Sophisticated Salta is a favorite of many, engaging active minds with its outstanding museums, and lighting romantic candles with its plaza-side cafes and the live música folklórica (folk music) of its popular peñas (folk music clubs). It offers the facilities – and the traffic and noise – of a large town, retains the comfortable vibe of a smaller place and preserves more colonial architecture than most places in Argentina.
Founded in 1582, it’s now the most touristed spot in northwest Argentina, with numerous accommodation options. The center bristles with tour agents: this is the place to get things organized for onward travel. A very popular option is to hire a car here to explore the surrounding area.