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Salta, City, Argentina

Salta is the most popular tourist destination in northwestern Argentina. It is one of the main colonial cities in the country, with a peaceful atmosphere and folklore that are reflected on each of its streets.

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Typical food

Dishes you can't miss

Empanadas salteñas,Salta, City, Argentina

Empanadas salteñas Baked or fried patties stuffed with a mixture based on rear cuts of beef or veal.

Frangollo,Salta, City, Argentina

Frangollo Typical dish very similar to locro but based on ground corn.

Humitas,Salta, City, Argentina

Humitas Tradicional dish based on corn and stuffed with onion, tomato, garlic, and pepper.

Malbec wine,Salta, City, Argentina

Malbec wine Exquisite red wine characterized by its intense color and fruity flavor with a soft and fresh texture.

Typical food of Salta, City, Argentina

The cuisine of this destination is an exquisite mixture of traditions that blend perfectly with the European cultures that have influenced it considerably resulting in a great variety of dishes.
The most typical dishes of Salta include "empanadas saltenas", patties stuffed with a mixture which is called "recado", consisting of rear cuts of beef, onions, "grasa Pella" (lard), potatoes, paprika, cumin, and ground pepper. Other delicious dishes of the city are the traditional "asados", pizzas, and pastas. We can also mention the delicious "humitas", a typical meal which is prepared with corn that is very similar to a tamale, but stuffed with a mixture of onion, tomato, garlic, chili pepper, and other spices, which are wrapped in corn husks and boiled; Tamales stuffed with meat, wrapped in corn husks and boiled; and "locro", prepared with white corn or wheat with beans, chorizo, and chunks of beef and pork; very characteristic of the area. Other dishes that stand out among the exquisite gastronomy of Salta are "Frangollo", similar to locro, but with crushed corn; "anchi", consisting of a sweet soup based on corn flour and served with orange or lemon peel; "poolo al barro", and "guatia", which is a delicious roast of various cuts of meat wrapped in leather and cooked in a hole on the ground. "Cazuela saltena" is a delicious chicken stew with onion and spices, served with potatoes, rice, and raw eggs.

Among the typical beverages of Salta are "Aguapi", which is the fermented residue of grape juice mixed with water, its flavor is less intense than wine; "chicha" is prepared with fermented corn; the traditional "mate" infusions that a rather bitter and some people prefer them sweetened with sugar. Wines, especially Malbec, cannot miss on the tables of Salta. Another option is the traditional "fernet," prepared from various types of herbs including myrrh, chamomile, and saffron, served with soft drinks.

To sweeten your palate and continue enjoying the delights that the city offers, cayote and fig candies are excellent options as well as the fruits of the area, including the apricot of Damascus, quince, peach, raisins, etc.; the "Chancaca" and honey and milk tablets. Also delicious and traditional "Alfajores" and milk caramel are excellent dessert representative of the area.

In Salta you can find a variety of restaurants ranging from traditional and regional to the most specialized and internationally renowned establishments. If you wish to enjoy exquisite typical food, you cannot miss Restauante Doña Salta, which will delight your palate with exquisite regional dishes. As well as El Patriarca, that offers delicious grilled dishes based on seafood and pasta.

Weather

Useful Tips

  • In Salta, night temperatures drop considerably throughout the year. We recommend bringing warm clothing regardless of the month in which you are travelling.
  • -The city has a very interesting and beautiful historic downtown. It is important to wear comfortable shoes for long walks.

The weather in Salta, City, Argentina

The city of Salta, located 1,187 meters (3,894 ft) above the sea level, has a temperate subtropical climate, thus quite pleasant. The city has four very distinct seasons, with rainy summers and very dry winters. The annual average temperature is 17 °C (63 °F).

What to bring by season

Summer (December to February): summers in Salta are warm with frequent thunderstorms. The average high temperatures can reach 28 °C (82 °F), while the nights record 15 to 16 ºC (59 to 61 °F). You should bring comfortable clothes and shoes, as well as a cap or a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and your swimsuit. Remember to bring a light sweater to wear at night, as well as an umbrella or a rain jacket. Fall (March to May): falls are dry, with pleasant days and blue skies. The average high temperatures reach 21 °C (70 °F), with lows of 7 °C (45 °F). You should bring comfortable, light, and warm clothes. It is a good idea to dress in layers, to adapt better to the climate. Winter (June to August): winters in Salta are extremely dry. June and July are the coldest months of the year, with warm days that reach average high temperature between 19 and 22 °C (66 and 72 °F), and cold nights that drop to 3 ºC (37 °F). Snowfalls are rare but can occur, while frosts are quite common. In extremely cold nights, temperatures can drop to -7 ºC (19 °F). You should bring comfortable clothes to wear during the warmest hours of the day and winter clothes for the rest of the day and night. Spring (September to November): spring brings a sunny climate with warm days and cool nights. By late November, the average high temperature reach 27 °C (81 °F), with lows of 14 ºC (57 °F). The first storms bring life and color back to the landscape. You should bring comfortable light and warm clothes. Dressing in layers will help to adapt better to the climate.

Overview

About Salta, City, Argentina

A walk in Salta should include a visit to Plaza 9 de Julio, the site chosen by the Spanish Hernando de Lerma to found the city in 1582. The streets that surround this square are characterized by their arcades. Catedral Basílica is located on one of the sides, featuring a gold-encrusted altar. Museo Histórico del Norte is also on this square. Iglesia San Francisco is eastward on the street of Caseros and it is characterized by its terracotta walls and high tower. Then is Convento San Bernardo, whose magnificent carob portal was carved by aborigines in 1762. Another architectural gem is Mercado Artesanal, which offers handicrafts from different regions of the province.

The view of Salta from the top of Cerro San Bernardo, either at night or during daytime, is also a show worth watching. Tren a las Nubes is a tourist train that runs along the area of Puna, a semi-desert plateau with contrasts as it climbs the slopes of the Andes. The train leaves Estación Central in Salta and is considered one of the highest tracks in the world.

Folk music is one of the main attributes of Salta. This area is considered the birthplace of the Northern Argentine folklore, and it has a large tour of popular artists (Nocheros, Chalchaleros). Within the tour of Salteño folk "peñas" and pubs you can listen to various bands and see the "Salteños" dancing zamba (a traditional dance). Some "peñas salteñas" include Boliche Balderrama, La Casona del Molino, and La Vieja Estación.

***The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS).