We departed Iguazu on an early morning bus which took us through both day and night towards Salta. The nearly 1600km ride was excruciatingly long but worth while when we arrived in the beautiful Argentinian city. Northern Argentina has a very different vibe than the rest of Argentina, much more indigenous. This area has a lot more in common with Bolivia and Peru in terms of tradition and heritage.
We spent about 5 days in the capital of Salta and the surrounding area, using a hired private car to drive us around the countryside. Salta is one of Argentina’s top cities and I highly recommend spending at least 3 days here. The northern province has much to offer a visitor as well, including numerous world class vineyards, quaint towns steeped in culture and tradition, and artisan markets.
The countryside here is stunning, a diverse blend of rugged mountains, lush forest and sprawling desert – perfect for the outdoor enthusiast and camera nut.
Great places to visit during a trip to Northern Argentina:
The capital of the northern Salta province, is a stunning colonial city, with excellent restaurants, museums and entertainment. Full of beautiful architecture and many relaxed plazas and parks.
Is home to many fantastic vineyards. It lays on the border of forest and barren sandstone canyon.
Seven Colored Mountains
Are gorgeous, colorful mountain range not far from Salta. Perfect for some light day hiking and photography.
Is a dusty town near the Bolivian border which has many artisan shops and whose churches and museums show the colonial influences. A great place to wander around and feel lost in time.
Hosts fantastic scenery, rock formations and many artisans and craft markets. It is also a place of historical significance acting as an ancient route connecting the mountains and the coast.
Is a per-Hispanic fortress and artist colony. Its many museums display archaeological artifacts and local crafts. Clay pottery and woven goods are great purchases in this area.
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