Salta is a lush, green and singularly attractive city. Salta, also known as La Linda (the beautiful), is on the Northwest corner of Argentina and is surrounded by vast mountains. Valleys, rivers and streams also add to the beautiful feel of this city. You will also find much natural beauty and things to do and see in the surrounding areas and towns. To catch a magnificent bird's-eye view of the city, catch the Teleferico (cable-car) which you can ride from the vicinity of the bus terminal to Cerro de San Bernado, the mountain that overlooks Salta. If you are keen to test your fitness and have time to burn, walk the 1070 steps to the summit. You wil find locals jogging it, and tourists flocking for the awesome panoramic views.
A favorite of many travelers, Salta is also a city of cinema and film production, theater, live music, folk festivals and plaza-side cafes. It has a bustling tourist population, and offers all the attractions of a larger city, although with the more relaxed vibe of a smaller town. Arts and culture are booming in Salta. Folk music is everywhere, and it is rumoured that the best folk musicians are Salteños. You will also find “Peñas” (clubs offering folk music) where a mixture of Spanish, Indian, African, and modern compositions are belted out. The city’s architecture reflects a fascinating mixture of cultures: Spanish Colonial with its appealing arches, wrought-iron railings and beautiful churches, adobe dwellings in small villages and modern shopping malls. You will find people gathering around the central plaza in restaurants and cafes to drink mate, tea and coffee during the day, and beer and wine in the evenings. You will also find numerous clubs where DJs spin Latin American rhythms along with hard rock, rap, blues or just about anything funky.The University in Salta is popular and very well established.
The afternoon siesta is an ongoing tradition in salta, and shops usually close from midday to 4 pm. The people are generally friendly, relaxed and helpful. The city is located in the fertile valley of Lerma at 1,200 meters above sea level. You will find temperate climes all year round! It is definitely worthwhile leaving the confines of the city to explore Salta as a province. The province is a place of poets, gauchos (Argentinian cowboys), vast mountains, emerald jungles, glorious valleys, raging rivers, condors, small adobe towns and inca ruins. Its beauty is majestic, and you will find varied scenery in the different regions from glimmering salt flats to Jesuit mission ruins.