People talk about travel fatigue and that’s definitely what we had when we arrived in Salta. We were tired with a capital T, and so rented an apartment where we planned on spending the next 7 days doing not much at all, recharging our batteries before we headed into Bolivia.
Our apartment in Salta was great, so much so that we hardly wanted to leave. The cold weather outside also wasn’t very motivating. It’s not normally so cold in Salta in May, but we’d arrived during a cold snap and it was freezing, with most nights around 5c. The Buenos Aires summer felt like a very distant memory.
Despite having 7 days in town we didn’t make it to the museums, a mix of poor time management and vital plot developments in the Walking Dead Season 4 impacting on our cultural development (but on the positive side, we are prepared if there is a zombie apocalypse).
What to do in Salta
We weren’t completely lazy though, we did manage to get out most days and wander the streets of Salta, a beautiful colonial town.
The most amazing thing around town were the orange trees, which lined the streets of Salta and main square. The trees were in season, but we weren’t sure what the policy was on taking the fruit.
We had planned to walk the 1000 steps to Cerro San Bernardo every day for exercise, but that also feel but the wayside, although we did manage it the once. The better option was to go up by funicular. Either way you got there, the views at the top were stunning.
We also found some great street art near to the apartment and it was good to see an indigenous theme to some of the works.
The 7 days passed quickly and our time in Argentina was finally at an end. We had arrived on November 25th, and apart from a couple weeks in Uruguay and a month in Chile, this country had been our home for the last 6 months. The longest time we’ve spent in another country outside Australia and the UK. We’ve had a great time in Argentina and despite the months we spent here, we felt that we only scratched the surface of this fascinating and complicated country. The politics and money situation here made no sense to us at all, and there is a long and complicated post that needs to be written about the ‘dolar blue’ market in Argentina, which meant we got a higher rate for the peso than the locals (around 25% higher) which is crazy.
Despite the hardships the country has seen, at it’s heart, life revolves around family, football and food. Sounds good to me!
Next stop San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
OR NOT. We have been struck again by the weather and bus curse of South America.
We arrived at the bus station at 6am to find our bus cancelled due to snow. Again we were saved by our awesome Airbnb host at 8am on a Sunday morning, dawn by Argentine standards, and so we had a couple of extra days relaxation in Salta. We didn’t want to risk more bad weather and so had to make the decision to miss San Pedro. Next stop Bolivia!
When we visited Salta: 10 nights end May 2014.
How to get to Salta: We took a 4 hour bus from Cafayate. It’s a stunning journey!
Food & Drink recommendations for Salta: We had one of the best parrilla meals in all of Argentina at El Charrua in Salta – a great parrilla.
Where to stay in Salta: We stayed in a great Airbnb apartment close to the main square.The apartment had everything we needed and was very comfortable. Plus it has a really nice and responsive host.
Airbnb discount for first time users: If you use the code ‘kellen1‘ when you book through airbnb for the first time, you’ll receive $25 off your booking (and we also receive the same).