The city of Salta sits on a fertile plain east of the rolling foothills of the Andes, where the snow-draped peaks can be seen rising beyond. The climate is balmy and the streets and parks are pleasantly studded with palm trees.
The city is renowned for its colonial architecture, friendly population and elegant claret-red ponchos, a legacy of the War of Independence. It lies in a fertile plain at the foot of the arid foothills of the Andes, the only Argentine region where vestiges of indian heritage are still visible. Nowadays Salta is a opular base for visitors to the adjacent wineries of the Calchaqui valley, carpeted in vineyards.
As you wander round the city centre with your guide, you will appreciate the large number of intact baroque colonial buildings lining the geometric grid of streets and spacious squares. The city was an important centre in imperial times, but its influence waned in favour of Buenos Aires and its infrastructure more or less fossilised. The ornate cathedral with its frescoes is particularly gorgeous. You’ll also be accompanied on the cable car which ascends the hill on the edge of town for a panoramic view of the city skyline.
If you have time after the tour, we recommend you visit the MAAM Museum next to the Cathedral, which houses the haunting ice-mummified remains of sacrificed Inca children as well as other relics of the pre-Columbian period.