SALTA AND NORTH ARGENTINA

Colonial charm, peaceful vineyards and multi-coloured lunar landscapes can be found in northern Argentina

The colonial city of Salta sits in the middle of the sun baked desert landscape of Northern Argentina. The beautiful central plaza, which has an undeniable European feel to it, offers fine dining on the many terraces with views of the pretty pink church. The stunning colonial architecture makes this one of Argentina’s most photogenic cities, and any photographer will appreciate the views from the top of the nearby San Bernardo Hill which is accessible by car, cable car or stairs. The city of Salta is a friendly place, with many events throughout the year and it is often host to a variety of festivals, art exhibitions, music events and cultural shows. As you leave the city, the scenery changes dramatically to multi-hued rock formations, tall cacti and ancient canyons that are reminiscent of the Wild West. In this extensive region, vineyards can be found grouped around small towns and 5-star estancias, and visitors can enjoy idyllic cycling trips between each winery tasting samples of the fine wines plus cheeses, cured meats and fresh bread. Venture further north towards the Chilean border, and the higher altitudes create salt flats and a unique habitat known as the ‘Puna’. This area, which on average sits at 4,500 metres above sea level, is a fascinating geological place, with lakes which attract large flocks of flamingos and extinct volcanoes dotted along the horizon.

WHERE TO STAY

Our favourite luxury hotels

Estancia el Bordo de Las Lanzas Salta Argentina

Estancia El Bordo de Las Lanzas

Estancia El Bordo de Las Lanzas is a beautiful estancia in the province of Salta. One of the oldest estancias in the country, it is believed to date back to 1609 and this tradition permeates the whole ethos of the hotel.

house of jasmines

House of Jasmines

At the foot of the Andes, the Fenestraz family have managed to create a unique and romantic atmosphere that combines tradition and modern comfort in a supremely stylish manner.

Legado Mitico Salta

Legado Mitico

The Legado Mitico is a charming boutique in the historic district of Salta, close to main sights such as the baroque cathedral. The building is an old mansion house and it is this style which is the essence of the hotel.

Grace Cafayate Boutique Hotel

Grace Cafayate

The Grace Hotel Cafayate is a luxury, boutique hotel in the stunning Calchaquí Valley just south of Salta. With its own wine estate, estancia, golf and polo club and surrounded by the plains and mountains of this spectacular valley, this is a very special hotel.

La Merced del Alto Salta

La Merced del Alto

At the foot of the Nevado de Cachi, in the stunning Calchaquí Valley, lies La Merced del Alto. An elegant hotel with stunning views, this is a perfect base for relaxing or exploring the local area, just south of Salta.

finca valentina

Finca Valentina

Finca Valentina is a real gem of a boutique hotel situated at the foot of the Andes just outside Salta in Northwest Argentina, less than two hours flight from Buenos Aires. A charming, refurbished country house, it maintains the local traditional architecture externally, but with the layout, light and comfort of modern living.