First Impressions of Salta (Argentina)

Prior to my arrival in Bolivia I visited the city of Salta in Argentina. Unfortunately, due to a mix up in my travel dates I only had 1.5 days there instead of the 4 I had previously planned. This meant I didn’t have time to get outside of the city and view the nearby countryside (which I’ve heard is exceptionally beautiful) and as was my original plan. However, I’m still very glad I visited Salta as it was a beautiful city. These were my first impressions;

The Cable Car / Aerial City Views

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Probably the best thing I did during my short time in Salta was take the cable car ride up to the top of Cerro San Bernardo. Whilst taking the cable car ride is definitely a tourity thing to do, I think the views as you go up and also at the top of the mountain were definitiely worth it. Also, whilst tourism is definitely a ‘thing’ in Salta, it’s not on the same scale as say Paris or Rome where you’re going to be mobbed by hoards of tourists. So whilst it is definitely a tourist attraction in the city, it was still quaint enough to just chill out for a few hours and enjoy the views.

The cost of a return ticket on the cable car was 50 ARS (£5.25 / $8.50 / €6.15) (which is the ticket that I bought.) However, if you just wanted to take the cable car one-way (either up or down) and walk the other half then it was 30 ARS (£3.15 / $5.10 / €3.70) one-way.

Plaza 9 de Julio

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Plaza 9 de Julio is the main square in Salta and also home to some nice buildings and museums. In particular it is home to the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña which exhibits the 3 Inca children found frozen at the peak of Mount Llullaillaco. In general though Plaza 9 de Julio is just a nice place to hang out and when I was there they had some street performers and small festivities going on which was nice.

San Francisco Church

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Whilst I’m not a religious person at all, one thing I found about Salta (and Argentina in general) was that the churches they have here are very pretty. Particularly the outside of the buildings, they all tend to adorn a colour, which in the case of San Francisco was a lovely orangey/red shade. What I loved even more about the place was the old man who sits outside the church (I believe he sits outside there regularly) and who sprung up a conversation with me (and many of the other people who had passed too). Whilst his accent was too strong for me to understand much of the Spanish he was speaking, and whilst he was half-deaf (meaning he could hardly hear anything I was saying in Spanish), it did to me represent the friendly nature of the local people of Salta.

A different vibe

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Prior to my arrival in Salta I’d heard a few things from people saying that Salta (and the north of Argentina in general) was more dangerous than the South. Whilst you could definitely see a little bit more poverty here than in other Argentine cities I’d visited prior to my arrival in Salta, I didn’t have any bad experiences personally in this way here. In fact, what I did enjoy was the overall different vibe Salta had to any other Argentine cities I’d visited previously. You can tell there’s more of a mix here internationally from the neighbouring countries to the north. What I also found was that one minute you’d be walking along a street that seemed a bit scruffy around the edges, only to turn a corner and find a beautiful church sat there in the middle of it or another pretty buildings that just made you want to stop and take a picture. It was an interesting place, and somewhere I would definitely go back to.

3 Responses to “First Impressions of Salta (Argentina)”

  1. Katy says:

    Yet again beautiful pics! I want to go to Salta now!

  2. Hannah says:

    Beautiful photos. Salta looks like such a great place to visit. The cable car looks a great way to take everything in!

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