What to do and see in Salta, Argentina: The Best Places and Tips

October 20, 2017 Frederic Celentano

Vibrant Salta is a mashup of old world architecture and modern fun—a truly sophisticated bohemia! Marvel at the intricate façade of the old town hall—a Salta focal point—as you stroll from museums to markets. Savor the vintages at local wineries or take a train to a tiny village that's perched "at the top of the clouds." Thrill seekers will love the adventure sports and archaeological explorations that await at nearby Cabra Corral Dam.
Restaurants in Salta

1. Anfiteatro Natural

Salta, Argentina
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Anfiteatro Natural

Reviewed By Marcela251081 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

This is wonderful, the accoustic is so amazing local people play music with typical instruments of the region and the sound is like being in heaven! A must!

2. Salinas Grandes

Llamado Puna Jujena, 4600 San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy, Salta, Argentina
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
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5 based on 196 reviews

Salinas Grandes

Reviewed By Stephen C - Salta, Argentina

Suggest you spend a night in one of the great boutique hotels in Purmamarca and next day drive up to the Salinas Grandes. The road up is breathtaking, winding up to about 4000 ms above sea level, all tarmac. You then drive down to the Salinas. It is a landscape from another world. Flat and white it looks like snow but it's pure salt. DON'T FORGET SUNGLASSES!!! In the middle of the salt plains, they have built a house completely out of salt!!

3. Cuesta del Obispo

RN33, Salta, Argentina +54 387 404-0973
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Cuesta del Obispo

Reviewed By irena_sg - Sydney, Australia

This was not on our agenda but became part of our trip as our original destination was blocked by a mudslide. So glad we got to see this beautiful landscape! Must do it in a four-wheel drive though!

4. Virgen de los Tres Cerritos

Calle Los Tres Zorritos, Salta A4412IZA, Argentina
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Virgen de los Tres Cerritos

Reviewed By argie_adf - Buenos Aires, Argentina

we walked up since there was a long line in the bus. it was a saturday but the lady wasn't there. the climb up prepares you to the atmosphere you'll experience, if you want to. some of us climbed praying while others were just climbing up as an excercise. it's an overall spiritual experience no matter what you believe in.

5. Museo Guemes

Calle Espana 730, Salta A4400ANR, Argentina +54 387 495-4295
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Museo Guemes

Reviewed By Gene J - Silver Spring, Maryland

After visiting the main plaza’s Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña, we walked 250 meters northwest to Museo Guemes. We paid our 100 Ap each, then waited on a courtyard bench for a group to be assembled. Our group of 15 was then given instructions in Spanish to “stay together” as the door to Room #1 was opened.
As a group, we progressed slowly from room to room, assembling to listen to oral multimedia presentations. Several had captions in English and we could follow along on the progression of General Guemes from childhood to Buenos Aires cadet to numerous battles of Independence.
We managed to stay with the group for 30 minutes until Room 8, when a tedious hologram dropped the English, and we decided to leave. As we were escorted out, we noticed a group of 2 in one of the later rooms, not having to endure the claustrophobic jostling in some of the small dark rooms, so the shorter people could see.
Much of the museum’s dialogue lingered and may be of limited interest to a foreigner but we felt our visit helped to understand one of their top military figures in their quest for independence. Its best to allow an hour for a complete visit.

6. Immaculada Madre del Divino Corazon Eucaristico de Jesus

Salta, Argentina
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 185 reviews

Immaculada Madre del Divino Corazon Eucaristico de Jesus

Reviewed By Florencia G - Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina

The landscape is awesome. Only the place gives you peace to your mind. Whether you are a believer or not, you'll find yourself praying and focusing on your feelings, your needs and on what you are thankful for. .
It is not advisable to go up in november-december. It is too hot and if it is sunny you need to know that you might have to wait under the sun to get into the chapel and to see Maria Livia. So take an umbrella, sun protection and a cap.

7. Cathedral of Salta

Salta, Argentina +54 387 431-8206
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Cathedral of Salta

This Cathedral houses 16th-century statues of the Virgin Mary and the Cristo del Milagro, which were washed ashore when the Spanish ship transporting them sank.

Reviewed By Gabriel H - Bellaire, Texas, United States

The Cathedral of Salta is located on the main square, next to the bishop's palace and surrounded by other governmental buildings. it is a beautiful baroque, colonial building, with a bright yellow and pink facade and symmetrical twin bell towers. The most impressive part is the richly decorated interior, especially the ornate altar, with losts of gold, exquisite stucco work, nicely painted walls and ceilings and a number of elaborate side altars

8. MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta

Calle Gral Mitre 77, Salta A4400EHA, Argentina +54 387 437-0499
Excellent
68%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta

Reviewed By peterlondon91 - London, United Kingdom

The museum contains two Incan mummies, one excellently preserved and the other damaged before it came to the museum. There are also the artifacts found with the mummies and explanations of the rituals.
Descriptions are in Spanish with many translated in to English.
Entry price is AR Peso 130 for foreigners.

9. Iglesia San Francisco

Cordoba & Caseros, Salta, Argentina +54 387 431-0830
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Iglesia San Francisco

This towering church with striking white pillars is one of Salta’s most famous landmarks, often pictured on the city's postcards.

Reviewed By Gabriel H - Bellaire, Texas, United States

This exquisite 18th century church rises at the site of two earlier churches destroyed by natural disasters. You can detect the influence of similar architectural styles seen at the cathedrals of Salamanca and Zamora (in Spain). The characteristic shades of ivory and terracotta make this church highly recognizable and visible from many part of town. The church has a single nave and has the typical design iof a Latin Cross. The bell tower standing immediately next to the church was completed in 1877. The entire complex was designated as a protected historical monument in 1941. There are important works of art within the church, including a sculpture of Our Lady of the Snow, another representing St. Peter of Alcantara and a pinting of St. Francis oc Assissi, attributed to Zurbaran. Associated to the church are valuable archive, as small museum and library

10. Museo Pajcha Arte Etnico

Calle 20 de Febrero 831, Salta A4400EMQ, Argentina +54 387 422-9417
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Museo Pajcha Arte Etnico

Reviewed By Barbara I - New York City, New York

This small museum contains interesting and beautiful treasures of the pre-Columbian world and later. There are fabulous textiles,ceramics,paintings and all are presented with great care and intelligence. Our guide, Diego, told us some fascinating facts about the history and the rituals that made our visit even more special. Do take the time to see this museum when you are in Salta. You will be glad that you did.

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