Salta is a sizeable city in the Lerma Valley, North West Argentina. Famed for its abundance of colonial architecture, the city has become a tourist hotspot as a consequence of its magnificent buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, its near-perfect weather and picturesque rural scenery to the west. Many have drawn comparisons between Salta and cities in the Andalusian region of Spain in terms of appearance. Nevertheless, the city does have its own unique identity thanks to the eclectic mix of Spanish and Gaucho traditions upheld here, while it feels like a world away from the buzz and constant noise of Buenos Aires.
While the inner-city routes are notoriously chaotic, those in outlying areas are far more subdued and can be driven on with ease. A hatchback will serve you well when travelling in both Salta’s built up and rural areas.
Driving in Salta
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Important things to note
Salta’s streets are typically packed during the day, therefore it’s important to keep your wits about you at all times when driving around the city.
Do pay attention to Salta’s pedestrians, as they are often known to walk out into the street without paying a great deal of attention.
Drivers in Salta are sometimes known for being a little impatient, so expect to hear a fair deal of horn-honking!
Highlights & Hotspots
The Plaza 9 de Julio is situated in the very heart of Salta and is the city’s main square. Here, you’ll find a wealth of restaurants and coffee shops from where you can watch the world go by, marvel at the magnificent historic buildings and soak up the afternoon sunshine.
Mount San Bernando in the east of the city is the ideal place to enjoy picture postcard views of the city and the surrounding valley. If you’re feeling active, you can reach the top of the hill on foot. Otherwise, there’s a cable car at the bottom which will transport you for a small fee.
Museo Historico del Norte is one of Salta’s premier cultural attractions and gives visitors an insight into Salta’s intriguing past. Split into three areas, the museum takes you different historical periods and houses numerous artefacts, including works of art, furniture and statues.
Tren a las Nubes is a charming steam railway which goes up the mountains, reaching the peak of La Povorilla at over 4,200 metres above sea level. Taking the form of a day trip where you are departing from and ending up in Salta, the ride will see you take in numerous wonderful natural sights.
Martin Miguel de G√ºemes Airport is Salta‚Äôs only airport, located 7km south of the city centre. Regular flights to numerous other South American destinations, particularly elsewhere in Argentina, depart regularly from this airport.
The airport is best reached by car either via the RN 51 or the West Beltway (Au. Circunvalaci√≥n Oeste). It goes from the outskirts of the city centre.