Puentes Guide to Salta and Jujuy
Nicknamed “La Linda,” Salta is known for the beautiful, natural scenery of the valleys in the region. Salta is situated in the Andes Mountains in the southernmost region of what was once the Inca Empire. It has a strong Spanish tradition, which mixed with the Argentine “gaucho” (cowboy) culture, creates a unique identity, rich in folklore and filled with striking, colonial architecture.
WHERE TO STAY
Depending on what kind a trip you are anticipating, Salta city can be your basecamp from which to visit the surrounding tourist sites, or perhaps for the more adventurous, traveling from one small pueblo to the next, is also a great way to get to know the area. Airbnb is a great resource for finding accommodation in the area.
WHAT TO DO
Spend an afternoon or a whole day getting to know Salta City’s highlights, including the following:
WHERE TO EAT
Salta is a great place to get away from the more toned down flavors of Buenos Aires. The North is renowned for using a bit more spice in their cooking and their regional dishes such as empanadas salteñas (cubed beef with potatoes with spices) are worth the trip themselves. Other regional eats include guisos and humitas.
Finding a peña (a traditional restaurant/venue) from where you can view traditional folkloric performances is also a great way to catch a meal and a show.
Called the “Tuscany of Argentina,” Cafayate is a charming town surrounded by high altitude vineyards of Torrontes. Stay at the lovely Patios de Cafayate.
A must-see in the northwest region is Las Salinas, with its expansive salt flats.
Called the hill of seven colors because of its vibrant hues, the Quebrada de Humahuaca is a UNESCO World Heritage listed gorge. On your way, get to know small indigenous towns, such as Purmamarca, Tilcara, and Humahuaca.
Ticlara is a pleasant town in Jujuy in Argentina. It is the touristic centre of the world heritage site Quebrada de Humahuaca. It has great artifacts in its museums from all over the Andean world, as well as a superb natural setting in the highlands.
Iruya is one of Argentina’s best kept secrets. A small mountainside village a few hours bus ride from Jujuy. It a great spot to chill, explore a small northern Argentine city and hike.
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