Salta has it all: a rich colonial heritage, beautiful and pristine natural landscapes, a distinctive wine growing region and more outdoor adventure possibilities than you could possibly fit into a single visit. Get a taste of all this hidden jewel of Argentina has to offer with this three-day itinerary.
Day 1: Colonial Salta
The city of Salta, considered one of Argentina’s finest colonial cities, is home to only 500,000 people, yet feels surprisingly cosmopolitan. Even if you’re limited on time in Salta Province, it’s worth spending a day wandering past the colonial architecture, including the beautiful Iglesia San Francisco, ducking in to a few museums and soaking up the afternoon sun at a café along Plaza 9 de Julio in the heart of the city.
Day 2: Natural Wonders & Outdoor Adventures
Salta’s main claim to fame is its collection of natural attractions, so take a day to get outdoors and explore a few of them. Among the most interesting sights in the province is Salinas Grandes, a giant salt sea covering more than 325 square miles (525 square km). On your way, stop for a look at the multicolored, UNESCO-listed valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Head across the border into Jujuy Province, and you’ll find another of the region’s natural wonders, Cerro de Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors) looming over the town of Purmamarca.
Day 3: Torrontés Tasting
The nutrient-rich soils of Salta’s Calchaquí Valley, paired with its high altitude, make for excellent grape-growing conditions, and the town of Cafayate is an excellent place to visit to sample Argentina’s sole native varietal, Torrontés. A few big wineries have vineyards here, but it’s much more rewarding to spend a day sipping your way through the family-owned boutique bodegas. If you have some extra time, stop in for some shopping at the Mercado Artesanal.