Activties, City breaks, South America

Bordering Chile, Boliva and Paraguay, Salta sits high in Argentina’s north. Within the city and surrounding province, you’ll find a treasure trove of history that has been perfectly preserved to inspire and enthrall new generations. With such an enviable location and with so much to see and do, Salta is the perfect location for your August holiday.

Salta

Located in the Northwest of Argentina, Salta is a city which is perfect for tourism and it has been argued that it is in fact Argentina’s most beautiful city. The city itself sits in the foothills of the Andes and is famed for its wineries which produce some of the finest wine in the country. During August, you’ll find that the climate is getting warmer as the month progresses. Temperatures average highs of 22C (72F) through the month, with minimal rain.

Ancient Argentina

Whenever you visit any South American destination, I would argue that it’s essential to visit an ancient site and Salta is a great place to explore Argentina’s ancient past. Begin within the walls of the city at the Archeology museum. Here you’ll be able to see many artefacts which have been uncovered in the surrounding area, most notably the Incan mummies of sacrificed children which have been perfectly preserved.

From here, take a trip out Santa Rosa De Tastil to see ancient ruins in their natural landscape. This site is actually connected to Salta’s Archeological museum so it is the perfect accompaniment to a visit there. Located around 100km from the city, you’ll be able to see the ruins of a large fortress in what was once an important South American city. Other great sites to explore near to Salta include the Churcal Ruins, the rock paintings at Las Juntas and even dinosaur footprints in the Tonco Valley.

Colonial City

Salta’s past is on show throughout the city and this is especially true of its colonial history. It has been said that the Spanish influence on Salta is so great that the city actually feels more European than South American. The history here has been wonderfully preserved thanks to the city’s infrastructure. There are some fine examples of the Colonial Architecture throughout, with many centred around the historic centre and, in particular, the Ninth of July Square including the impressive cathedral. Also here is the Cabildo, which was once the town hall but now is home to a museum dedicated to this area.

Train to the Clouds

Another attraction that Salta is famous for is the aptly named Train to the Clouds. Daily services depart from Salta train station to take passengers on an epic 16 hour journey to the La Polvorilla Viaduct. What’s so special about a 16 hour journey I hear you ask? This ride covers over 280 miles of Argentinian landscape across countless bridges and viaducts that loom higher and higher over the land as your journey continues. When you reach the final destination, you are quite literally up in the clouds having travelled to 4220 feet above sea level. It truly is a remarkable experience that is not to be missed.

Natural Wonders

The Train to the Clouds gives a perfect taste of the landscape which surrounds Salta and the ideal accompaniment to this ride is to then take a trip into one of the many national parks that are nearby to the city. Within the subtropical forests here, you’ll be able to take the chance to see jaguar in their natural environment and this is something definitely not to be missed. With so many to choose from, I would recommend the Parque Nacional Calilegua, El Ray and the jaw dropping Los Cardones which comes complete with cacti for as far as the eyes can see.  Another top site to visit is the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley which even comes with its own set of tombs to explore. A great way to explore these landscapes is to hike or book onto a horse riding tour, where you’ll truly feel at one with nature.