Argentina’s stunning northwestern province of Salta has a wide range of contrasting microclimates in a single region, creating a unique environment for producing unique, high-quality wines. Vineyards stretch over 3,200 has/8,000 acres and thrive at remarkable altitudes,with some reaching as high as two miles above sea level. The uniquely Argentine Torrontés variety is the region’s most celebrated, while Malbec, Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo are true standouts among the red grapes, increasingly garnering awards and attention around the globe. With colonial architecture, breathtaking landscapes and a rich Inca-inspired cultural history, sophisticated Salta is always a favorite among those who visit.
When to go
We prefer September through March for the best experience in Salta and northern Argentina.
How to Arrive
Flight from Buenos Aires (EZE): 2 hrs Driving: 7 hrs from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Good to know
Language: Spanish Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS) Visas/fees: Travel to Argentina does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers. AUS citizens must pay a reciprocity fee.
What to do in Salta
Ready to go? Here’s what to pack
Salta enjoys temperate weather throughout the year, which means getting active outdoors should be in everyone’s plans! There are chilly nights and periods of rain from December through March.
- Sun protection (glasses, sunscreen, hats)
- Appropriate clothing for horseback riding and/or hiking
- Hiking boots
- Camera gear
- Reusable water bottle
Where to stay: Overnight Recommendations
Hotel Legado Mítico
Hacienda de Molinas
Tips from our Team
- Empanadas Salteñas are one of our favorite foods in South America. These handheld meat pies go great alongside a salsa picante and a local Malbec.
- Peñas are local restaurants/bars that specialize in folkloric music. Spend an evening in one and perhaps you’ll end up dancing the chacarerawith a local.
- The drive from Salta to Cachi over the Cuesta del Obispo, a zigzag climb through red ochre-colored desert, is a great way to experience the incredible Andean scenery of this region.