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Salta has endless landscapes that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Its geographical richness makes it an ideal place to take a holiday. One of the mandatory stops is undoubtedly its capital. Owner of a unique architectural beauty, intermingling between colonial constructions and imposing hills, guarantees a rewarding experience. In this note we propose five essential places to tour in a day and maximize your visit.
1. First stop the Cable Car and Mirador San Bernardo
No matter how many times you were in the capital, or if it's your first time, Salta always has something new to give. If you love the heights, getting around the cable car and contemplating the city is the ideal option to start the ride. On the contrary, if vertigo is not your thing, there is another road that can be reached by vehicle and avoids the feeling of fear about being meters from the ground.
Once on top, a picturesque viewpoint awaits you. There you can make a pleasant journey -crossing an eco-friendly path-, go through artisans stalls or just have a coffee. The attraction works almost every day and its prices are accessible, although on Sundays and holidays rates suffer a slight increase.
2. Monument to General Martin de Güemes
Knowing the monument is to delve into the history of Salta. This imposing work, built by sculptor Víctor Gariño, is located in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of the city and is accessed by climbing a wide stairs. The equestrian statue symbolizes the recognition of the Saltino people to a patriotic military and political chief, undisputed hero of the province.
3. Dona Salta
Gastronomic tourism is another of the many alternatives of the city. One of the typical meals most sought after by visitors are the salteñas empanadas. “ Doña Salta” is a restaurant that does not go unnoticed, there are served traditional clay baked empanadas accompanied by “ yasgua ”, a kind of spicy sauce prepared from locoto chili and tomato. In addition, the attention is excellent and with a warm atmosphere.
An advantage of the site is the view, which points to the city's beautiful Basilica of St. Francis, a great option for noon.
4. Historic quarter
One way to take advantage of the afternoon is to walk some emblematic constructions such as the Basilica Cathedral , the Convent San Bernardo or the Historic Cabildo , where there is a museum that, for those who have a little more time, is worth visiting.
The Historical Museum of the North is one of the most characteristic of the province. Entrance is free and circuits can be done with a guide or independently. No less interesting is the Museum of Fine Arts, a French-style construction reinaugurated in 2008 where the province's artistic heritage is stored. Considered one of the oldest in the country, it has 11 showrooms and a space for temporary exhibitions.
Plaza 9 de Julio is located in the heart of the city, it is the point from where you can contemplate the main historical buildings. In its center is the monument to General Juan Antonio Álvarez, who was governor of Salta in the 19th century, and is surrounded by cobblestone streets. Not far away are pedestrians for shopping lovers who want to get regional designer items. Finally, depending on the day, you can visit the Paseo de los Poetas , the Fair of Plaza Güemes or the Fair of Plaza Balcarce.
5. Balcarce Street
To close with a golden brooch a walk through the capital of Salta nothing better than Balcarce Street, which is characterized by having a varied gastronomic offer, shows and music. With peñas, live folklore bands or other musical genres it represents one of the most colorful alternatives to the nightlife.
Publication Date: 22/08/2020
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