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“Must visit spot in the North of Argentina” 5 of 5 stars
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“Must visit spot in the North of Argentina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2010

For a laid back stopover we have visited Salta twice in the past five years, it is probably our favourite place to kick back and unwind. The people are friendly. the architecture is varied and awesome, the pace of life is very relaxed and the culture is all encompassing. Lots to see and do if you like and some great bars and restaurants to unwind in. Natural beauty abounds with arid landscapes to the North with the occasional inhabited oasis along the way. Perhaps a trip up the cable car to the botanical gardens and some fabulous views or a real adventure on the Train to the Clouds, South through the agricultural areas and then high into the mountains beyond the treeline and the realm of the giant cardones to a place in the sky where the condors soar? In the evening a meal at The Casona del Molino and some local wine and authentic local music to top off another wonderful day. Don't miss it, I promise you'll enjoy.

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Brasil
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“A PLACE TO BE DISCOVERED”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

What a nice surprise, Salta is the beginning of a trip to the magics of the mountains... The city is beautiful, very well kept. The hotels and the restaurants are prepared to receive tourists. From Salta you can enjoy trips to the wineries in Cafayate, beautiful landscapes in the Cachi Sierra and Purmamarca.

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“Province of Salta- worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

We flew from Buenos Aires to Salta and then drove north to Cafayette. It was a beautiful drive beyond anything we imagined. I highly recommend this. Totally worth the trip!!!

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Somerset England
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“Salta and beyond”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2006

As a couple of late sixty year olds we would like to recommend the north west of Argentina as an area to visit. The trip was planned using many of the recommendations from Trip Advisor. The area offers good hotels, a great range of scenery, wonderful Inca and pre Inca history, civilisation without too much civilisation, warm dry weather in December - all at a very reasonable price.
We based our six days on Salta staying at the Hotel del Antiguo Convento(separate report) and drove in one or two day loops returning to Salta after each trip. Our trip and hire car was arranged by Virginia at Marina Turismo in Salta, a company of whom we cannot speak too highly - they did everything to make our trip run smoothly. We hired a VW Gol which although small was man enough to cope with the ripio (unmade up) roads. Our first loop took us over the mountains to Cachi through impressive arid mountainous scenery dotted with giant cactus - the drought was bad last year and there were some roadside dead animals. Cachi and Molinos are interesting Indian villages. We stayed at El Molino in Cachi (see separate report). Next day a long but interesting drive on ripio to Cafayate. Fascinating countryside with mud brick houses and the inhabitants of mainly Indian origin make best use of every drop of water . Interesting geology with huge rock formations of every colour little eroded since they were formed from volcanic activity. Cafayate a pleasant small town centred around a fine square. We stayed at the new Cafayate Wine Resort (see separate report) We ate at El Rancho a popular restaurant overlooking the plaza with good steaks. Next day we drove back to Salta on paved roads. Several interesting geological features on the way including ‘the amphitheatre’ a large natural rock formation where the Andean pipes sound their best.
Our next loop was to the north. The first part of the journey was over the hills to Jujuy- an interesting winding road through mixed rainforest known as yunga. All the deciduous trees were covered with bromeliads but in general the drive was not as jungular as we expected. We made the mistake of visiting the artisan market in San Salvador de Jujuy. A very poor market compared with those we saw in the villages of the Quebrada de Humahuaca and a very difficult and tiresome drive in and out of the city. The road up the Quebrada is very good with more coloured mountains interspersed with wide dried up river beds and verdant green valleys with Indian villages. Our hotel for the night was in the Hotel Posada de Luz in Tilcara(see seperate report). Tilcara is one of the larger villages of the Quebrada complete with a good artisan market, an interesting archaeological museum and a fortified Inca fortress. The Spanish churches and the artisan markets are well worth visiting
We left Salta by bus over the Andes to San Pedro de Atacama (see separate report)

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“Best chicken ever!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2004

I really enjoyed my time in Salta, my accomodation was average but the service was excellent. The Hotel Regidor was a great price and its location is so central, it is situated right on the main square, and the room I had looked directly over the square the views of daytime and nighttime were amazing. To eat you cannot go past Dona Salta, it is delicious, the best chicken I have ever eaten it was so tender and juicy it melted in my mouth. Prices at this restaurant were reasonable and the waitstaff are dressed in traditional clothing. The view from the top of the skyway is wonderful, great place for some photos, and you can also pick up a few bargains from the locals who are selling their wares to tourists. I would really recommend spending a few days here to have good look around. Don't miss the chicken!!!!

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