The name Salta connects the natural world and the city in harmony and beauty. Salta is the name of the region as well as the capital city. Argentina history breathes through the city of Salta, bursting with historical architecture and art while the Salta region is home to panoramic views and thriving vineyards.
Located in the Lerma Valley, this city looks up to the vistas of two mountains. The location of Salta is ideal for the traveler since it is only about six miles from the El Aybal Airport and close in proximity to major road routes (number 9 and number 34). Resting at almost 4000 feet above sea level, the weather in Salta enhances the fertility of the land. Summer and winter are both mild. Temperatures in the winter months have been known to reach the low 70s offering a perfect place for vacation and wine production.
The City Reflects its History
The streets of Salta are filled with art. Buildings reflect the traditions of Hispanic architecture while the narrow sidewalks remind adventures of the age-old history of the city. Numerous statues are part of the landscape as well as several museums focusing on a variety of subjects including history and culture. Other sites to take in during your visit are the Cathedral and San Francisco Church. Both offer a peek into the historical past of Salta. Do not miss the stunning orange trees located opposite the Cathedral in Ninth of July Plaza. If you choose to travel outside the city limits, a magnificent experience awaits on the Train in the Clouds. This opportunity invites the traveler to voyage through the Andes Mountains, literally through the clouds at over 14,000 feet above sea level. Currently the train is not running, but an equivalent excursion can be arranged.
Salta presents much local fare including empanadas and tamales. The cheese and corn paste cooked in the husks or humita can be found in the many restaurants that populate the city. Other local favorites include two types of stew. One is locro, a slow-cooked concoction that has scallions, meat, and corn. The other is more of a spicy soup called mondongo, complete with trip and red pepper.
Weather, Geography, and Wine
Close to Salta, wine-making takes place in Cafayate and is fueled by the perfect climate. Sunshine filters into the region for over 300 days per year while the average temperature is in the upper 60s. A dry atmosphere collaborate with the rivers and temperatures to create a space that encourages the growth of the Torrontes grapes as well as vines to produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay, and Syrah. Traveling to the local wineries includes a 110 mile journey outside of Salta to Cafayate. The adventure is well worth the trip as the route is filled majestic views of nature including foliage, mountain peaks, and sandy valleys glimmering like diamonds from the sun's reflection on the mica.
On the way to Cafayate, you may want to visit the lovely town of Cachi. Native foods, scenery, and architecture await you there.
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