August 2, 1014 – August 4, 2014
Salta, Argentina – known for its nightlife, shopping, Inca mummies and Argentinian steak. We stayed for three days to check out the city and try some of the steak!
Salta has a large plaza surrounded by many colonial buildings filled with restaurants, shopping, museums and theaters. On weekends the clubs around town can be heard bouncing until early in the morning and for shoppers large malls line the pedestrian streets.
Salta has many colorful brightly decorated churches.
Salta has many wealthy neighborhoods.
Inca child mummies
We visited the MAAM – The high altitude museum of archeology, a museum dedicated to the high altitude child mummies of the Incas discovered in 1999. A collection of three well preserved child mummies, thought to have been sacrificed and buried as offerings by the Incas. Buried atop a mountain at 6,739 meters or 22,109 feet they are the highest altitude mummies ever found and best preserved due to several reasons including the incredibly dry, thin and frigid air. The museum did not allow photography.
A view of Salta from above
Above the city is a hill which offers great views of the city. The hill can be easily walked in about 45 minutes, it is also a popular jogging path for locals. There is also a cable car going up the hill if you don’t want to walk up hill.
A large public park filled with water fountains and ponds awaits visitors at the top.
We also found the most uncomfortable benches I have ever used.
We couldn’t visit Argentina without trying some of their famous steak. We went to El Charrua, a restaurant well known for their steak. They had massive portions, we went hungry and could not finish. Each steak was a least 2 inches thick.
We also stopped at Panquequinho Crepes which had over a hundred different crepe options. Great food can be found all over Salta, a welcome change from the limited menus of many cities throughout our South American journey.
Salta was a pleasant stop and we enjoyed the European feel of this city. Visitors should come not just for the city, but also use it as a gateway to surrounding areas like Cafayate, Tilcara, etc.