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June 27, 2008

Salta: Beauty of the North of Argentina with

Salta: Beauty of the North

Argentina’s mountainous Northwest has only recently been discovered by international travelers. Rich in colonial architecture, the picturesque province of Salta offers visitors a rainbow of landscapes infused with indigenous Andean culture.

Salta, originally founded by the conquistadores in 1533, was declared a province of Argentina in 1814 following liberation from Spain. The exquisite colonial architecture of the capital city is evidence of powerful European influence. Completed in 1625, the iconic red and gold San Francisco Church, boasts the hemisphere’s tallest belfry. The city’s centerpiece, 9 de Julio Plaza, is shaded by towering palm trees and surrounded by sidewalk cafes. Here, the air is infused with the scent of fresh empanadas and the gentle strains of accordion music. The pink hued Salta Cathedral serves as the plaza’s impressive backdrop. Nearby, an enormous handicraft market bustles with local artisans, who sell pottery, woolen goods, and Wichi woodcarvings.

The surrounding countryside is some of South America’s most colorful terrain. To the south, National Route 68 crosses the Calchaquíes Valleys, known for their red hills, adobe towns, and centuries-old traditions. In the southern town of Cafayate, visitors can admire the local architecture, enjoy regional cuisine, and delight in the remarkable spirit of the people. Cachi, a small historic town in eastern Salta offers similar opportunities.

“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” – Lawrence Darrell

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