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Salta & The North West Travel Guide


Salta refers both to the colonial city located in the Lerma Valley and the wider province of the same name in the North Western corner of Argentina. A lesser visited area, this remote region is full of blood red gorges, arid desert landscapes, alien rock formations, ethereal salt flats, high altitude vineyards, old mining settlements and wide open roads. The city of Salta itself is a charming colonial town originally founded by Hernando de Lerma, the Spanish conquistador, in 1582. A fantastic area for self drive and getting off the beaten track!

The remote North West of Argentina is an area of staggering beauty with traditional indigenous towns, cactus studded landscapes and few other tourists

Best months to visit Salta & the North West

Salta & the North West can be visited all year round. The hottest time of year is the summer which is December until February. This is a popular time to go as it is high season for the rest of Argentina, but it is also the wettest time of year in Salta. We consider the best months to go March and April or September – November when temperatures are a little cooler and there is less rain. In the spring (October/November) the landscape is a little greener than usual. The winter months of July – August are the coldest but usually have the least rain.

Our hand-picked hotels in Salta & the North West

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truely exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are some of our favourites in Salta & the North West.

Best reasons to visit Salta & the North West

Salta and the North West offers many opportunities for adventure and its a great place for self drive. Here are our top highlights in the region.

Enjoy the plaza side cafés and sophisticated museums of Salta

Go to Cachi for cobblestone plazas, adobe houses and dramatic scenery

Taste the world class torrontes wine in Cafayate

Witness the striking, multicoloured Humahuaca gorge

Travel to remote Tolar Grande and into The Puna for real adventure

Weather Averages for Salta & the North West

Other destinations in Argentina

From Salta head east to the rolling hills around Cordoba, or south to the wine lands of Mendoza and the expansive scenery of the Lake District. Explore more of Argentina’s varied destinations by using the links below.

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