Where to Go for the Most Stunning Views Near Salta, Argentina

Humahuaca | © Miguel Vieira/Flickr
Humahuaca | © Miguel Vieira/Flickr
Photo of Harry Stewart
23 August 2017

The beautiful town of Salta and the stunning surroundings of northwest Argentina are one of the country’s lesser-known yet utterly worthwhile attractions. From multicolored hills to surreal geological formations, join us on a journey of the region’s most spectacular natural wonders.

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.

Camino Cerro San Bernardo, Salta, Argentina

Teleférico de la ciudad de Salta | © diametrik/Wikipedia

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.

Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina

Quebrada de Humahuaca | © Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr

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.

Seven Color Hill | © Juliane Schultz/Flickr

Salinas Grandes

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.

Salinas Grandes, Salta Province, Argentina

Salinas Grandes en la Provincia de Salta | © Kevin Jones/Wikipedia

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.

Cafayate, Salta Province, Argentina

Cafayate Winery | © Tanenhaus/Flickr

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