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Discover the province of Salta, Argentina

Located in northwestern Argentina, the province of Salta is a region rich in breathtaking landscapes. This region is often nicknamed "La Linda" (the beautiful), because of its well-preserved colonial cities, picturesque villages and breathtaking natural landscapes. Here is an overview of what you can discover during a 10-day road trip in Salta province.


I arrived by plane from Buenos Aires to Salta with the flybondi company, the plane ticket was €46 round trip. Then I rented a car with 3 other travelers to share the costs. It came back to us at €40 per person for 10 days. We then started our road trip and took the following route


Humahuaca


The small town of Humumahuaca is one of the hidden jewels of the Salta region of Argentina. Located in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this mountain city is famous for its spectacular landscapes. Humahuaca is a picturesque village located in the mountains of the Salta region, about a 2-hour drive from Salta city. Humahuaca is famous for its incredible landscapes. The city is surrounded by imposing mountains, the most famous of which is the "C Cerro de los 14 colores" (mountain with 14 colors), an impressive mountain that bears its name because of the variety of colors of the geological layers. Visitors can also explore the surrounding hills, valleys and gorges, which offer breathtaking views and a complete immersion in the natural beauty of the region. The city itself is also picturesque, with cobbled streets and houses with white walls and red tile roofs, which testify to the Spanish influence on local architecture.


Purmamarca


Purmamarca is a small village located near the Quebrada de Humahuaca, famous for its "C Cerro de los 7 Colores" (mountain with 7 colors). Located about 65 km from the city of Jujuy, this small town is famous for its spectacular landscape and brightly colored houses. The mountain "C Cerro de los 7 Colores" is one of the main attractions of Purmamarca. Visitors can admire the colorful rock formations and surrounding landscapes from the viewpoint, a nearby viewpoint. In addition to its natural beauty, Purmamarca is also a place rich in local culture and traditions. The city's inhabitants are proud of their Aboriginal heritage and their culture is reflected in local food, crafts and festivals. The local market is an essential place to discover local culture, with sellers who offer artisanal products such as colorful fabrics, jewelry and sculptures. Visitors can also taste the local cuisine, which includes dishes such as tamales, empanadas and locro, a traditional corn-based soup.


Les Salinas Grandes


The Salinas Grandes are one of the most fascinating destinations in the province of Salta in Argentina. This salt desert extends over about 3,200 km2 and is located at about 3,450 meters above sea level. The dazzling white salt surface extends for kilometers and offers an impressive view that attracts visitors from all over the world. The Salinas Grandes have a long history of salt production, dating back to pre-Hispanic times. For centuries, the natives of the region have used natural basins to extract salt for their personal use and for trade. Later, in the 19th century, the commercial exploitation of salt began on a large scale, and production increased considerably during the 20th century. Today, the Salinas Grandes continue to be an important salt production center, providing high-quality salt for a variety of uses. At Salinas Grandes you can walk on the salt to admire the magnificent view and take photos. You can also take a local guide who can give you information about the history and culture of the region. A visit to the Salinas Grandes can be combined with a visit to other attractions in the region, such as the village of Purmamarca, or the city of Humahuaca.


Cachi and the "Los Cardones" National Park


Cachi is a charming colonial village located about a 3-hour drive from Salta, nestled in the mountains of the Andes. Cachi is surrounded by spectacular landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty. One of the main attractions of the region is Los Cardones National Park, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. Located about 80 km north of Cachi, the "Los Cardones" National Park is a nature reserve of more than 60,000 hectares, which is home to a desert of a wide variety of cacti and breathtaking mountain landscapes. It is named after the cardone cacti, which are a distinctive feature of the region. The landscapes of the national park are breathtaking, with snowy mountains, strange rock formations, green valleys and waterfalls. Another special attraction is the "Cla Cuesta del Obispo", a mountain road that crosses the "Los Cardones" National Park and offers a spectacular view of the surrounding landscapes.


Cafayate and its vineyards


Cafayate is a small town famous for its vineyards and high-quality wines. Cafayate is surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the best wines in Argentina. Visitors can explore the region's vineyards and taste local wines in the city's many cellars and bodegas. The most popular grape varieties in the region are torrontés and malbec, but there is also a variety of red and white wines.

You can then pass through the San Carlos Valley which is located near Cafayate and offers a spectacular landscape, with its green hills, crystal clear rivers and waterfalls. Visitors can explore the valley and thus admire the panel of different colors that characterizes the San Carlos Valley. This road, like all roads in the province of Salta, will certainly make you discover the natural wonders of Argentina.

To finish your road trip in the province of Salta, go to the nature reserve of the " Quebrada de las Conchas". It is a popular attraction in the Cafayate region, which is characterized by strange and spectacular rock formations, shaped by erosion over the centuries. You will discover the " Garganta del Diablo", "el Obelisco" or "el Anfiteatro". Visitors can explore the canyons by hiking or taking a car trip.


In summary, Salta Province is an incredible destination for travelers looking for breathtaking natural landscapes. Whether you prefer to explore picturesque villages, immaculate salt deserts, nature reserves or local vineyards, you will be amazed by the beauty and richness of this unique region. A 10-day road trip will allow you to discover many of these wonders that Argentina has.

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