Salta, Argentina – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Updated in 2022. 

Salta is a mid-sized city in the northwestern part of Argentina, known for its colonial architecture and beautiful weather.

Salta 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 for travelers to pass time in.

POPULATION: 540,000 


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The closest major city is Jujuy.
 
Santiago Del Estero is roughly halfway between Buenos Aires and Salta.
 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN SALTA

It is possible to find places for $300-$400 dollars near the centre of town.

 

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.

I recommend: Barny Gomez Resto BarA the Simpsons-themed bar. It’s hilarious and also pretty popular. Macondo is OK too.

 

IS SALTA SAFE?

Very safe. The biggest “threat” you’ll encounter will probably be spray-painting vandals. Salta is a relatively safe city. Take normal precautions and you should be just fine here.

 

COST OF LIVING IN SALTA 

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $734 USD/month to live in Salta, Argentina

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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 its 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, and the people are hospitable. That said, if you’re looking for a more exciting and vibrant city, perhaps go straight to Buenos Aires.


OVERALL RATING: 7.75/10


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