Salta -semi-arid and near Andes mountains region, Argentina  (07 06 2006)

Stayed at Salta City ( July 6 - 9)
Hotel Casa Real Hotel & Spa Convention Center,  4 stars
Mitre 669 - Salta
Tel: (54 387) 421 2200 / 401 2200
www.casarealsalta.com

Northern provinces feature traces of pre-Columbian cultures, mingled with ruins of natives’ villages, as well as forts and constructions dating back to the time of the Conquest and Colonization.
Time seems to stand still in the high plateau of the Puna, a land full of mountain ranges, steep mountain paths, and gorges. Villages have been built in the small valleys. Multi-colored and monochromatic hills covered with huge cactuses on the slopes surround the village.
This region offers landscapes full of contrast for tourists to enjoy, from the high peaks to the plains, the salt pans, and the subtropical rain forests, where Latin American culture took root.

An innovative hospitality proposal that integrates with the colonial and historical city of Salta , “the beautiful,” Casa Real, is a hotel created in a unique way. Strategically located and very close to the main tourist attractions as well as Government buildings and business area. Only 20 minutes away from the airport.

Apart from its strategic location, the hotel offers spacious rooms with a panoramic view of the city, an exquisite cuisine, complete business service and facilities, modern conference and events spaces and a spa club with a swimming pool. All of this put together with a personalized attention in order to offer extraordinary comfort and rest to the most demanding guest.
 

The City of Salta:
The city of Salta was founded in 1582 and it still bears a distinct Hispanic character that sets it apart from other cities in the country. The skyline is drawn by colonial houses, narrow streets and pavements, and the brownish green of the surrounding hills. This cordial and hospitable city feels proud of its historic heritage and it offers tourists a wide range of cultural events and entertainment.
 

When sightseeing around the city, you must visit the main square (Plaza 9 de Julio), the Cathedral and the old city hall (the Cabildo). Nearby you will find the San Francisco Church and the San Bernardo Convent, with a carved door that dates to the year 1762. Other places of interest are the Uriburu Museum, the Hern�ndez and the Arias Rengel houses and the G�emes and 20 de Febrero Monuments.

Tourists can walk down the streets around the main square, take in the fresh air and have a drink in one of the cafes. The cobbled streets are a tribute to older times when this area of town was the centre of its political, economical and social life.

You can also take the cable car and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from San Bernardo hill, and then buy crafts at the Mercado Artesanal, an old ranch turned into a shopping area.

An active and lively cultural life
The special history of Salta encouraged the developing of a rich cultural life, inspired also by the beauty and diversity of the nature. Salta has an active cultural life. Its cinemas, theatres and “pe�as” offer a wide variety of shows and performances. Many of these events take place at Casa de la Cultura, Caseros 460.

This art centre also houses Salta’s Symphonic Orchestra, which has gained international acclaim and which offers weekly performances.

There are interesting museums to visit: The Contemporary Art Museum that was opened earlier last year and exhibits works from local artists, or Museums such us the Cabildo, Uriburu Museum, the Hern�ndez and the Arias Rengel houses that keeps alive historic ways of life, and historic monuments like G�emes and 20 de Febrero Monuments that commemorate heroes and facts of the independence war.
 

 


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