San Bernardo Hill
There’s no better place for a panoramic view of Salta than the top of San Bernardo Hill. Located just a few blocks from the city center, climbing to the top means scaling around a thousand steps. If that sounds like a bit much, a cable car whisks lazy travelers back and forth in just minutes.
Quebrada de Humahuaca
The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a series of surreal ravines that run right up to the Bolivian border. Renowned for its barren beauty, the region features numerous dry river beds which have cut through earthy red canyons and are now home to a smattering of giant cacti.
Cerro de Siete Colores
The highlight of the Quebrada de Humahuaca is without a doubt the UNESCO-listed Cerro de Sietes Colores (Hill of Seven Colores). This spectacular geological oddity is the result of layers of sedimentary strata eroding over the years to create a kaleidoscope of color in bizarre undulating waves.
Known as Salinas Grandes (large salt works), Argentina’s salt flats resemble a blindingly white desert almost as far as the eye can see. It’s not to be missed, especially by those who don’t plan on visiting Uyuni in Bolivia.
The Wineries of Cafayate
A few hours south of Salta is captivating Cafayate, Argentina’s premier white wine growing region. Numerous picturesque vineyards can be found in these parts, offering spectacular valley vistas best savored with a crisp glass of vino in hand.
But it’s the nearby geological marvels of the Quebrada de las Conchas that bring nature lovers to Cafayate, the first stop of most tours being a rather large obelisk.
El Garganta del Diablo
Then, there’s the aptly named Devil’s Throat, an impressive canyon that seems to have been carved into the mountain by Diablo himself.
A favorite stop for many is the natural amphitheater. Formed over 70 million years ago, it’s a stunning sight to behold. The acoustics are also amazing, made even better by talented traveling musicians who hang out here and play tunes in exchange for a small fee.
A rather eerie attraction, these inexplicable eroded holes in the cliff face appear as if they were man-made windows.
La Punilla is a definitely worth a visit, consisting of a long winding cave with magnificent earthy colors.
Finally, El Paso is a remarkable cliffside road that was used by the Incas many years ago.