Nicknamed “the beautiful”, Salta is a dynamic Argentinian province rich with fertile valleys, stunning mountains, and breathtaking salt flats. Nestled in the northwest region of Argentina, Salta is home to great sights, activities, and flavors. Currently a popular destination for national tourism, the remote region is gaining popularity internationally.
The region serves as a cultural and ecological connection to the western countries of South America, in particular the arid highlands of Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. Known for its unique wine region, far more rugged and arid than the more well-heeled Mendoza nearby, Salta is emerging as a “deep travel” destination for those looking for ultimate authenticity.
Located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Salta City is known for its old colonial architecture, fantastic climate, and natural scenery. Visit the historical Cathedral of Salta, the famous Train to the Clouds, or the exciting April Culture Festival. The discovery of the Children of Llullaillaco, said to be the most well-preserved Inca mummies on record, put Salta on the archeological map.
The small towns outside of Salta City are home to craftsmen and artisans who have practiced uninterrupted traditional techniques since colonial times. The distinctive gaucho clothing that originated here, handmade furniture, and guitars are still manufactured in these charming and rustic towns throughout the region.
Humahuaca Gorge earned UNESCO heritage status for it’s stratified cliffs, boasting a rainbow of mineral deposits. Nature rewards those who venture out to this remote canyon. Ker and Downey’s drivers will make the ride as comfortable as possible in the necessary 4-wheel drive vehicles, while the knowledgeable guides help the time fly by as the landscape unfurls before you.
Salta also boasts great winelands near the historical town of Cafayate. An attraction in and of itself, this laid back town showcases old colonial sites and many wine cellars open to the public. Most famous for its torrontes wine, Cafayate benefits from the low humidity and mild weather of the valleys to produce a premium crop for the crisp, white wine. Take a drive through the impressive the Rio las Conchas valley for unforgettable views in the undulating hills.