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.