Relaxed and easy-going. I bet that’s what you think what my travels look like. But every now and then, you need a “break from the break“, for instance after long and intense days of living the Mendoza Wine Festival experience, or equally fascinating days spent exploring the local Bodegas Wine Estates. Sleep in, go with the flow and enjoying my meals whenever I feel hungry: My visit to the high north of Argentina is set to start really comfortable and relaxed.
I reach Salta, the capital city of the province with the same name, after some crazy 18 hours and more than 1.000 kilometers (!) spent on a comfortable Andesmar coach, an experience well worth it when travelling such a vast country as Argentina in order to get a feel for its distances. Before I continue north-west towards the Andean Altiplano, I share with you my tips of things to do while enjoying Salta in style – calm and relaxed.
Going up in Swiss Gondolas and a visit to the “MAAM” Altiplano Mountain Museum in Salta
Actually, I am not really a fan of touristy things, but a ride with the Swiss cable car of Salta up the local mountain, or “cerro” is something I can definitely recommend just for the fun of it. So I let myself be carried up to around 2.000 metres of altitude and back, paying nearly € 8,- return as opposed to running out of breath before even reaching the Altiplano in the Chilean-Argentinian highlands close-by (more than 3.500 metres of altitude and more are waiting for me … well I’ll let you know how it all goes!).
What you should not miss in Salta, and here I join in with the recommendations of all travel guides and local travel tips, is the Museo Arqueológico de Alta Montana, also called “MAAM” and roughly translated into Arquaeological Museum of High Mountain Areas. The museum is home to a fascinating collection of pre-Columbine artifacts offering unusual insights into the mighty culture of the Inca people, complete with two mummies of children having been sacrificed and buried on no less than 6.700 metres of altitude in this Altiplano highland … incredibly fascinating and a museum not to be missed!