If you are planning on travelling to northwest Argentina, you are bound to spend at least a few days in the city of Salta. Capital of the Salta province and one of the largest cities in the entire region, there are plenty of things to do in Salta. The charming colonial town is filled with history, culture, and surrounded by breathtaking views of northwest Argentina landscape. From authentic restaurants to traditional art museums, you will never run out of things to do in Salta. Here is a quick breakdown of the best things to do in Salta:
Cathedral of Salta
The Cathedral of Salta is located in the main square of the city of Salta, Plaza 9 de Julio. The Cathedral is of grandeur statue and is beautifully restored to its original beauty. First take some pictures from the outside against the setting of the open plaza and then head inside to take in the Baroque architectural style and lovely side garden. If you meander across the plaza at nighttime, you can appreciate the cathedral beautifully lit up in all its glory. Don’t miss this cathedral that was named one of the 7 Most Beautiful Churches in South America!
La Casa del Molino Restaurant
For dinner one night in Salta, you have to plan to eat at La Casa del Molino Restaurant. This is a typical eatery where you will be able to try Salteñan foods like empanadas, tamales, and locro. Order the homemade Sangria while you listen to the live folk music show with instruments and singing. La Casa del Molino has a mix of local and tourist diners, so you will still feel like you are getting an authentic folk experience. If you are looking for a more intimate atmosphere, request to dine in the cozy outdoor courtyard.
MAAM – Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta
Take a trip back in history to the days of the Inca civilization in Salta. If you are a history buff, the MAAM should be at the top of your list of things to do in Salta. Take a guided tour that will explain the origins of civilization in the area, the rule of the Incas, the archaeological sites and artifacts that remain, and then scope the mummies! They have three children mummies perfectly preserved, which is definitely a once in a lifetime experience to get up and close to ancient peoples!
Virgen de Los Tres Cerritos
A great way to see the views of the city of Salta nestled into the surrounding mountains is a short and steep climb to the Virgen de Los Tres Cerritos. At the top of this hike you will come to a chapel, which is said to have been visited by the Virgin Mary. On Saturday, thousands of visitors make the climb to go pray to the statue of Mary and receive spiritual messages. It is a very emotional religious and cultural tradition, which has been occurring every week for over a hundred years. After you make your visit to the chapel, take a long moment to reflect on the view of the town below and the serenity of the wooded hills of the Los Tres Cerritos. If you’re not up for the hike but want to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of Salta, check out the nearby cable car tram system called the Teleferico.
Peña Boliche Balderrama
Visiting a peña dance hall is a requisite for things to do in Salta. This is where you will see live folklore music with couples dancing folk dances like the zamba and the chacarera. The Peña Bolicha Baderrama is steeped in history and is perfect for a night out on the town in Salta. Get your quick step on and try to keep up with the rest of the dancers!