Before setting off to Salta there are 2 things you’ve surely already done: look at pictures and check the weather forecast. Salta has a subtropical highland climate which is commonly found at high altitudes near tropical climates. The city of Salta is located 1,152 meters (3780 feet) above sea level, in the Lerma Valley. The temperatures are generally pleasant, especially in the Argentine summer. Knowing this you’ll have an idea of what to wear in Salta, but the following information might help you avoid making small mistakes.
The average high temperature in summer months is around 30º C (85º F) and in winter months around 20º C (65º F). Salta brings you hot and wet summers, and cool and dry winters. It is important to note that the daily high and low temperatures are usually quite far apart (on average 12º C or 22º F difference). So what does that means for travelers? Make sure you bring a jacket, and possibly an umbrella, too. However, rain usually occurs at night, which means that the weather normally does allow you to enjoy the city in the day.
Since Salta stays relatively close to the equator, the sun is rather intense. This is because the sun can be almost directly overhead. For this reason sunscreen is something you will definitely need in Salta. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to wear some kind of hat to protect you from the sun. And while you’re at it, go ahead and bring some after sun, just in case.
When choosing which clothes you will and will not bring it is important to think about what you want to do. Walking up the San Bernard hill can be quite tough on your feet, legs and water reserves. Make sure to pack good shoes if you plan on hiking up the hill, and don’t forget to get some water on the way. When going rafting you might want to bring some swimming shorts, and for going out at night something a bit more fancy. (Though apparently a football jersey is a perfectly fine alternative).
For your trip to Salta you’ll definitely want to bring some good shoes, something to guard you from the rain, and something warm for the cool evenings. When you have this covered you’ll just have to make sure to bring enough shorts and shirts to get you through the days. Lastly, make sure to bring clothes for the activities you plan on taking part in, and you’re all set to go! Enjoy Salta!
Written by Marcel Hulleman