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6 Things to do in Salta, Argentina

Although small, there are plenty of things to do in Salta for those passing through. If you need a week’s break in your travel schedule, there’s nowhere prettier nearby — and if you want a week combining cultural sightseeing with outdoors adventure, you’re in luck as well.

1. Teleferico to Cerro San Bernardo

Salta’s teleferico, or cable car, starts and ends each journey in beautiful dd style buildings. At the top, you are welcomed by a lush garden, some catholic statues, and views out over Salta and down the valley.. The spring that starts up here is funneled through a rockery-like series of waterfalls: the sound of rushing water follows you around the summit.

2. Parque San Martin

At the base of the cablecar is Parque San Martin — a large park with plenty of walkways through the grass and small cabinas selling everything from a cold drink to hard-to-find books.

3. Mercado San Martin

This covered market is the ultimate people-watching spot, and a great place to pick up your fresh veges, goats cheese, and meat that comes straight from the butcher. Don’t just rummage around the few trinket shops: get your groceries, grab a beer and a slice of pizza amongst the noisy crush, and watch some Salteños go by. It’s not as glamorous as the cafes around Plaza 9 de Julio, but it’s a lot more fun.

4. Shopping Alto Noa

Salta’s only Shopping (which has become the Spanish word for shopping center or mall), is located at the end of Calle Entre Rios. It’s a place to hide on a rainy day, find ground coffee without pre-mixed sugar, or spend up big on American labels and a smattering of Argentine options.

5. Weekend markets

Markets are held each Saturday and Sunday, with many of the same vendors attending both. Saturday’s are held in Parque Guemes, Sunday’s on Balcarce — near all the nightclubs and restaurants by the train station.

6. Plaza 9 de Julio / Plaza Ninth of July

Nueva de Julio is the heart of Salta, there’s plenty of people around during the day, but it is packed out in the cool of the evening. And that’s a great time to be there during summer — enjoying the buzzing atmosphere and the cool breeze.

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants surrounding the square, with inflated prices to match. Food prices aren’t horrendous, although the most budget of travellers will want to walk back a block or two, but you won’t be gouged for a coffee or quiet beer … which is definitely a pleasant surprise for a prime tourist spot.

Central fountain of 9 de Julio

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