Salta Argentina

Salta. Renoun for Argentina fishing and the Train to the Clouds.

Argentina fishing in Salta Argentina Salta Argentina is in the northern part of the country and a very unique and culturally rich destination. It was once part of the Peru empire and before that, part of the Inca empire. Recently amazing ruins have been discovered in this region. This is a medium sized city with various types of architecture from different periods blending well together. It is an excellent location for Argentina fishing by fly fishing or otherwise.

How to get there from Buenos Aires

By Bus – The bus trip to Salta is about 20 hours. There are several bus lines to choose from and the average cost is about 120 pesos. One way.

By Car – It is possible to drive to there from Buenos Aires traveling through Cordoba and the deserts of the North. The trip will take about 2 or 3 days.

By Plane – To fly to this region in Argentina from Buenos Aires will cost about $200 USD and will take about 4 hours.

What to do in Salta

Salta’s Train in the clouds (Currently Not Running!!!!!) – Known to be one of the highest trains in the world. This train from Salta runs through a titanic structure built by American eng.Richard Maury in the 30’s. Covers 217 km in about 16 hrs departing every Saturday (April – Oct), twisting its way through the awesome Toro ravine to reach 4200 mts above sea level at Polvorilla Viaduct. The train has a restaurant and a medical staff in case of emergencies There are also bilingual guides, a video system and regional bands on board.

Visiting Tastil Argentina, – one of the first pre-incaic cities in South America. Tastil was discovered by Eric Boman in 1903. It is believed it was populated by 2500 natives in 1300 BC. One of the branches of the “Inca Trail” (from Peru) used to cross the middle section of the town. The archeological value and ruins are astonishing. Following the same path there is San Antonio de los Cobres in the middle of Toro ravine.

Argentina Fishing Trip in Salta- Adventure oriented visitors will enjoy fishing trips organized to “Dique Cabra Corral” and to Rio Bermejo, where trouts, dorados and surubies can be found. Camping, tents and trips on 4×4 ‘s can be arranged with a local guide. There are several restrictions that need to be followed. A Permit is required in order to fish in the different lakes. Also the size of the catches and the fishes itself has been subject to regulation (60 cm dorados and 20 cm for bagres, minimum). Argentina fishing season starts April 1st through Oct 31 st each year.

Salta wine tasting. – Some of the best regarded wines in Argentina are produced in Cafayate, a small area south of Salta. where weather and grape varieties combine to obtain internationally acclaimed wines like Torrontes. From Cafayate crossing “Calchaquies valley” visitors can get to “Cachi” (1500 habs) where small familiy owned wineries plus local artist offer their goods to the public.

Iruya, is a must see. At 2800 mts above sea level the town is the center of many religious celebrations. Every Aug. 1st natives celebrate the ‘Pachamamas Festival’ to show devotion to Mother Earth. The first week-end of October ‘La Virgen del Rosario’ celebration takes place where natives play peculiar instruments like Quenas, Cajas and Sikus.

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Tom Wick is an American expat living in Buenos Aires. An expert travel consultant and tour guide offering free travel inforamtion and private guided tours of Buenos Aires.

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