Salta

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El Tren a las Nubes (The Train in the Clouds)

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In indigenous language, Salta means “the very beautiful”, La linda and that is the perfect description.Salta was founded in 1582 as a fortress against Indian attacks and became an important colonial town.General Manuel Belgrano decisively defeated Spanish Royalists here in 1813.

Salta is located some 2000 kms north west of Buenos Aires. It’s colonial architecture and sublime natural surroundings.

It is located at 1,187 meters above sea level, at the bottom of Mounts 20 de Febrero and San Bernardo.

It borders on three Latin American countries: Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Its regions are very diverse : going through the frozen Puna, crossing smooth and cozy valleys arriving to the splendor of the rainforest with its tropical climate.

Salta also has an important historical heritage and a cultural patrimony.

Salta was also an elemental piece in the Argentinean history. From the conquest, being a nexus between the High-Peru and Buenos Aires, going through the gauchos of Güemes and their protagonism during the war of independence.

There are different excursions but the most attractive of them is the Train in the Clouds, it is a train journey that goes through the clouds as it crosses The Andes at 4,220 mts. above the sea level.

It has interesting historical and anthropological museums as well as San Francisco Church, and the Cathedral (The cathedral church altar is made of gold)

 

Salta's Cathedral Altar

Salta’s Cathedral Altar

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Places you should visit:

-Iglesia San Francisco
-Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña
-Cabildo
-Museo El Tribuno Guillermo Pajerrito Velarde
-Pajcha
-Cerro San Bernardo
-Museo de Bellas Artes
-Museo Antropológico
-Catedral
Teatro ProvincialObviously if you visit the city you will taste the worldwide known “empanadas” from Salta.
Population 512,686

Distances from Salta :

Buenos Aires: 1600 km.

Tucumán: 316 km.
Jujuy: 115 km.
Mendoza: 1230 km.
Córdoba: 874 km.
Puerto Iguazú: 1572 km.
Santiago del Estero: 478 km.
San Carlos de Bariloche: 2401 km.
Puerto Madryn: 2327 km.
Ushuaia: 4160 km.
El Calafate: 3939 km.

From Buenos Aires, there are two alternatives for reaching Salta:

Route N° 9: starting from ‘La Panamericana’ .The trip takes approximately 1800 kilometers.

Route N° 34: in this case- Buenos Aires, Rosario, Rafaela, Fernandez, La Banda, Tucumán and finally, Salta. (1.650 kms).

By bus:

There’s a vast number of Bus companies arriving to Salta. Some of most important ones are: “La veloz del norte”, “La Internacional”, “Flecha Bus”, “Andesmar” among others. The trip from Buenos Aires takes approximately 20 hours.

By plane :

Airplane is one of the most common ways to get to Salta. The airport “El Aybal” is located 9 kilometers from the city.