Salta is the capital of Salta, Northern Argentina Province. It enjoys pleasant year-round weather with temperatures between 26°C to 28°C (78.8 - 82.4°F) during the day. Salta is a place you should not miss out on during your trip to Argentina. With breathtaking vistas as well as unique tradition and culture, how can one resist? Here are the top 10 tours to help you explore Salta.
If you are feeling adventurous, take a mountain bike tour and traverse Salta’s amazing rugged landscapes. The tour, either half-day or full-day, can be adjusted according to the group’s physical fitness level and your requirements. Make a choice amongst the many trails of ranging difficulty level from easy to more demanding for those who are up for the challenge.
Andes Foothills Mountain Bike Tour from Salta
Duration: 4 to 8 hours
The Salinas Grandes or salt flats are definitely a must-do for visitors to Salta as they are one of the most amazing natural wonders of Argentina. As one of the most complete tours in the region, you will enjoy landscapes like the Quebrada del Toro that you will discover along the way as the guide will regale you with stories from the places that you will visit. Departing from your hotel, your journey will take you through Campo Quijano and travel alongside the famous Train to the Clouds, “Tren a las Nubes”, where you can admire the bridges, stations, tunnels and viaducts that the train will go through before visiting the museum and Tastil ruins in the town of Santa Rosa de Tastil.
Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca Tour from Salta
Duration: 13 hours
The four-hour walking tour will let you discover Salta’s remarkable monuments like the grand Cathedral of Salta, San Francisco Church and the 16th century San Bernardo Convent, amongst the oldest architecture in Salta. Visit the summer village of San Lorenzo that gets many of its visitors during summer due to its unusual subtropical micro climate. With cable car, ascend the Mount San Bernardo and take a glimpse of Emilio Viñals’s “city of Hispanic lineage enclosed by hills,” as the poet likes to describe.
Salta: Four-hour walking tour
Price: from 25.72 USD
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Get on board this half-day tour where you will experience the city’s charming colonial architecture including the Church of San Francisco and the San Bernardo Convent and visit the Historical Museum of the North at the Salta Cabildo where you can find exhibitions of Argentinian and South American history. Ascend the Cerro San Bernardo for a breath-taking view of the city from the top of the hill. Then, proceed to the summer village of San Lorenzo and pick up some local handicraft souvenirs from the artisan market.
Salta city half-day tour
Price: from 34 USD
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From the city of Salta, you will be taken to the Salta Rafting base along the Route 68 to the town of the Coronel Moldes then on to Cabra Corral before entering the Canyon Rio Juramento. The total journey will be a two-hour drive from the capital of Salta. At the Salta Rafting base, you will only begin rafting after the safety talk at the base. You will then descend down the rapids of the Rio Juramento and 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) later, your rafting adventure will take you to Paraje Los Lapachos. Upon returning to the base at the end of your rapids adventure, feast on a barbecue lunch before trekking to the 4-wire circuit canopy.
Rafting and canopy tour including lunch
Price: from 93.72 USD
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
6. Salta Super Saver: Best of Calchaquí Valley including Cachi and Cafayate Winery day trips (from 121.24 USD)
Explore the main highlights of Salta with a Super Saver that combines two-day trips in the Calchaquí Valley. The scenic drive will take you through the vivid rock formations, gorges, and attractive mountain villages as your guide will give you a history of the environment. You will also be given the opportunity to take photos at several viewpoints.
Salta Super Saver: Best of Calchaquí Valley including Cachi and Cafayate Winery day trips
Price: from 121.24 USD
Duration: 2 days (approx.)
Looking for some adrenaline rush? Then look no more. Try this rafting adventure from Salta. Your journey will begin down the spectacular Juramento River rapids and overcome 10 different class 3 rapids and class 2 rapids along the canyon.
White-Water Rafting Trip on the Juramento River from Salta
Duration: 10 hours
Learn about the marvels of the Valles Calchaquíes and discover the colorful rock formations of the “Devil’s Throat” and “Toad” while on a tour of the wine region of Cafayate from Salta. Visit some of the Torrontes wineries, famous in the region. After having lunch (own expense), the return journey to Salta will lead you through the Quebrada de las Conchas and Lerma Valley.
From Salta: Full-day wine and valley tour to Cafayate
Price: from 53.13 USD
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
Take the time to explore the World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca, savor the beautiful colors of the landscapes and visit the villages of Purmamarca, Tilcara, Uquía and San Salvador de Jujuy. At Tilcara, you will get to see the ancient ruins and archaeological museum. You will then traverse the Tropic of Capricorn where you will take in views of the colors of La Pollera de la Coya.
Quebrada de Humahuaca & Purmamarca day trip
Price: from 84.11 USD
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
Salta was founded in the 16th century by Hernando de Lerma, a Spanish visionary, and it became a successful trading center in its heyday. Take this three-hour sightseeing tour to discover Salta’s rich history and culture. Explore the city’s landmarks like the grand Cathedral of Salta which was built in 1885 and the Historic Museum of the North and San Bernardo Convent and admire its historic colonial architecture.
Salta City Highlights Sightseeing Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Apart from being known for its beautiful landscapes and well-preserved colonial architecture, here is a fun fact for you… Did you know that American actor, film producer, and screenwriter, Matt Damon of Hollywood fame is married to a Salta native? Yes, his wife, Luciana Bozan Barroso was born in 1976 in Salta, Argentina. They met while she was working in a bar in Miami. Anyhow, fun fact aside, the province of Salta looks just like it came out of a painting with some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the whole of the Argentine Republic. So, what are you waiting for? Adventure awaits!
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