Salta, the capital city of the province of Salta, is situated
in the Valle de Lerma (Lerma Valley), at 1187 m (3893 ft) above
sea level, at the foot of the mountains 20 de Febrero and San
Located in such a fertile valley, the city preserves its
typically colonial appearance with its age-old architecture from
the 18th and 19th centuries. Salta "la linda" (the
combines colonial tendencies with modern ones. It preserves
buildings from the colonial period like houses with wooden
balconies, iron framework, richly engraved entranceways and
pillars, interior patios with fountains and a grand variety of
The center of the city is the plaza 9 de Julio. Some of the
most interesting and traditional buildings to visit in Salta are:
la Casa de Hernández (Hernandez House), whose Museo de la Ciudad
(the City Museum) is located on the lower level; la asa de Arias
Rengel, headquarters of the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Arias
Rengel (Arias Rengel Provincial Museum of Fine Arts); la Casa de
Leguizamón (Leguizamón House); el Cabildo (Town Hall), where the
Museo Histórico del Norte (Northern History Museum) operates; the
Museo Presidente José Evaristo Uriburu, where the Museo de
la Casa, Usos y Costumbres (Museum of Homes, Customs, and
Practices) functions; and the Iglesia (Church) de San Francisco.
Weaving, a widespread provincial art, reaches high artistic
standards. The kinds of materials used are wool, horsehair, and
vegetable fibers (chaguar). Palm leaves, simbol, and poleo
(pennyroyal), typical of this region, are most commonly used for
basket weaving. In the art of ceramics, the distinguished
pottery of the almost extinct indigenous group, Chané, is used for
ceremonies and everyday purposes.
This city is the base for touring some more interesting places
in the northwestern region of Argentina. La Villa San Lorenzo is
located 10 km (6.25 mi) from Salta and here one can appreciate
beautiful views of the hills that make up the eastern rope of
the Andes and of the hills and prairies of the Lerma Valley. To
the south of Salta we find the gigantic
General Manuel Belgrano channel, that is made up of two man-made
lakes that are known as the Reservoirs of Cabra
1605 km (1003 mi) from Buenos Aires and 121 km (75
mi) from San Salvador of Jujuy.
When to go
Cerro San Bernardo, San Francisco Church, San Bernardo
Convent, Cabildo (Town Hall), Museum of Anthropology and Natural Sciences, El Tribuno Pajarito Velarde and the
del Norte Provincial de Bellas Artes (North Province
Historical Museum of Fine Arts).
How to get there
By plane. From Buenos Aires to El Aybal Airport about 9 km
(5.5 mi) from Salta, and 1145 m (3755 ft) above sea level,
on Aerolíneas Argentinas and Dinar.
By bus. From Buenos Aires to Salta, Rosario de la Frontera,
Metán and San Ramón de la Nueva Orán.
By car: On ("Ruta Nacional" or
National Route) RN 9, RN 16, RN 34, RN 40, RN 51, (Ruta
Panamericana) RP 37 and RP 27
Adventure Tourism, Climb the snowy peaks, canoeing and
windsurfing in the reservoir, trekking in the National Parks,
fishing in streams, rivers, and reservoirs. Animal watching,
scientific tourism. Mountain climbing and hunting.
Salta offers 3 four-star hotel establishments, 4 three-star
hotels, and 6 two-star hotels.
Cabra Corral, Cachi, Molinos, Cafayate, Iruya and Santa
Rosa de Tastil. El Rey National Park,
Los Cardones National Park, Baritu National Park and Los Palmares
Natural Reserves: Los Andes and Acambuco.