Salta is situated in the Lerma valley and is at the foothills of the Andes Mountains. It has become a tourist destination for its old colonial architecture and the natural scenery of the valley. Salta is a place which has a true Hispanic style with single story houses, narrow streets and it is framed by the surrounding mountains. This is a place where you will find historic houses such as the St Bernard convent, the oldest religious building in Salta, with its front-door made of Carob tree and carved by native people. It is a treasure of art from this province.
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|Day 1||Arrive in Salta|
|Day 2||Sightseeing Salta – Half Day City tour|
|Day 3||Sightseeing Humahuaca (Tour departing from Salta)|
|Day 4||Depart Salta|
Day 1: Arrive Salta
Upon your arrival into Salta you will be met and transferred to your nearby hotel. As Salta is located in the Lerma valley in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, as soon as you are out of your hotel and walk around the colonial streets you will get a greater understanding on the Hispanic style architecture with the Andes Mountains in the background. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the shops, the Plaza Mayor or just watching life from one of the cafés and relax!
Day 2: Sightseeing Salta – Half day City Tour
Today is a half day tour of Salta. Salta gets her name from the Aymara word “sagta”, meaning very beautiful, and is known today as “la linda” (the beautiful one). Located in a very fertile valley “Lerma”, this city has optimally preserved its patrimony of colonial architecture, such as San Bernardo Convent, San Francisco Church, and the Cabildo (city hall) with its graceful row of arches.
Day 3: Sightseeing Humahuaca (tour departing from Salta)
The most picturesque part of the Valley, between Tumbaya and Humahuaca, is some 80 km long. Next to the Tumbaya village is Purmamarca. Here, the multi-coloured sediments from the Mesozoic have been folded and eroded into strange shapes on the Mountain of Seven Colours, and together with the brilliant green vegetation and simple adobe constructions, make Purmamarca one of the loveliest places in the Northwest. Near the church there is a Carob tree over five centuries old.
The road continues and behind the village of Maimará, on the eastern side of the Valley, the Painter’s palette, will catch your eye.
Tilcara attracts for its famous Pucará, which is not precisely a fortress but an Omoguacan village probably built in the 10th century at the top of a mountain southwards of present-day Tilcara. It was rebuilt in the 60’s. There is a garden of cacti, the most common specie in the Northwest.
In Huacalera, the local church is on the outskirts of the village, a few paces away from the Tropic of Capricorn. In Uquía, once inhabited by the Uquía Indians, there is a chapel built in 1691; the wooden altarpiece is the most ancient in the region and Humahuaca. Its streets have irresistible charm: they are cobbled, lit by old-fashioned street lamps, and lined with reddish adobe walls. The village is known for it’s Carnival and has a museum of the Carnaval Norteño (Northern Carnival), and an archaeological museum.
Day 4: Depart Salta
Your Salta adventure concludes today.
- Arrival and departure transfers to/from airport and hotel
- 3 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel based on a twin shared room
- All tours as mentioned in itinerary
- International and internal flights
- Visa fees
- Meals and drinks
- Tips to the drivers, guides & porters
- Items of personal nature
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