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The best places to visit in Salta, Argentina

Salta, a small town located in a valley of reddish rocks in northwestern Argentina, has a preserved colonial past and impressive landscapes, with the Andes in the background. In the region’s villages, you can find wineries, cacti, and a train that reaches the “clouds.” Check out the best itineraries there

Cachi

This village combines colonial-style structures and imposing nature. Los Cardones National Park, filled with giant cacti, and dozens of archaeological sites that are over 2,000 years old are the highlights there.

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Iruya

Located almost 10,000 feet [3,000 m] above sea level, this village is a hangout for mountain trekkers. The spectacular valley unveils steep streets, adobe houses, and the Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario y San Roque.
 

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Tren a las Nubes

Reaching an altitude of 13,800 feet [4,200 m], this train really seems to travel to the clouds, due to the fog under such viaducts as La Polvorilla. Crossing amazing landscapes in the Andes, the train leaves from the station in Salta in the morning and arrives in San Antonio de los Cobres in the late afternoon.

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Cafayate

The country’s second wine producing hub is famous for its white Torrontés. Even though the village has become a popular travel destination due to its amazing surroundings, with grapevines at the foot of mountains, it hasn’t lost its peaceful atmosphere.
 

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Purmamarca

Located in the province of Jujuy, 112 miles [180 km] from Salta, this indigenous village is home to one of the greatest attractions to northern Argentina: Cerro de los Siete Colores, a multicolored hill.

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Map: João Lauro Fonte