Jul 25, 2009

First Day in Salta

Got in this morning at 6:30 instead of the anticipated 10:00 a.m. This overnight bus ride wasn't quite as bone-chilling as the previous one, but the movie was laughably terrible. Some Nicolas Cage flick where he plays, well, Nicolas Cage. Saving the world. Again.

But this is about Salta, an enchanting colonial city surrounded by mountains. It's at about 4000 feet above sea level, and has a high desert climate. This picture shows the Cathedral of Salta, which seems typical of the architecture in the city center. Salta was founded in the 16th century, and was for a long time more aligned with the more populated Andean Chile and Peru than with Buenos Aires (BsAs), as BsAs was something of a backwater for years and years. More on BsAs in another post--we were there for a week at the beginning of our trip.

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