Salta

The city of Salta exudes a colonial spirit that can be seen in its Hispanic architecture and monuments. The surrounding area is renowned for its amazing natural landscapes. Deep gorges, colorful valleys and high plains make hiking, biking and horse riding popular year-round activities. In nearby Cafayate, local wineries produce some delicious varieties, including the sweet and light Torrontes. Also nearby are Jujuy, home to the massive Salinas Grandes (Salt Flats), Humahuaca Gorge and the scenic Train to the Clouds. Local residents are descended from the Aymara people (pre-Incans) and proudly retain much of their traditional culture. Argentine folk music (penas) can be heard at many local restaurants and bars, where you can also taste the famous Saltean empanadas that are renowned to be the best empanadas in South America.