The city of Salta, in the north of Argentina, truly deserves the nickname of “La Linda” (the beautiful one”) It is characterized by its colonial buildings, amazing landscapes, and a vast cultural heritage. The warm afternoons are perfect to go around the city. If you happen to visit Salta, you definitely have to include these activities in your “must go” list:
- Take a walking tour around the city centre
- Visit the Archaeological Museum
- Take a trip in the cable car
- Have a regional meal in “peña” La Casona
Walking tour around the city centre
Salta is well known for its impressive architecture. The main Cathedral, the Town Hall and San Francisco church are the favorite buildings to appreciate the colonial style and take pictures. If you want to buy regional products, souvenirs and be in touch with the local people, you can’t forget the handicraft market, “Mercado San Miguel”. My advice: don’t leave the market without buying a llama wool sweater. It is the warmest wool you will ever feel!
Visit the Archaeological Museum
“MAAM” museum is famous around the world because it preserves the mummies of three Inca children. They were found in a volcano in the west of Salta under snow at more than 6000 meters above sea level. The children were buried there as part of an Incan ritual to honor their deities. Due to the extreme cold around them, the mummies are intact. They are kept in airtight glass cases. During your visit, you can learn about Incan culture and traditions.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Take a trip in the cable car
In order to get a panoramic view of Salta, the cable car up to San Bernardo hill is the best choice. The trip begins in San Martín Park and goes to the top of the hill. There you can get outstanding sights of the entire city. There is also a restaurant, a wine bar, and a small market. The cable car is open every day between 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
If you enjoy hiking, you can also reach the top of the hill by foot. You just have to take the trail starting at Güemes monument. One important tip: some people may suffer “apunamiento” (altitude sickness). To avoid feeling ill, try to eat lights meals before going to the hills or mountains. Local people also chew “coca” leaves as a remedy.
Have a regional meal in “peña” La Casona
“Peñas” are local restaurants where you can try regional meals and listen to folk music. Empanadas, locro, and humitas are really tasty dishes. “La Casona del Molino” is a famous peña where locals play their instruments, inviting everybody to sing and dance. Tourists can enjoy the traditional music while they are having a “parrilla” (barbecue).
If you visit “La Casona”, you will have a party all night long. The place opens its door at 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., so it is the perfect choice to have a nice evening in Salta.
By: Luciana Brito
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