Salta travel guide

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You're Going to Love Salta

Founded in 1582, Salta is the capital of Salta Province and a favorite tourist spot in northwest Argentina. The city is renowned for its colonial architecture and folk music clubs. It is surrounded by superb natural areas, such as the cloud forests of Reserva del Huaico.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Salta

1. The Train to the Clouds

This day trip involves a stunning journey by rail into the La Polvorilla Mountains.

2. Horse Riding

Sample the Gaucho lifestyle with trips including camping and outdoor dining.

3. Museums

Museums like the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña and the Museum of Fine arts in Salta hold some excellent collections.

4. Walking Tours

Free walking tours will help you understand the historic center of Salta. Just remember to tip the guide.

5. Outdoor Activities

Salta is famous for outdoor activities and extreme sports such as rafting, climbing, trekking, rappel, and paragliding.

Where to Eat in Salta

El Patio de la Empanada on Av. San Martin esquina Esteco is a good place to try authentic local food like empanadas and humitas. Mains are around AR$100. Doña Salta on Cordoba by Plaza 9 de Julio has good steak and wine, and dinner for two will cost around AR$320.

When to visit Salta

Salta in February
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Salta in February
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1 night at 3-star hotel

Salta is nearly 4,000 feet above sea level and has a subtropical highland climate with warm, sunny spring, fall, and summer seasons. Winters are mild and wet, with 80% of rainfall occurring between December and March.

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How to Get to Salta


Salta Airport (SLA) is just three miles to the south of the city with connections to major Argentinian cities such as Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Rosario. There are also regular flights from Rio de Janiero. A taxi into town costs AR$35 or you can take the 8A bus for AR$5.35.


There are no long distance trains to Salta, only a commuter service from the nearby town of General Güemes.


Salta is connected to Buenos Aires by the RN34 and RN9. The RN9 and RN157 connects with Cordoba and Mendoza is connected by the RN38.


Salta has good bus connections with all major Argentinian cities. The 20-hour trip from Buenos Aires will cost around AR$1,324.

Airports near Salta

Airlines serving Salta

ITA Airways
Good (25 reviews)
Air Europa
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Aerolineas Argentinas
Excellent (159 reviews)
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Where to stay in Salta

Hotel Colonial is conveniently located on Zuviría in the city center, while the Altalaluna Boutique Hotel & Spa is located just outside the city, close to the vineyards.

Popular neighbourhoods in Salta

Centro - this is the historic center of Salta, with many fine colonial buildings and lots of bars, clubs, and restaurants.

San Martín - west of downtown, this area has a more modern feel. There are many local restaurants and some good shopping.

Cerro San Bernardo - this is to the east of the city and is reached by a cable car. It has great views of Salta and pleasant streets around the base.

Where to stay in popular areas of Salta

Most booked hotels in Salta

Alejandro I Hotel
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
Sheraton Salta Hotel
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
Salta Por Siempre
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
Luxor Hotel Salta
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
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How to Get Around Salta

Public Transportation

Local bus services are frequent, with fares from AR$3.25.


Taxis cost AR$25 for the meter drop and AR$30 per mile


Salta has good paved roads and few traffic problems. If you are venturing into the mountains, however, you may want to rent a 4x4. Car rental is available from AR$900.

The Cost of Living in Salta

Shopping Streets

The area around Plaza 9 de Julio has many craft shops and fashion boutiques, while the city's main shopping mall is Alto Noa on Avenida Virrey Toledo.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Salta costs AR$16, while a loaf of bread is AR$20.

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