Salta is our second argentinian stoppover…
Stoppover well deserved after more than 26 hours of bus to reach it from Iguazu. This average argentinian city is located on the north of argentina, a few hours from the Bolivian border.
A bit of history first:Un peu d’histoire tout d’abord..
The city of Salta has been created on the 16th of April 1582, again par a spanish, Hernando de Lerma, in order to create a communication escale between Lima and Buenos Aires. The city became then rich by supplying raw material to Potosi (Located today in Bolivia) who is specialized only on silver extraction on the mountain El Cerro Rico. Today, it is the argentinian city with the best preserved colonial architecture. It is therefore a must go in Arngentina.
The tour of the city, its center and all its religious buildings are indispensables and required roughly two days.
Another attraction to visit is the MAMM or Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana (The Archeologic Museum of High Mountain) which displays what has been discovered at the top of the Lluillaillaco volcano: some elements of a quechua sanctuary and the mummies of the kids of Lluillaillaco. This volcano is the second most actif volcano in the world and is located at 6739m in the Andean Cordillera between Chili and Argentina.
The mummies of Lluillaillaco are kids body that the Quechuas sacrificed to their gods, The bodies have been mummified by the cold weather during 500 years until 1999 when they have been discovered.
A few picures of Salta below:
Then, the best way to get a good view point of the city is to get to the mont San Bernado (1454m).
You can go either by telepheric, or by walking the pathway that a lot of locals use to run up and down. We have done it walking as we needed to do a bit of activities.
But Salta would not be famous if it wasn’t the starting point of many travellers to discover the Calchaquies valley, a series of beautiful valleys, where the landscape change as you go through. You can either do it by bus or by car. Car being the most flexible way to discover these various landscapes changing from the ochre throat to the wide and high plain (3000m) at the Recta del Tintin.
But it will be for one of the next posts.
Blog you soon
Jacques and Caroline