May 23, 2014|
In this article, read about how to travel consultant Jason took a weekend trip to Salta, Argentina, and the surrounding region of Purmamarca, the Salinas Grandes, and San Martin de Los Cobres. My Argentine buddy recently asked me if I wanted to check out Salta over a long weekend. Since I have been in Argentina, I have always wanted to go because I always hear Argentines raving about the delicious food, the welcoming locals, and the unique music and culture. But mostly people proclaimed that Salta was one of the most aesthetically beautiful places in the world and it was unlike anywhere else in the world. I wasn’t entirely sure whether I should believe what I was hearing. But after my trip to Salta, I can say that nobody was exaggerating.
We started in the city center of Salta, which has very interesting museums and great restaurants. We were there for Easter weekend, so the church in the center of the main plaza was an especially vibrant scene with people congregating for mass. We ate a great meal in a local restaurant, which included some of the local empanadas. This first night was great, but the next morning was when the adventure really began. We started north on the trail toward Salta’s countryside. I have never seen anything quite like it, and I’m not sure words do the landscape justice. We found ourselves weaving through a seemingly never-ending valley surrounded by giant hills, but not quite mountains. Every turn through the valley you would find yourself gazing upon a different combination of colors and textures, all with cactuses scattered across the giant hills like freckles. We arrived in the Salinas (salt flats) in the middle of the day, and that was incredible in its own right. Everywhere you look, there is a white coat of salt on the ground. We took some time here to take some photos because (as you can see below) the Salinas provide some very unique photo opportunities. The highlight of the trip was our time spent in Purmamarca. The “Hill of Seven Colors” is really quite amazing and its name speaks for itself. The great part of Purmamarca, however, is the town. It is a tiny town surrounded by the giant hills, with narrow streets and locals selling everything from fabrics to clay dishes to little salt llama and cactus souvenirs. The colors in the market are as vibrant as the colors of the mountains. We went to dinner at a Peña, which is a meal that includes a live performance with traditional music. I had an amazing locro dish (a type of corn soup), while we listened to the music. I even got selected to dance the traditional folklore dance (probably because I was the only American there). All in all, I would recommend anyone to visit Salta. It was one of the best trips I have ever been on, and thankfully I bought a lot of great souvenirs to remember that incredible long weekend!
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