Fewer things in life are more gratifying than visiting Salta, since it encompasses history, tradition and architecture from the times of the viceroyalty. The Spanish stamp sets it apart from other cities in the country. You can feel, smell and even touch this quality while you walk down its roads and discover the old colonial houses with wooden balconies.
Salta is a city surrounded by hills, which was founded in the valley of Lerma in 1582. The nerve centre of the city life runs through Plaza 9 de Julio and the buildings around it. The Cathedral is as impressive as the two sculptures it holds and which are revered by the people in the province, Señor and Virgen del Milagro, whose festivity in September ends up in the most renowned religious procession in Argentina.
The old Cabildo houses the Museum of History of the North, part of whose collection was donated by Darío Felipe Arias’ mother. Finally, several shops selling beautiful silver jewellery define the character of the main square.
Just one block away from the Plaza, visitors find San Francisco church. Built in the 18th century, its elaborate ornamentation, bright colours and especially its 57-metre belfry (the highest in South America at the time of its construction) make it one of the most beautiful churches in the city.
Your sightseeing tour would be incomplete without a visit to San Bernardo Convent, where the cloistered Discalced Carmelites live. Take a moment to admire its main carved wooden door. You can also ride the funicular up San Bernardo hill and take a bird’s eye view of the city and its outskirts.

Quebrada de San Lorenzo
This summer spot is only 17 kilometres away from the city and has a microclimate that sustains fertile soils, ravines and winding streams, as well as a lush mountain jungle in the background. Visitors can have lunch there, do some trekking or even dare to gallop downhill at Loma Balcón.