Salta Journals

Salta la Linda

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A travel journal to Salta by SeenThat

Belfry Photo, Salta, Argentina More Photos
Quote: "Salta the Beautiful" had honestly earned its nickname due to its amazing colonial architecture, pleasant climate, and surrounding green peaks. Placed in northwestern Argentina with the Andes Range at its west and the Bolivian Highlands at its north, it is in a key position for anyone visiting the area.

Hotel America Salta

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Iglesia y Convento San Francisco Photo, Salta, Argentina
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Traveling overland in South America isn't easy. The bad roads combine with often and hostile police checks; as if they were assuming everybody is guilty unless proven otherwise. The result is an inherent difficulty in planning a tight travel schedule and tiring experiences despite the wonderful sights.Under such circumstances, I recently found myself in downtown Salta at 1:30am without neither a hotel reservation nor a specific plan where to go. I was planning to continue my trip to Tucuman a few hours later; thus finding a place where to shower and rest for a while was im...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 5, 2007

Hotel America Salta
Urquiza 325
Salta, Argentina
+54 (387) 422-8680

Café Tobias

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Restaurant

General View Photo, Salta, Argentina
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Café Tobias is a typical Argentinean coffee shop with a twist: it specializes on food from the Salta area, which is intrinsically related to the Andean High Plateau, despite the town being on the slopes leading to the central Argentinean plains.LocationResembling any other Argentinean town dating from colonial times, Salta is built in a perfect rectangular grid of streets surrounding a central plaza. Usually, such a plaza is surrounded by the main buildings and churches of the town.Café Tobias is superbly located on Buenos Aires corner ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2007

Cerro San Bernardo

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Attraction

Cerro San Bernardo Photo, Salta, Argentina
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Salta is built around a beautiful green hill called Cerro San Bernardo; it dominates the city landscape and it is hardly possible to find a place in town from where it cannot be spotted. The Cable CarThe "Teleferico" cable car to the hill's summit leaves from the San Martin Park, just west from the bus terminal and some twelve blocks away from the central plaza. The trip costs 8ARP (less than three American dollars) for a return ticket or 4ARP for a single trip and longs around five minutes.Climbing UpThe best way to reach the summit is climbing through the staircase to heaven. The access is located at the eastern end of Pa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2007

Cerro San Bernardo
Cerro San Bernardo
Salta, Argentina

Plaza 9 de Julio: Salta’s Central Plaza

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Belfry Photo, Salta, Argentina
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Resembling other colonial Argentinean towns, Salta was built in a perfect rectangular grid of streets surrounding a central plaza; that plaza was bounded by the town's main buildings and churches.The SurroundingsIn the late afternoon, after the local siesta ends, the central 9 de Julio Plaza becomes a lively place where the denizens gather to socialize and to breathe some fresh air; there is no better place to meet people while watching the city main attractions.InformationSalta's tourist office is on Buenos Aires 93, by the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 4, 2007

Iglesia y Convento San Francisco

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Iglesia y Convento San Francisco Photo, Salta, Argentina
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The Minor Basilica of San Francisco is one of the most striking structures in Salta and Argentina. The decision to build it dates back to April 16, 1582, which was Salta’s foundation date. Located next to the central plaza, the Uriburu House and the Cabildo, it occupies one of the most important and accessible spots in the town.ConstructionOriginally it was designed as the "Iglesia y Convento de San Diego de Alcalá" (church and monastery); its first structure was built during the late 16th century. The magnificent actual structure dates back to the 18th century and survived a fire in 1761. After a basic restoration, it was reopened in 1767 and closed again i...Read More

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Iglesia y Convento San Francisco

Salta, Argentina

Exiting Argentina from the Northwest

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Llamas on the Road Photo, Tucuman, Argentina
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Salta is the biggest city in Northwestern Argentina and doubles as the area’s travel hub. Beyond the obvious international airport, it is possible to reach three countries from here with the help of comfortable buses. Some of these trips are obvious and direct; others possess the evasive nature of connoisseurs’ shortcuts. This entry deals with the crossings to Chile, Bolivia...Read More