Salta is known as Salta “la Linda”, something like Salta the beautiful or Salta the cute. It is one of the most beautiful provinces in Argentina. It is located in the north west of Argentina and has a variety of landscapes that will leave you amazed!
I arrived in Salta on a Monday and stayed until Sunday. During these days, I was able to enjoy many of its attractions, among them the Calchaquíes Valleys, the Train to the Clouds, and of course, and visit the Capital of Salta with its colonial style that characterizes it.
MAP: Road Trip Itinerary
What to see in Salta? One-week itinerary
First day. Arrival in Salta
My first day in Salta was pretty quiet. I arrived by bus from San Salvador de Jujuy, it is about two hours away and I took the bus early to arrive at a good time.
The first thing I did was go to the Premier Hotel, which is where I had my accommodation the days I stayed in Salta. Once I checked in I went downtown to get something to eat. I found a nice place to eat in the main square.
I was walking for a while until the sky turned to a nice blackish gray color and it started thundering. That’s when I started my way to the hotel and I remained there until dinnertime. It was good for me, because the next day I had to get up very early.
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Second day. Train Tour to the Clouds (El tren a las Nubes)
Taking the train to the Clouds is a must for everyone who visits Salta. Ideally, you want to book it in advance, as there are only departures on Tuesdays and Saturdays and if you go in high season you run the risk of them selling out of tickets!
In this post, I tell you all about the Train to the Clouds of Salta. For now, I will just tell you that the first section if the tour is by bus with a guide, where you can go down several times to visit different villages and take pictures. Then you take the train, it goes slowly and it is quite an experience and the return is also done by bus. Definitely essential.
As a recommendation, if you are not yet adapted to the height take a few days of adaptation and do not forget your cocoa tea!
Third day. Visit to the city of Salta
On this day I visited the archaeological museum of high mountain (MAAM), a must visit in the city of Salta. When I was walking through the city, I used the cable car and visited a nearby town called San Lorenzo that I loved. In another post I’ll tell you a little more about what to see in Salta.
Fourth day. Departure for Cachi
This day we left early for Cachi and we began to see the different landscapes that left us surprised by this Argentine province.
Before arriving at the Cuesta del Obispo we had already stopped a few times to take photos, we continued towards the Mill Stone and the Tin Tin straight in Los Cardones National Park.
We had lunch at the Sala Payogasta. A restaurant, hotel, and spa with its own artisan wine cellar that is ideal for disconnecting a weekend and turning off your mobile.
When we arrived in Cachi, we checked in and toured the village a bit. We also visited a UFO expert. He’ll tell you everything!!!
Fifth day. From Cachi to Cafayate
After breakfast, we started our journey to Cafayate and here we made a lot of stops again; the landscapes are spectacular. Actually every time we got in the car we made a lot of stops because the landscapes were wonderful and I wanted to immortalize them with my camera.
On this road, we visited the artisans, the “Quebrada de las Flechas,” and we were welcomed to Cafayate with rain. We had planned to visit a community tourism network but we couldn’t because of the rain, so it was left pending for the next time that we go.
We had dinner and stayed at this beautiful Tolombon hotel called Alta Laluna a few miles from Cafayate, with dinner included in its restaurant. Everything was Great!
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Sixth day. From Cafayate to Salta
On our last day on the road through the Calchaquí valleys, we visited the Cafayate Vine and Wine Museum where we learned a little more about the world of the wines that are cultivated at such a high altitude.
We toured Cafayate and its artisan markets. And once on the road we passed the Quebrada de las Conchas, a reddish landscape that will make you make hundreds of stops!!!
The highlights are the Devil’s Throat, the Amphitheatre, and the Three Crosses.
Seventh day. Departure to Buenos Aires
This day was just to prepare our luggage and to go back to to the airport.
It was a great few days touring the province of Salta. I’ve missed a lot of things to see, so I will have to go back in the future!
I want to thank Magui and Juan de Turismo de Salta for making this trip unforgettable!
This was my itinerary in Salta, I hope it will help you organize your trip to the Argentine northwest and enjoy its landscapes, people, gastronomy and wines!
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