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Salta is the capital of the Salta Province, in the northwest of Argentina. It is Argentina's 8th largest city, with a population of around 475,000. The city was first founded on April 16, 1582 by the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma. His original intension was the city to be an outpost between Buenos Aires and Lima in Peru.
The city was heavily damaged during the war of independence, which left the city bankrupt. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries a large arrival of Spanish, Syrian and Lebanese immigrants helped to revive trade and agriculture in the region giving the city a second birth. To this day the city has a very multicultural flavor because of this immigration.
Salta is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Argentina, based largely on its colonial architecture and natural scenery. It is also the main base for a lot of the trips throughout the province, including the "Train to the Clouds" (Tren a las nubes).
The main attractions are located in the city centre, clockwise around the 9th July Square (Plaza 9 de Julio) are the following:
The weather is warm and dry, with an average temperature of 16.4 °C (around 20 °C in the summer, 11 °C in winter). The summer months of January and February also are the wettest whilst during spring, Salta can be plagued by severe, week long dust storms. Temperatures frequently hit 35 °C or even more during these months.
Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport (SLA), in Spanish Aeropuerto Internacional de Salta Martín Miguel de Güemes, is an airport about 6 km southwest of the city centre. In 2007 this airport almost had 400,000 passengers making it the busiest airport in the northern part of the country. This airport is the main hub for the Andes and served by Aerolíneas Argentinas, LAN Argentina, Andes Líneas Aéreas and Aerosur. The main destinations are Santa Cruz, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Puerto Iguazu and San Salvador de Jujuy.
Taxi fare is around 5 pesos for standard rides.
Buses cost 1 Peso on all routes.
The three blocks on the north end of Balcarce street, closest to the train station, are the centre of nightlife in Salta. There's plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafés here, as well as nightly concerts.
|Backpackers Hostel Salta||Buenos Aires 930||Hostel||74|
|Backpacker`s City||Alvarado 751||Hostel||80|
|Bloomers Bed & Brunch||Vicente Lopez 129||Hotel||89|
|El Alcazar||Balcarce 81||Hostel||79|
|El Andaluz||Cordoba, 191||Hostel||-|
|Exxes Hostel||Catamarca 481||Guesthouse||68|
|Gramma´s House||Mendoza 1569||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Condor Pass||Urquiza 675||Hostel||-|
|Hostal El Aljibe||Alvarado 322 Salta||Guesthouse||80|
|Hostal Kaskai||Simon Bolivar 441||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Prisamata||Mitre 833||Guesthouse||85|
|Hostel in Salta||Tucuman 464||Hostel||83|
|Hostel Puesto Viejo||Jujuy 159 Santiago del Estero 137||Hostel||-|
|Inti Huasi||Abraham Cornejo 120||Guesthouse||-|
|Las Rejas Hostel||General Güemes 569||Hostel||85|
|Los Cardones Salta||Avenida Entre Rios 454||Hostel||82|
|Molles del Portezuelo||Pje Peñalba 69 -Bº Portezuelo Norte||Guesthouse||85|
|Poncho Huasi||Guemes 760 Cerrillos||Guesthouse||-|
|Quovadis||Av. Entre Rios 742||Hostel||80|
|Hostel Del Centro||83 Cordoba st||Hostel||-|
|7 Duendes Base Hostel||San Juan 189||HOSTEL||80|
|Hostal Yatasto||Pueyrredon 352||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Palo Santo||Lavalle 680||Hostel||74|
|Traveller's North Hostel||Av Hipólito Yrigoyen 158||Hostel||80|
|Hostal El Quijote||Las Heras 1325||Guesthouse||83|
|Corre Caminos Hostel||Vicente López 353||Hostel||-|
|Residencial Las Rosas||Avenida Hipolito Yrigoyen 1195||Hotel||-|
|Antigua Sala Hosteria||Bolivar 2800||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel de la Linda||Alberdi 695||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel San Jorge||Esteco 244||Hostel||-|
|El Duende de la Posta||Alsina 1070||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal El Balcon del Valle||Alvarado 1668||Guesthouse||78|
|Backpacker's Suites & Bar||Urquiza 1045||HOSTEL||72|
|El Argentino Hostel||Calle Alvarado 1077||Hostel||78|
|Hotel Las Nubes||Florida 683||Hotel||78|
|Kusisa Hostal||Juramento 54||Guesthouse||-|
|Alquimia Hostel||Vicente Lopez 386||HOSTEL||77|
|Hostal Cuatro Torres||Av. San Martin 1.360||Hostel||-|
|7 Duendes Twin Hostel||Urquiza 1646||HOSTEL||-|
|Sol Huasi||Avenida Belgrano 671||HOSTEL||-|
|Posada del Angel||Pueyrredon 25||HOTEL||76|
|Hostal America||Alvarado 528||Guesthouse||-|
|Coloria Hostel||General Guemes 333||HOSTEL||76|
|Posada Casa de Borgo�a||Espana 916||HOSTEL||74|
|La Casa de Mia Mama||Los Abetos n° 170 - Barrio Tres Cerritos||HOTEL||78|
|Hostal Fabian Martinez||Tucuman 755||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Hostal Quara||Santiago del Estero 125||HOSTEL||-|
|La Posada de Don Simon||Alvarado 1070||HOSTEL||81|
|Hostal Nuestro Sueño||Gómez Recio 637||GUESTHOUSE||71|
|Hostal Virgen del Cerro||Joaquin Castellanos 417||HOTEL||-|
|Loki Salta||Ruta 51, Km 11 La Silleta||HOSTEL||76|
|Hostal Maya Salta||Urquiza 867||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Como en Casa||Las Tipas 624||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|La Covacha Hostel||Juramento 109||HOSTEL||-|
|Bonarda Boutique Hotel||Urquiza 427||HOTEL||-|
|Inti Raymi Hotel||Urquiza 325. Salta-Argentina||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel Namaste||La Rioja 573||HOSTEL||-|
|Suite Chabot||Mitre 871||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Los Reyes||Reyes Catolicos 1484||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal Iskay Huasi||Almirante Brown 356||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel del Pilar||España N 20||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal Aire Andino||Francisco Arias 667||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel El Pasaje||Pasaje Tineo 1477||HOTEL||-|
|Palacio Escondido Luxury Apartments||Pje. Nestor Patrón Costas 718.||APARTMENT||-|
Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.
You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.
Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.
Correos de Argentina is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correos de Argentina will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correos de Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.
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