One of Salta's hidden treasures for climbers, Nevado Queva is the province's highest peak, topping out at 6,140 meters (20,144 ft). Though its height may seem somewhat intimidating to recreational hikers, reaching the summit is actually quite feasible for those acclimated to the region's high altitude. A simple and scenic 2-3 day hike through the mountain's mostly uninhabited surrounding valleys yields some vast and beautiful vistas, as well as several Inca ruins, the contents of which can be viewed in Salta's archeological museum. With little in the way of climbing facilities, you'll have to carry your gear yourself, but it's a small price to pay for such a rewarding and non-touristy experience.
Location:Approx. 160 km (99 miles) west/northwest of Salta City, Salta, Argentina
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