Salta

Salta is the capital of the Salta province in Argentina.

Al fresco dining in the Plaza 9 de Julio

Weather

Salta enjoys 4 distinct seasons and is known for having very pleasant weather. Summers are warm with frequent thunderstorms and cloudy weather. Daytime highs are around 26 to 28°C (79 to 82°F) with mild, pleasant nights at around 15 or 16°C (59 or 61°F). Fall brings pleasant weather during the day with cool nights. In winter, conditions are dry with mild days followed by cold nights. Frosts are common although snowfall is rare.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 27.4 26.1 24.8 22.6 21.0 19.1 20.2 22.3 23.5 26.4 27.4 27.8
Nightly lows (°C) 16.1 15.6 14.7 11.6 7.7 3.8 2.9 4.5 7.4 11.3 13.9 15.5
Precipitation (mm) 182.0 162.9 118.3 36.6 8.6 2.6 3.5 4.2 6.6 26.1 65.3 138.0
Sunshine (hrs/day) 5.3 4.8 3.4 3.9 4.4 4.0 5.6 6.3 5.4 5.9 5.7 5.3

Sources: NOAA and UNLP (June sun only). See weather forecast at Servicio Meteorológico Nacional


Get in

By air

By bus

There are connections to all major cities in Argentina. The bus station is just one block from Parque San Martín, or 8 blocks from the main plaza. A taxi to the main tourist office in Calle Buenos Aires will cost ARS10-12. Agree on the price before leaving the bus terminal and get the meter docket from the driver.

Get around

Taxi: fares around town cost ARS5. Remis are not cheaper.

Buses cost ARS1.

Plaza 9 de Julio
Telecabines to Cerro San Bernardo
Train to the clouds

See

In front of old town hall
San Francisco Church
Velarde Museum

Do

• Horse Riding: It can last from a couple of hours to several days. There are several options which include snacks, accommodation in country houses or camps, and typical foods. This service was created to show you the real “Gaucho” life.

• Cycling: Bicycle rides around the city or through a mountain track, perfectly designed for adventurers.

• Motorcycling: Motorcycle rides with several option according to each particular need, always in the company of a qualified guide for each ride. It is an international high-quality product that brings together two passions: motorcycling and sightseeing.

• Trekking: There are several options: short strolls around our bordering mountains or several days in the region, with different degrees of difficulty.

• Mountain climbing: The region offers a great variety of mountains and volcanoes with elevations between 3,500 and 6,740 m). Require previous experience, equipment, and logistics.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Nightlife is centred on the north end of Balcarce St, in the train station zone.

The local beer "Salta" is comparable in quality to other Argentine beers and is similarly priced. A 1 L bottle at a restaurant on Plaza 9 de Julio will set you back ARS13-15 and you will get a small serving of chips and or peanuts.

A bottle of local whisky at a supermarket will cost about ARS25 and is equal to reasonable Scotch whisky. All Scotch whisky is cheap at the supermercado.

Sleep

Mid-range

Cope

Go next

Salta is the base for many great trips throughout the province. There are plenty tour agencies offering excursions in the region. (REMEMBER: Taxi drivers or nice people from your hotel ARE NOT legally authorized and qualified for the performing of such activities). Especially good are the 4WD trips to the beautiful Valles Calchaquíes, as well as rafting trips to the Río Juramento.

San Lorenzo This is a charming town approx 20 minutes outside Salta. It has lots of accommodation, restaurants and its own attractions. Well worth a look if you only have a day, or even better, stay there and enjoy the wonderful hospitality only a small town can offer. Bus 7E to San Lorenzo costs ARS1.25.

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