Salta, Argentina

Salta is a city in Argentina, capital of the province of the same name, located at the foot of the Andes in the fertile Lerma Valley at 1187 m. Thanks to its location, the city is well communicated with Bolivia and northern Chile. There is even a weekly flight that connects it to Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). It is also an important agricultural region with several export products (cereals, sugar cane, tobacco, etc.). The city is an episcopal seat. There are two universities, museums and libraries. Renowned for its colonial architecture, known as Salta la linda (Salta the Beautiful). It is a tourist place of course. To see: the Cabildo (City Council building), the Cathedral and San Francisco Church.

Tips

If you want to get a spectacular view of the city and the Lerma Valley, go to the Cerro San Bernardo (Mount St-Bernard, 200m). If you are going to spend a few days in the city, do not miss the opportunity to take the Train of the Clouds which climbs the Andes Cordillera in the province of Salta, on a railroad with sections that exceed 4000 meters of altitude, a rather special walk in the area of the Puna arriving at the small village of San Antonio de los Cobres located at more than 3500m. If you have heart problems, breathing problems or are pregnant, this is not recommended. If you like grills, you will find restaurants called Asador where you can taste all the parts of the cow by eating excellent Argentinian meat. Do not leave without having tasted the typical empanadas that according to the region from which they come, change a little the recipe and their ingredients. The empanadas of Salta are among the most famous of the country.

 

Cachi, Salta, Argentina

Cachi is a small town in northwestern Argentina, located in the province of Salta at an altitude of 2,280 meters, on the banks of the Calchaqui River. The town is located in a mountainous setting dominated by the Nevado peak of Cachi which culminates at 6,320 meters. The mountains are red, gray, pink, green with a few touches of different colors depending on the position of the sun and the minerals that contain; they seem to be the work of an artist … Part of the town is colonial style, with white houses built of clay on a stone base, with straw roofs. The windows are decorated with wrought iron gates. To see, the Central Square with its two monuments: the church of Cachi, nineteenth century neo-Gothic style with some parts that were built of cactus wood, including the roof, altar and confessionals and the Archaeological Museum Pio Pablo Diaz which houses more than 5,000 pieces that go mainly from 800 BC to 1600 AC. The square of July, 9th is surrounded by stones that reproduce the ancestral meeting center of the Chicoanas Indians with entrances in triple arches.

Tips

If you like to taste the local food, there are very good dishes to be enjoyed starting with empanadas with meat cut with knife and fat, fried; a total delight but make attention because they contain juice. You can continue with humita which is a cream corn and there are even empanadas stuffed with. Another specialty of the region are the tamales (a kind of pancake that is covered with a corn leaf). A visit to Pio Pablo Diaz Museum is very interesting because you will have the opportunity to see a mummified body covered with leather, wrapped in straws, tied with a rope made of vegetable fibers and wool; a symbol of the cult of the dead. In addition, it costs only a few cents. If you stay a few days, visit Los Cardones Park. It is a unique place where you will find giant cactus, there are even some that arrive at 9 meters in height. This park was on the road that the Incas crossed from the Bolivian valley to the Argentine lands. If you like adventure tourism but organized and safe, there are excursions in a kind of glass truck, which will allow you to know the area with experienced guides. You can find yourself suddenly in the clouds, in the middle of nature and with landscapes that will really charm you.

Papudo, Petorca, Chile

Papudo is a Chilean commune in the province of Petorca, 175 km from Santiago and 98 km north of Valparaiso. Its main town is the resort of the same name, which has 2 beaches for swimming, Big Beach and Little Beach, and other more distant like Lilen, Playillas and Salinas Puyally. There are also several trails for hiking or horseback riding and to observe the flora and fauna, like the French way, the Maqui and the Tigris way. The site offers many activities also that enjoy the beach and sun, you can go hiking, horseback riding, do underwater expeditions, surfing, mountain biking, etc. There is a beautiful pedestrian promenade along the beach called The Terrace from the grotto of the Virgin to Glorias Navales Avenue. Sto see: Recart Chalet, the church of Our Lady of Mercy, the temple of St. Peter the Fisherman, the Pirate Cave, Pullaly Park, among others.

Tips

A nice excursion to do is go around the bay by boat, about 40 minutes that covers places of major tourist attraction, such as Punta Pite and the Island of Wolves, where you can see marine life in all its splendor, with important colonies of Humboldt penguins, cormorants, pelicans, etc. The boats sail from the municipal wharf and tickets can be purchased at the tourist information office at Little Beach and on the pier.
There are two craft fairs where villagers offer their crafts, one located on the promenade of Big Beach and the other on the Arms Suqare.
If you like fish and seafood, Papudo is a good place to eat very fresh one in the various restaurants in the area.
If you’re visiting in February, you will be able to attend the Festival of integration which brings together hundreds of exhibitors from Latin America.