Photo of the week: gliding over Salta

The cable car to San Bernardo, Salta, Argentina

The iconic teleferico in Salta became out guiding star whenever we felt lost in the city. I took this photo from the top of Cerro San Bernardo. It looks so peaceful, yet high-speed pop music was blaring out on a stereo behind. It was part of a temporary gym that’s been stationed atop the hill. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful evening watching the sun go down with medialunas and coffee. The gondola / teleferico is a beautiful ride, or you can choose to walk up the hill instead.

Salta travel tips

We were in Salta for about six weeks and we spent most of that time working, but did get out to enjoy the city too. Some of our favouite things were very simple such as enjoying a daily merienda, which is essentially like British teatime but with a coffee/hot chocolate and a croissant (known as a medialuna in Argentina). Our favourite place for merienda was the aptly named The Victoria.

The Victoria is on Plaza 9 de Julio which was another of our favourite things in Salta. It’s the city’s central square and a hubub for all its activity from protests to evening strolls.

In terms of food, Salta is famous for its empanadas. Our favourites were the caprese in New Time (Caseros 602) and the cheese in The Victoria (Zuvira 16). We also loved Patio de Las Empanadas for its convivial atmosphere.

And don’t go to Salta without sampling some of the traditional folklorico music. The best and most authentic place to see it is Casona del Molino, which has escaped becoming a tourist trap like so many other places.

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Video: Folklorico at La Casona del Molino, Salta

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  1. says

    Nice shot! I didn’t get to ride the teleferico when I was there. My friend is terrified of heights, and I was also distracted by the opportunity to go wine tasting. 😉

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