guide to

Salta

Colonial architecture, ancient Incan influence and seductive terrior-driven wines

Salta, Argentina

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

Valle de la Muerte - San Pedro de Atacama

TRIP INSPIRATION

ATACAMA DESERT CROSSING: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE TO SALTA, ARGENTINA >>

HIGHLIGHT MOMENTS

Payogasta, an ancient town on the Inca Road

HIGHLIGHT MOMENTS

Enjoy lunch with spectacular views of the Calchaquí Valley and its long mountain canyon at Finca El Carmen.

HIGHLIGHT MOMENTS

Enjoy a tasting of the world’s highest altitude wine (grown two miles above sea level).

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

Travel tunes: Playlists for Argentina

Where to stay: Overnight Recommendations

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Hotel Legado Mítico

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El Cortijo

Salta Credit Sira Berte

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.