Salta City Guide
OVERVIEW: A mid-sized city in the northwestern part of Argentina. Salta is know for its colonial architecture and beautiful weather. It lies close to the borders of both Chile and Bolivia, and thus serves as a great gateway to the rest of South America. An all-around pleasant and relaxed city to pass time in.
WEATHER: Subtropical highland (10-28 °C). Salta has four distinct seasons.
SAFETY: Very safe. The biggest "threat" you'll encounter will probably be vandals.
MUST DO: 9 de Julio Square. I have ritual when I travel: whenever I arrive in a new city, before I do anything else, I find a square and I sit down and I have a drink. I suggest you try it out.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN SALTA: It is possible to find places for $300-$400 dollars near the centre of town.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $10.00
NIGHTLIFE IN SALTA: 7/10
Respectable for a town of its size. The people here like to party, which is good, because if they didn't the town would get pretty boring fast. A great deal of the bars are on and around Balcarce street, and in a town this size, it won't be hard to determine which spots are hot on what days.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $1.75
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN SALTA: 7/10
I'd say you've got a better chance here than in Buenos Aires, assuming you have just a few days. Girls here are more friendly and generally more interested in foreigners, even though they get plenty of backpackers passing through. To up your advantage, don't dress like a budget traveller. If you make an effort to look classy, you will get much more positive attention because neither the locals or Australian backpackers that you see here dress to impress. That is probably the best piece of advice I can give for Salta.
***ONLINE DATING: Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with girls and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, I recommend it.
ARE GIRLS HOT IN SALTA?: 7.75/10.
This isn't Cordoba or Rosario. The girls here don't quite match the stereotype of the flawless goddesses you've come to expect from the reports given by other travellers. They are still, however, very cute and loveable. Ultimately, the girls here are of the same genetic makeup of most other cities in Argentina, which means many will have white skin, dark hair and any colour of eyes. But, as I said before, they're not as pretty as the girls you'll encounter in bigger cities. Compared to many other Latin American cities however, Salta ranks high.
If you want to meet women in Argentina, you will need to speak some Spanish. The Pickup Spanish Program is the only course of its kind, designed specifically to teach you Spanish for meeting Latinas in Latin America.
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.10 Loaf of Bread= $1.00 Eggs= $2.30 Water (1.5L)= $1.25 Cigarettes= $2.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Not really. The city isn't quite big enough to have a demand for English teachers, or foreign workers of any kind.
TAXI: No more than $2.00.
NOTES: A very charming city. This would be a fabulous place to live if mid-sized, quiet towns with a bit of a nightlife scene and culture are your thing. It vaguely reminded me of Guanajuato, Mexico in terms of it's climate and cultural offerings. Basically, it's a city that you either pass through quickly en route to another destination, or stay in for a long period of time. A man could certainly do worse than Salta though. It's cheap, the food is good, the women are cute and the people are hospitable.
OVERALL RATING: 7.75/10
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