Welcome to Salta & the Andean Northwest
Argentina is known worldwide for its European influence, but there's an Andean feel in the northwest. This is thanks to the creativity and endurance of indigenous communities who continue to make handicrafts, tend llamas and stir nourishing stews. Descendants of long-gone empires, they are people of the puna (Andean highlands), which stretch into Chile and Bolivia.
This is where a country was born. Its cities were Argentina's first colonial settlements, and it's here where independence was claimed. There's much to discover: period architecture, national parks aplenty, and century-old, high-altitude vineyards producing some of Argentina’s finest wine.