They call it “La Linda”, and its territory is disputed by the widest variety of landscapes, dense forests, valleys, hills, barren deserts. Lermala Valley holds the foot of the hills February 20th and San Bernardo, giving it a fertile territory. So Salta Capital, a combination of nature and customs; customs of a population that carefully preserves its colonial architecture and traditional food.
White walls, red roofs, narrow sidewalks and cisterns act as distinct from the city of Salta, in his other turística- -the face, stands between a major modern service infrastructure. Hotels that cater to the preferences of each visitor, gastronomic establishments for all tastes, casinos, pubs, discos; in the Salta capital, the historical and present coexist in the present.
Salta is characterized by a cultural route fraught with museums, monuments, old houses of Argentine personalities, folk groups; but the adventure also find it an ideal place to develop tandem paragliding flights and mountain sports.
Your ultimate symbol, the Train to the Clouds, combines both sensations: contemplation and adrenaline, carrying passengers across bridges, viaducts, tunnels, curves and curls up to a height of 4220 m. fully justifies its name. An experience that can only be lived in Salta.
Sightings of wildlife, walks in national parks, indescribable admiration and varied landscapes that contrast with opaque green vivid colors throughout its extension, add to the attractions of this vibrant northern city.
For its beauty and variety, nature constitutes an attractive Skip to which no visitor can resist. Observation of flora and fauna that inhabit the lush jungle Salta, admiration of the widest variety of cactus National Los Cardones elParque are just a small sample of the great salteña offer.
But not only integrates the tourist contemplation billboard northwest of Baghdad. Also adventure slips between his strokes seducing the most daring to experience the most exciting sensations.
Riding along indescribable landscapes; climb the Cerro San Bernardo to cover the entire city with his eyes; discover the puna in 4×4; jump to the sky in the Train to the Clouds; paragliding flight baptized; comprehensive proposal of activities is able to overcome the imagination in this characteristic corner of Salta.
From the capital of Salta you can tour one of the most impressive circuits Argentina to move the legendary Calchaquí through a path that leads to the astonishment without a moment’s respite.
For the Calchaquíes Valleys and appreciate its beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages of the early eighteenth century nestled in its geography, must travel a total of 520 kilometers through three main routes, the RP No. 33 and No. 40 and 68 RN .
From the very beginning fascination captures the travelers as they enter the Quebrada de San Fernando de Escoipe; enclosed between the mountains and flanked by RP No. 33, indicates the beginning of the adventure.
The vegetation in this area corresponds to the montane forest, with the presence of hydrophilic and xerophytic plants. Elderly laurels, willow, walnut, peach trees, poplars and some conifers are the constant in this way.
Since the vehicle in which it passes is achieved see terraces or terraces for growing corn, oats, peas or beans in butter perched on hillsides that surround the route.
The consolidated gravel road is crossed by streams of meltwater down from the heights but that in no way impede the passage of tourists. La Quebrada Agua Negra and river Malcante accompany the visitor pass at this stage of the tour.
After the Quebrada de Escoipe begins winding “Cuesta del Obispo”, so called because in 1622 the highest ecclesiastical authority Salta – Monsignor Cortázar – traveling from Salta to Cachi, spent the night at the halfway point at 3,400 meters
At the top of the hill, “Piedra del Molino” point is the chapel of San Rafael Archangel, “Patron of the Traveler”. From there, you can get an unforgettable view of the endless slope that mimics the granite formation of feldspar, mica and quartz is found in the region.
Continuing the march passed by a place that is a true reflection of its name: the “Valle Encantado” a dream place with red soil and green grass where the cyclopean rocks and rough terrain will stun the boldest tourist and used to enjoy the natural wonders.
National Park Los Cardones
After resting the hearing before this natural masterpiece, it begins to descend by a depression in height. The path leads visitors to Cachi Pampa – “salt pampa” in language cacán.
After a few kilometers, you will enter Righteous Tin Tin, fully paved and 12 kilometers. Far Curacatao the towering summits with its snowy peaks are observed. The tour always has a particular landscape, worthy of being contemplated.
The Los Cardones National Park welcomes the visitor and wonder at the thousands of cacti, arranged as seedlings all over the field, it becomes almost incomprehensible. It is admirable to observe the different ways they acquire pasacana cactus. Some issues reach up to 6 meters high and, considering that grow about 5 cm per year, it is easy to take the age of the same.
The area where the cacti are willing presents an alternative Andean basalt relief of suffering a metamorphic action as a consequence of the prevailing temperature range – from 0 ° to 35 ° C – so it manifests itself cracked. Jarillas plant as black with yellow cholongas accompany cardones against desolate landscape.
Cachi: “Town of Salt”
The Tin Tin Straight bends frantically to the left. In the background the “Cumbres del Libertador” are observed and the “Nevado de Cachi” from 6720 masl Thus begins to transit the Valles Calchaquíes themselves. Where ever circulate the Inca Atahualpa, Juan Calchaquí again, and then the Spaniards as Don Diego de Almagro in 1536. That moment is exciting; Payogasta passing the enigmatic and historic Route 40, one of the most unique ways of Argentina is spliced. On both sides there are silences that seem Valles Calchaquíes observe the expeditionary bold.
After a few kilometers, the town of Cachi opens its doors to show her innocent beauty. It is a good time to stop, rest a moment and visit the town of net colonial court.
Cachi means “salt” in Quechua or cacán, and its name comes from the natives of the area had mistaken the summit of Nevado with a large saline. Walking through the village the visitor finds the warmth of its people, which seems to clash with the architectural environment.