Andean Argentina is a region of rich Indian heritage. Beautiful scenery includes deep canyons, striking desert landscapes of sand and cactus, and unique rock formations. Salta (pop. 370,000), features perfectly preserved colonial architecture, and is the region’s cultural center. Daily visitor excursions are popular to nearby Indian villages, colonial towns, natural monuments, local wineries, and a ride on the Train to the Clouds, one of the world’s highest railways (Saturdays, April-October).
When to go
Salta enjoys a balmy weather year ‘round with temperatures averaging 72F.
• National Parks: Excursions to nearby national parks featuring spectacular natural formations, archaeological sites and prehistoric indigenous villages.
• Wine tours: The region is becoming one of Argentina’s emergent wine producers.
• Train to the Clouds: A fascinating train ride on one of the world’s highest railways.
• Wilderness Trekking.