Salta is the capital of the Salta Province in northwestern Argentina. The city, nicknamed Salta la Linda (Salta, the beautiful), is known to have preserved more colonial architecture than the vast majority of other Argentinian cities.
To be honest, I don't think Salta is particularly nice. The little colonial architecture that still exists is concentrated around the central plaza, and it is only at the beginning of the evening that it starts to look nice mainly due to the lights on the structures. During the day the intense traffic, all around the city centre, is chaotic and it makes any strolls far less enjoyable.
Nevertheless, Salta has some highlights such as the climb to Cerro San Bernardo with its magnificent views over the city, and its numerous peñas where one can enjoy a nice evening listening to music, drinking and eating.
Meeting nice people
With the friends from the hotel, we went to two peñas where we enjoyed music, food and dancing till dawn. It has been a long time since I had an entire night drinking and dancing. We went home at 5 in the morning, when the bars close. We visited the peñas Vieja Estacion and One.
Peñas are cafés/club where groups of musicians perform live. The type of music is generally folklore, but in our case, at peña One, it was more of a modern style.
Cerro San Bernardo
Cerro San Bernando offers superb views over the city of Salta. It is possible to go up using the cable car, but even better, via a trail.
The small museum is dedicated to the history of General Martín Miguel de Güemes, an Argentinian national hero. He was a politician and military leader whose strategies during the Argentine War of Independence (1810-1825) have greatly contributed not to lose the country northern provinces at the hands of the enemy.