Salta, Argentina – Cheap Place To Live In South America
If you like city life with a small town feel, you will love Salta. Parks and plazas weave throughout the town with numerous shops, restaurants and ways to get yourself into trouble i.e. things to do
Popular Tourist Attractions in and around Salta
- Ride the Gondola to the top of San Bernardo Mountain (called El Teleférico).
- Sunday artist’s street market (Balcarce street) to hobnob with local artists and check out their work.
- Visit nearby traditional village San Lorenzo (10 minutes by taxi).
- Visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca (5 hours by bus).
- Learn about mummies at the Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana.
- Enjoy an evening listening to folkloric music and Peña entertainment (live shows on Balcarce street).
Last but not least (though very expensive) is the most known tourist attraction in Salta – The Train to the Clouds. For more information about this 15 hour adventure traversing 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 spirals, and 2 zigzags… visit the Train to the Clouds website.
Salta has a cosmopolitan feel though not the corresponding ramped-up prices such as in capital city Buenos Aires. Even high-end restaurants lining the main plaza – Plaza 9 de Julio – offer regular specials and set meals i.e. “menu del dia“. On offer one day was 13 empanadas (large with chicken) plus a litre of beer or soda for only 22 pesos ($5.40 USD). The video below is of a short walk around Plaza 9 de Julio.
Smaller, local establishments in less touristy areas have daily set menus for 11-18 pesos ($2.70-$4.40 USD) that include soup or salad, main dish (meatloaf, roasted chicken), bread and dessert (cup of jello or other).
The Super Vea is the main supermarket in town, with a wide selection of products and imported goods. To see a list of items with prices and to take a quick video tour of the store, click here: Shopping at the Super Vea in Salta
There is an actual ‘shopping’ (shopping mall in English) in Salta with a McDonald’s and various shops – yet mainly pricey items. Street shopping (rows and rows of shops) is the best way to find a bargain. Photos & Video – Shopping in Salta
Your biggest hurdle in moving to Salta will be to find an inexpensive rental. There are apartments to be had for $250 USD per month but you will need to search in outlying areas and visit Inmobiliarias (real estate offices) for available options. Renting an Apartment or House in Argentina
- Local, ‘small town’ feel yet a mid-sized city with plenty to see and do. International tourists pass through regularily offering more character & folks to interact with.
- Proximity to Chile & Bolivia, easy to update your Tourist Visa every three months.
- Many options for shopping and eating out cheaply, especially the ‘menu del dia’ set meal option at lunchtime.
- Due to its popularity, apartments in central areas are going to be cost-prohibitive on a $800 USD per month budget. You will have to look in outlying areas for low-cost rentals.
- Winters are mild (19 degrees C / 66 F on average) but summertime (December to March) brings heavy rains and frequent thunderstorms.
Photograph by Molly McHugh, all rights reserved.