Cable car to the Cerro San Bernardo, Salta

Cable car to the Cerro San Bernardo, Salta

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Motorhoming in Salta

Photo by MacAllenBrothers (Flickr Creative Commons)The Church of Saint Francis Photo by MacAllenBrothers (Flickr Creative Commons)

Salta sits in the north west of Argentina at the foot of the Andes and has the nickname of Salta la Linda or ‘Salta the fair’ because of its colonial architecture, and natural surroundings.  The city has always been important, and dates back to the Inca Empire, for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle  it’s an interesting stop for a few days.

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There are two campsites in Salta, Carlos Xamena and Club San Martin ‘Ala Este’, which is open all year round.  The only other alternative to these campsites is to spend the night along one of the quite back streets on the outskirts of the city, where you shouldn’t be disturbed.

Top things to see and do

One of the reasons that Salta is so popular with tourists is because of El Tren a las Nubes or the Train to the Clouds.  This is not where you’re going to meet your maker, but at 14,000 feet above sea level it’s one of the three highest railway lines in the world.  Be prepared for a very long day, 16 hours o be exact, but you can’t say you don’t get value for money!  The train leaves at 7am from Salta (check the times and day is runs at the station).  Every comfort is taken care of, and that includes a doctor, nurse, and onboard oxygen in case anyone suffers from altitude sickness; there are also back up vehicles which follow the train.  The scenery changes with the altitude and you pass over and through some amazing feats of engineering.  There is a buffet car on the train where you can buy lunch and an evening meal, breakfast and a mid afternoon cake are included in the fare.  Remember to take a few warm layers with you, it may be warm down in Salta, but the higher you go the colder it becomes.

Play a gaucho for the day.  There are lots of ranches to chose from that arrange typical Argentinean horse riding sessions for all abilities.  Travel out from Salta to one of the finca’s, there is even the option of an overnight stay should you wish.  

Visit the city centre for some architectural highlights, especially around the Ninth of July Square.  Here you will see a neoclassical Cathedral, and the old city hall or Cabildo, now the Museum of High Mountain Archeology.  The museum has a display of artifacts from the Inca Empire, which includes three mummified children!

If you like good views take the cable car, or if your feeling fit, the stairs to the top of San Bernado Hill, when you reach the summit you will be rewarded with some excellent views, however you got here.

Salta is a large but very pleasant city to visit on a tour of Argentina in a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle

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