Colonial colour and ancient indigenous culture weave together in this rust coloured corner of the globe that is dotted with authentic fincas serving Anthony Bourdain-worthy local cuisine.VIEW THE MAP...
Salta & the North West
Founded in 1582 by the Spanish commander Hernando de Lerma, Salta bears the usual marks of a colonial city – grand pastel-painted neoclassical buildings, palm-filled plazas and excellent museums – yet retains the charm so often lost in towns with such traveller appeal.
Whilst the European influence is noticeable in both Salta and Jujuy, it is the indigenous culture and rugged scenery that makes the northwest so fascinating. Think red-rock valleys, shimmering salt plains, dreamy cloud forests and tiny villages where ancient indigenous rituals are carried out just as they always have been.
Essential to appreciating this region is time spent in its fincas (ranches), exploring on horseback and sharing delicious meals of braised baby goat, suckling pig or llama carpaccio. And as you’d expect, there’s always someone close by to top up your glass with the region’s famed high-altitude wine.
Oh Argentina, you’ve done it again!