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What to do in a day in Salta, Argentina

In this article, we will walk you through our short journey through Salta, Argentina. This is a city located in the northern part of the country at the base of the Andes mountains.

Getting there

This was the second destination on our G Adventures tour, so we left Buenos Aires early in the morning. We had a flight scheduled at 8:30 AM and we arrived at the airport at 6 AM. 

Everything was a bit strange given that the whole pandemic situation was just starting out in South America.

The flight lasted for about 2 hours and then we took a minivan to the hostel. 


It was extremely hot when we arrived and everybody was really tired. However, we only had the afternoon to see Salta so we went out to see what the city has to offer.

There were lots of people on the streets and we were really impressed by the multi-colored churches. Everything looked so beautiful!

We planned to get something traditional to eat. Then, we wanted to go to the park and to take the cable car up the hill to see the panoramic view of the town. Unfortunately, that was not possible as it started to rain as we stepped out of the restaurant so we had to get back to the hostel. It rained for the rest of the day so our plans were ruined.

The food

We ate at a traditional restaurant famous for the best empanadas in town, Doña Salta.

We tried some baked empanadas and they were indeed delicious. However, Chris was missing a soup-like dish, so he tried the traditional Locro. This soup/stew is made with veal and pork, pumpkin, chickpeas, and beans and it is delicious.

In the evening, our G Adventures tour guide Thami took us to try the best pasta in South America at a La Céfira Restaurant.

The place was great and the amazing thing was that you could choose your own pasta, toppings, and sauce! I tried the four-cheese sorrentinos verdes with a white sauce, bacon, and almonds. Chris went for the panzotti rayados, some type 2 color-raviolis filled with asparagus, bacon, and chestnuts. He chose to complement his pasta with a rose sauce.

Overall, our adventure in Salta was great, but we wish we had more time to enjoy the town. We did have one of the most amazing culinary experiences so far.

Planning to see Argentina? Find out more about things to do in Buenos Aires.

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