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San Isidro is one of the favorite destinations in the province of Salta. For those who enjoy adventure tourism, entering this charming little town becomes a fascinating experience. Although it is difficult to access, the small village has been hidden between hills and mountains in Salteña . It has only 350 inhabitants and is about 8 kilometres from the city of Iruya. Entering this place offers a tour full of natural beauty and imposing landscapes only suitable for nature lovers.
The journey can be done with guides and there are even those who offer the transfer by van or horse, but it can also be done on foot. Departing from Iruya you have to go down from the village to the river bed and then walk towards the crossroads of the other. While doing this part of the tour you will be able to contemplate the incredible mountains so characteristic of the north of the country . Although it sounds risky the road is done daily by several people so it is considered safe.
It is important to note that the passage through the river involves getting wet, getting dirty, so those who wish to do so should know that this is an adventure in full contact with nature. The crossing is about 8 kilometers so it is recommended not to be very loaded as it is a step full of stones. In addition, it should be noted that there are many hours of walking. In the morning and evening the heat can be overwhelming and in the evenings temperatures drop considerably. That is why it is essential to stock up with water, sun protection and a coat for when the sun goes down.
This beautiful site has six interesting destinations to explore; La Laguna, La Palmera, La Cueva, Pumayoc, Trihuasi. Here visitors are often amazed by the beautiful contrasts that arise between the dry colors of the mountains and a flowering path. The village can be seen on the hill and you can only reach it by climbing a rock staircase. When you finally arrive you will see a feeling of peace and tranquility unparalleled, time stops for a moment between the tiredness of the walk and the harmony of that magical air transmitted by northwest Argentina.
Once in San Isidro you can choose some places to sleep and rest. In addition to having a varied gastronomic offer to enjoy some regional dish including some food with quinoa, tamales, salteñas empanaditas or charqui.
The best time to visit this town is when there is no precipitation as it prevents the river from crossing, although the villagers are so friendly that they will always look for ways to make things easier or help tourists. In May and December the river drags everything it finds in its path so you can't travel.
This destination is one of the most demanded by backpackers as it is a not very expensive place. But this does not diminish her beauty, on the contrary, the landscapes are imposing and meet the most ambitious expectations. In addition, you can see the culture of the indigenous peoples by visiting their churches, touring the streets and enjoying its gastronomy.
Publication Date: 12/01/2021
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