Salta is Argentina's colonial gem. Perched on the high, dry terrain in the country's northwest region, this former Inca Empire outpost is one of the most exquisite and well-preserved historic colonial sites in South America. Saturated with 18th-century landmarks like the ancient Cabildo and a massive neoclassical cathedral, travellers fly in huge numbers to this remote corner of the continent each year. The famed Tren a las Nubes (Train to the Clouds) originates here on its journey into the mountains. But it's not just the buildings and scenery that form part of the country's history; tradition runs strong among the people here too. The astringent aroma of yerba mate mixes with the smoke from grilled meats in the many gaucho-style parillas. Salta is the high point of any history enthusiast's trip around South America, but it also boasts many modern museums, three theatres, and the annual month-long April Cultural Festival. With several airline connections to the city's Martín Miguel de Güemes Airport departing daily, it's easy to get a direct Salta flight from many cities across Europe.
All the rich colonial history of Salta is just minutes away from the airport. Within less than half an hour of landing you can stroll through the storied streets, explore an old museum, or enjoy authentic gaucho cuisine. General Alvarado Park, the fascinating headstones of Cemeterio de La Paz, and the small village of Cerillos are all a short walk away from the airport. The city centre itself is only 6 kilometres away. Taxi services from the airport are also available, and the city provides cheap municipal bus services to the entire city as well. A direct cheap flight to Salta will take you to one of the world's most pristine colonial treasures within minutes of getting of the plane.