Located at a height of over 1,100 m (3,600) ft) above sea level, the city of Salta sits high among the beautiful rivers and Andean vistas of Argentina's northwestern provinces. By all accounts it's a 21st century work in progress - a rare and charming combination of natural splendor, colonial heritage and contemporary culture that is just starting to break out onto the Argentinean tourism scene (still Starbucks-free, though). This means that visitors here get to experience the best of all worlds: traditional, modern and adventurous. And no one's complaining about that.
Salta's history dates back to the late 16th century, founded as a sort of halfway point between Lima and Buenos Aires. Happily, its Spanish architectural influence is one which the good people of Salta have seen fit to preserve beautifully in structures like the Iglesia San Francisco and the Catedral Basilica, making for a great city tour alongside Andean museums like the MAAM. Or you could always just opt for the mandatory afternoon basking in the beauty of Plaza 9 de Julio to satisfy your cultural cravings.
But what about adventure? What about Argentina's legendary late-night reputation? Where's the excitement? Have no fear traveler - all are alive and well here. With yearly temps that range from hot and damp to warm and dry, you won't find much in the way of snow; hiking and biking, on the other hand, are yours for the taking. Why not start close to home, ascending scenic San Bernardo Hill before hitting up more expansive and diverse landscapes like Los Cardones and the spectacular Tolar Grande? Then it's time to kick back on Balcarce Steet for some live music, good food and crazy stories of a small Argentinean city with lots to get lost in.