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Salado River (Rio Juramento)
Salado River (Rio Juramento)

Salado River (Rio Juramento)

Salta

The Basics

White-water rafting trips on the Salado River typically include safety equipment and full instruction, and tend to pass up to 15 Class II and III rapids; rafting also offers spectacular views of the red-rock canyons and distant Andes Mountains. If you’re looking to satisfy an appetite for adventure, choose a day trip that combines white-water rafting with ziplining over the Juramento Canyon, which reaches heights of up to 460 feet (140 meters) and offers a bird’s-eye view of the river.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • White-water rafting trips on the Salado River are suitable for first-time rafters.

  • Tours typically spend around two hours on the water so a moderate level of fitness is recommended.

  • Rafting and ziplining are a family-friendly activity that’s suitable for kids over the age of 10.

  • Bring a swimsuit, change of clothes, and a towel for rafting tours, and comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes if you’re ziplining. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent are also recommended.

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How to Get There

Most rafting trips along the Salado River begin near the Cabra Corral Dam, around 62 miles (100 kilometers) south of Salta or a 2-hour drive. Day tours from Salta typically include round-trip transport.

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When to Get There

It’s possible to raft all year round in Salta, though the water can be extremely cold in the winter months. If you do take a tour between June and August, wetsuits are nearly always provided.

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Outdoor Activities around Salta

The otherworldly landscapes of Salta provide a great backdrop for outdoor activities. Hikers can scale the summit of Cerro San Bernardo, venture further afield to the Hill of Seven Colors in Purmamarca, or explore the red-rock ravine of Quebrada de las Conchas. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, head to Dique Cabra Corral lake, a popular spot for bungee jumping and jet-boat rides, or try sandboarding at the Los Medanos sand dunes.

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