomenon.
- Pros:great weather, magnificent setting,
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