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1 Day in Salta for First Timers

Curated by Jessica Colley ClarkeJessica Colley Clarke is a freelance writer and curious traveler based in New York City. Her stories have appeared in AFAR magazine, BBC Travel, The Daily Beast, and the New York Times, among other publications.

A cultural hub in the northwest of Argentina, Salta is known for its beautiful colonial architecture and artisan crafts markets. Spend 24 hours in this city and see its colonial buildings, learn about Argentine independence, and listen to traditional folk music. Here’s how to spend one day in Salta.


Get an introduction to the architecture and culture of Salta with an informative sightseeing tour. Join a local guide for a walk that includes Salta’s colonial architecture and popular landmarks including the Cathedral of Salta and the San Bernardo Convent. Go shopping at the vibrant artisan markets, and explore beyond the city center with a visit to the village of San Lorenzo. Learn about the city’s past with a visit to the Historical Museum of the North.


Maximize time in Salta with a bus tour that covers ground quickly. Travel by coach to see examples of colonial architecture such as Casa de Uriburu. Skip the hassle of driving and admire views of the city as your guide shares stories about the history and culture of this corner of Argentina. Discover significant landmarks including the 16th-century Plaza 9 de Julio, the convent of San Francisco, and a monument dedicated to General Guemes, an important figure in Argentine independence.


Experience Argentine culture with a night spent listening to traditional music at a peña, or folk music club. Learn about the heritage of Salta while drinking, dining, and enjoying a performance of classic songs, during which musicians play guitars and regional instruments. Brave travelers may want to learn the basic steps of the traditional dance that accompanies the music; your local guide is there to direct you.

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