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How to Spend 3 Days in Salta

How to Spend 3 Days in Salta

Salta is both a province in northwest Argentina and the largest city in that region, and on a 3-day trip, you’ll have time to get to know them both. Explore the city’s colonial architecture and bustling markets, then traveling into the countryside to sip wine and go trekking in the mountains. Here’s what to do with 3 days in Salta. 

Day 1: Explore the City

On your first day, dive into Salta City and explore its culture and history. Start with a bus tour with a comprehensive itinerary that includes sights like Plaza 9 de Julio, the San Francisco Church and Convent, and bustling crafts markets. Later in the day, learn about Salta’s architecture on a walking tour that gives you insight into the area’s colonial architecture and takes you to other top landmarks, including the Cathedral of Salta, Casa de Uriburu, and the San Bernardo Convent. Afterward, if you want to learn more about the region’s history, head to the Historical Museum of the North, one of Argentina’s most important museums.

Finish the day with an evening of traditional music at apeña, or folk music club. Have a drink and a bite while you enjoy the music, and, if you like, you can learn a few steps of a traditional Argentine dance.

Day 2: All About Wine

Take a day trip to the Cafayate wine region to learn about the wines produced in the northwestern region of Argentina. Spend the day exploring the Calchaqui Valley with stops at wineries to learn about local winemaking techniques. Taste the region’s famous torrontés, meet the people behind the vineyards, and compare wines from several different wineries. Small-group tours and private tours (which can be tailored to your interests) both depart from Salta City. Traditional Argentine barbecue is a classic accompaniment to the region’s red wines. At the end of the day, relax with a barbecue feast while sampling a range of wines from Cafayate. 

Day 3: The Great Outdoors

On your last day, take an adventurous day trip into the countryside. Salta is known for its natural beauty, and highlights include the salt flats at Salinas Grandes, the Puna de Atacama desert, and Purmamarca, or the seven-colored hill. Full-day tours can take you to the dramatic landscapes of Quebrada de Humahuaca, the giant cacti of Los Cardones National Park, or Bull Lagoon, which is known for its thriving flamingo population. 

If you want to do more than go sightseeing, there are a variety of opportunities to get active in the countryside, including white water river rafting, zip lining, and mountain trekking. You could also opt to explore caves and underground rivers on a trip into the Lerma Valley before heading back to the city to enjoy an evening on Balcarce, a lively, bar-lined street where you toast to your adventures.

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Full-Day Tour Cafayate Calchaqui Valleys with Wine

Full-Day Tour Cafayate Calchaqui Valleys with Wine

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Northwest Argentina is renowned for its extraordinary landscapes and unique Torrontes wine, and this full-day trip from Salta combines both into one tour. Journey through the dramatic Calchaquí Valleys; marvel at colorful rock formations such the Devil’s Throat, the Amphitheater and The Castles in the Quebrada de las Conchas reserve; then indulge in wine tasting at some of Cafayate’s most renowned wineries.
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  • 11 hours
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Full-day Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca from Salta

Full-day Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca from Salta

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Marvel at the diverse landscapes of northwest Argentina on this full-day tour from Salta. Drive along part of the famous Train to the Clouds; visit the mountain towns of Santa Rosa de Tastil and San Antonio de los Cobre; and marvel at natural wonders including the Salinas Grandes salt flats, the Puna de Atacama desert, and the Seven Colored Hill of Purmamarca.
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  • 13 hours
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Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca

Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca

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Discover the unusual landscape of Quebrada de Humahuaca on this full-day excursion from Salta. Travel along an ancient Incan route through multicolored canyons to this gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Stop at small indigenous villages like Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara to view historical adobe churches and ruins. Visit San Salvador de Jujuy, a small city situated among the wooded lowlands, before returning to Salta on Route 9.
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  • 12 hours
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Full-Day Salinas Grandes Tour from Salta

Full-Day Salinas Grandes Tour from Salta

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Experience the ‘Salinas Grandes,’ a magical collection of salt flats in Northwest Argentina, during this 13-hour day trip from Salta. Explore some of the area’s picturesque small towns before reaching this surreal landmark, an area where a landscape of shiny-white salt seems to extend to the horizon. You’ll also stop by the village of Purmamarca on your way back to Salta.
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  • 13 hours
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Full-day Cachi and Los Cardones National Park from Salta

Full-day Cachi and Los Cardones National Park from Salta

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Explore the wild landscapes of northwest Argentina on this full-day Cachi tour from Salta. Journey through the Escoipe Gorge and the Enchanted Valley, drive the winding mountain road of Cuesta del Obispo, and marvel at the giant cacti of the Los Cardones National Park, then admire the colonial architecture and browse the handicrafts market of Cachi.
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  • 11 hours
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Salta City Sightseeing Tour

Salta City Sightseeing Tour

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Uncover the rich history and heritage of Salta, the cultural hub of Argentina’s northwest, on this 3-hour city sightseeing tour. Admire the city’s glorious colonial architecture; visit striking landmarks like the Cathedral of Salta and San Francisco Church; and take in the views from San Bernardo Hill. Immerse yourself in the city’s history as you stand before the Battle of Salta monument and General Güemes statue, then shop for unique souvenirs at Salta’s lively artisan markets.
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  • 3 hours
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Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta

Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta

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Discover the diverse landscapes of northwest Argentina on this full-day Cafayate tour from Salta. Journey through the Valley of Lerma, stop at a tobacco plantation to watch traditional production methods, and admire the dramatic red rock mountains of Quebrada de las Conchas, then enjoy wine tasting in Cafayate Town.
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  • 12 hours
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River Rafting and Zipline Tour from Salta with Argentine Barbecue Lunch

River Rafting and Zipline Tour from Salta with Argentine Barbecue Lunch

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Prepare to get wet and wild on this exhilarating full-day adventure from Salta, combining two adrenaline-fuelled activities. Brave the hair-raising Class II and III rapids of the Juramento River on a fast-paced river rafting excursion and soak up the dramatic scenery as you hurtle through the river canyon. After tucking into a hearty barbecue lunch (included), take to the treetops for a thrilling zip-line tour and soar through the forests, keeping a lookout for native condors and colorful parrots.
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  • 10 hours
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Exclusive day-long private tour of Cafayate vineyards

Exclusive day-long private tour of Cafayate vineyards

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Maximize time in Cafayate with a full-day private vineyard tour from Salta. Get picked up at your hotel and travel through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas canyon. Taste local wines including Malbec, Torrontes, and Tannat at three vineyards in Cafayate. Learn about high-altitude wines and leave the driving to your private guide.
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  • 10 hours
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Salta City Half Day Tour

Salta City Half Day Tour

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See why Salta is nicknamed ‘Salta la Linda (the Beautiful)’ on a half-day sightseeing tour. Explore the best of this city tucked into the foothills of the Andes as you travel comfortably by coach to highlights like the Cabildo, Salta Cathedral, Casa de Uriburu, and San Bernardo Convent. It's a great way for visitors with limited time to cover lots ground in just a half day, while learning the history behind this Argentine provincial capital.
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Salta Historic Folk Walk Including a Traditional Peña

Salta Historic Folk Walk Including a Traditional Peña

Enjoy an evening of traditional music at a peña (folk music club) in Salta. Step back in time to hear the classic songs of northwest Argentina in an intimate setting while enjoying delicious local food and drinks (available for purchase). The three-hour experience provides a window into the heritage of the Salta region and a fun evening out that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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Laguna del Toro and Flamingo-Watching 4WD Tour from Salta

Laguna del Toro and Flamingo-Watching 4WD Tour from Salta

Get access to Laguna del Toro and the village of Santa Rosa de Tastil, both accessible by 4x4 vehicle, during this day trip from Salta. See the rare Andean flamingos in the lagoon and explore the ruins at the village's archaeological site. Boxed lunch and round-trip transportation from Salta hotels are included.
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  • 11 hours
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White-Water Rafting Trip on the Juramento River from Salta

White-Water Rafting Trip on the Juramento River from Salta

Brave the rapids of the Juramento River during this fun-filled 10-hour white-water rafting experience from Salta. Challenge yourself on this scenic waterway’s collection of 10 Class III rapids and five Class II sections, marveling at the river canyon’s ancient walls dating back more than 65 million years. All equipment and an Argentine-style ‘asado’ barbecue lunch are included.
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  • 10 hours
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Underground Rivers and Mountain Trekking Tour from Salta

Underground Rivers and Mountain Trekking Tour from Salta

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Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Salta region on a full-day tour with an experienced guide. Cross the Lerma Valley in a 4WD vehicle and ascend the curvy road known as Obispo Hill, driving along the Tin Tin Straight as you enter Los Cardones National Park. Take a short walk to see the caves near the Calchaquí River, then have a picnic lunch in a stunning location. See the Black Rocks Camp at the Twin Volcanoes and the traditional village of La Poma.
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  • 12 hours
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4 x 4 Safari Tour to Puna, Salt Falts and Purmamarca from Salta

4 x 4 Safari Tour to Puna, Salt Falts and Purmamarca from Salta

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Discover a land of remote desert, snow-white salt plains and remote adobe villages on this full-day Movitrack safari tour from Salta, including breakfast and lunch. Hop aboard an open-roof 4x4 truck for a dramatic road trip around Northwest Argentina and enjoy panoramic views of the Salt Flats, the Seven Color Hill of Purmamarca and the famous Train to the Clouds railway.
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