San Francisco Convent. A tour through history



New tour in the city of Salta, this time to visit the historic convent of the San Francisco Church.
A convent with the history of the Franciscans in Salta and America.
A museum full of art, culture and history from past centuries.



The tour will take approximately one hour and we will visit the inside of the mueseum and the secrets of the church.
Upon entering the museum we invite you to connect with the senses and to be a protagonist of the founding history of our Country and our province

Enjoy the atmosphere of peace taken by the hand by an order that has the same years as our city. History, culture and spirituality will surprise you. In old halls and in the magnificent sacristy and choir, the convent museum is located. There are valuable works of art and pieces of collection belonging to the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Sets of chalices; reliquaries, piece of silverware of American baroque style; Colonial style furniture; imagery and paintings from different eras.




100 ARS per person is the cost of this tour, and we run it every wednesday at 4pm

book the tour by email at

or at the museum, Cordoba st 15.

Why the long queues at ATMs in Argentina?

Why the long queues at ATMs in Argentina?

We will try to explain in this article why queues at ATMs, where to exchange money and some useful tips.

One of the main reasons why Argentines make long queues at ATMs in the first days of each month is because they are accustomed to use cash, debit and credit cards are only used for large purchases and at a long term.

The Argentines pay the rent, their taxes and purchases in cash, for that reason they need large amounts and the automatic tellers have a withdrawal limit per day.

That daily limit was imposed for the protection of customers, a few years ago was very common so-called “express kidnappings”, where the criminal took the customer to withdraw all their money from the ATMs and then release them.


atm queues


Since Argentina’s economic crisis in 2001, confidence in the banks has been low; middle class savers hide their money under the mattress or buy new cars and improve their houses. Even rich Argentineans send their money abroad to banks in Uruguay or the Caymans.

Those that do have bank accounts are treated to exorbitant bank charges, government taxes, high loan interest rates and low savings rates.

Before Traveling to Argentina make sure to bring Unites States Dollars or Euros

Unlike most countries, where bringing lots of hard cash is not recommended or necessary, if travelling to Argentina we would suggest taking a decent amount of cash with you. Specifically US dollars and Euros. Don’t even bother bring other types of currency since they are harder to get exchanged and often at terrible rates (perhaps with the exception of the British Pound, but not guarantee)

From 2011 till January 2016 Argentina had severe Currency Exchange Restrictions also know as ” Dollar Blue or Mercado Paralelo “. During that time, exchanging money on the black market was actually a great deal with gaps over 40% compared with the official governmental rate.


money exchange argentina


There are two ways to change money “legal or illegal”.

With Argentina’s new president Mauricio Macri the restrictions have been lifted and official markets opened once more. Because of this, the Blue Dollar no longer offers the benefits that once did.

Choosing the illegal route over the normal banks, entails dealing with rigged calculators, fake money and you generally run the risk of being robbed. There is a lot of counterfeit bills, so it is necessary to be aware especially when handling larger notes, or receiving large amounts of change. All bank notes have a watermark in Argentina and both ARS100 and ARS50 bank notes have a metallic thread incorporated into the paper. You should have enough to go by with just the watermark and the metallic thread.


For foreigners withdrawing money from atms has a cost, they pay a tax that is not yet very clear why they charge it and there is a limit also on the amount of money to extract.

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Important fact: if you need a large amount of cash in one day, you can withdraw your twice your limit if you do it the second time after 5 pm, of course you will pay twice the tax, but you will have enough cash.


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We hope that with this information we clarify some doubts on this topic and if you have any questions leave us your comment.

Why the Orange trees in the squares

Why the Orange trees

in the squares

Bitter orange of plaza or Naranjo bitter of sevilla

Many people wonder what kind of orange is the one we have in 9 de Julio square? Why are they there and no one picks them up? Are they edible?

In this note we tell you about its origin and we will answer these questions.

plaza 9 de julios


In the photo above we can see a partial view of the 9 de Julio square in the city of Salta and the orange trees in the sidewalks.


Why are bitter oranges bitter?
Bitter oranges come from a different tree from sweet oranges, Citrus aurantium. This tree was cultivated in ancient times as an ornamental tree or to use its fruits in cosmetics, but not for consumption.
Its bitter taste is due to the presence in the fruit of an organic compound called neohesperidine. This compound is extracted and used in the food industry as a sweetener, is between 250 and 1800 times sweeter than sucrose, and a more persistent sweet taste, similar to licorice.

But, of course, it does not contain the type and amount of sugar that a sweet orange, so its gastronomic use is much lower.

Origins of bitter orange
The bitter orange tree comes from South Asia, and spread to the Mediterranean, Syria and Palestine by the Arabs. The caliphs of Cordoba, during the ninth and tenth centuries, popularized its use as an ornamental plant, planting it in streets, gardens, courtyards and mosques. It is very common to see it still in areas of Andalusia, such as the famous Patio de los Naranjos de la Mezquita de Córdoba.
Bitter orange has been cultivated since ancient times, although as we have said it was used as a decorative element for its thick foliage and bright colors, or for cosmetic and even medicinal uses. Subsequently extended its use as an ingredient in jams and preserves, and in the production of liqueurs. Today it is exported to the whole world.

In America this Orange trees was introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century.

square 9 of July


Types of bitter oranges
There are different varieties of bitter oranges, although the most cultivated in the Mediterranean is the Naranjo of Seville.
The fruits of Naranjo de Sevilla are highly prized to produce the well-known bitter orange jam because of its high pectin content. They are also used in the preparation of compotes and liqueurs.
Another variety is Citrus aurantium grown in southeastern Vietnam, which is basically used as a rootstock for other species of Citrus. Its fruit is used for the production of jams and liqueurs such as Triple Sec and Curaçao. They are also used in cosmetics, to extract essential oils.
The bergamia subvariety is grown in Italy to produce bergamot oil, component of many brands of perfume and tea. It is an essential ingredient in the famous Earl Gray tea.
Other sub-varieties are myrtifolia, originally from China, and daidai, used in traditional Chinese medicine and the celebration of Japanese New Year.

Of course you can make with this orange a delicious jam. It is believed that this jam originated in ancient Rome, in the attempt to preserve this fruit.

Would you do it?
Do you want the recipe?
Write us, and we will pass you the recipie by email

Locro. What is it and how to make it.

Locro, what is it and how to make it.


Argentine Locro


Locro is a stew of squash, meat, corn and beans. It is creamy and slightly sweet, and its garnishing sauce, made with paprika, provide a festive burst of spice and color.

Locro (from Quechua ruqru or luqru) is a stew made from pumpkin, beans, corn and potatoes that is consumed in the Andes, from Argentina and northern Chile, to southwestern Colombia, passing by Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.

It is a kind of stew whose origin is pre-Hispanic and pre-Inca, typical of several Andean peoples who based much of their diet on corn or beans and potatoes.


locro salteño


The recipe may change and include different ingredients depending on the region of america. In Argentina in a typical dish of winter.

Do not think a locro is improvised in half an hour. Preparing a locro takes time – ideal for those who enjoy being in the kitchen chopping vegetables and giving free rein to their creativity. The locro is served very hot and in pots (of clay preferably to conserve the heat), and can be accompanied by slices of crusty bread.


locro argentine stew


Since its ingredients can be obtained anywhere in the world you can also make in your house.

Here we give you the basic recipe


1 cup dry white corn kernels

2 medium chopped onions

2 cloves garlic in thin slices

1 thinly sliced leek

200 grams of smoked bacon in dice

2 sliced red sausages (spicy soft)

2 beef steaks 2.5 cm thick (osobuco, cuadril, or a similar cut) cut into dice

1 cup diced tripe (Optional!)

Pig’s feet (optional)

1 cup butter beans (white beans) (optional)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon sweet paprika

Ground black pepper and salt to taste

1 cup sliced snap zucchini

1 cup diced sweet potato

1 large potato

Green onion chopped (to decorate the dish once ready)


locro ingredients



Soak dry corn kernels in two cups of water for at least 12 hours, preferably the night before.

In a large pan and thick bottom, cook the onions, garlic, leek, steak, sausages, pork legs, tripe (if you have enough courage) and bacon in a little Olive oil until the onions are transparent. Add the cumin, paprika, a little salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Cook all these ingredients, stirring every 10 minutes. Add the white corn kernels and hot water until all the ingredients are covered by about 5 centimeters of liquid.

Add the vegetables and the beans. Bring the preparation to a boil, lower the cooking intensity, cover and simmer for about two hours. Check the cooking and stir the preparation every 20 minutes.

After two hours, remove the lid from the pan and let the preparation continue to simmer. Remove the pork legs. Crush the vegetables slowly. As they release starch, the preparation will begin to thicken and take consistency of stew. Continue to crush the vegetables and cook the preparation until a thick consistency. Add salt to taste.


Ready, it’s time to enjoy a delicious Andean dish at home

If you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to write us.
Tell us how the locro came out.

You may also be interested this post about vegetarian food in Salta

Vegetarian cuisine in salta

What is it like to be a vegetarian in Salta?


We know that Argentina is known for the quality of meat and its meat based meals mainly, but lately more people opt for Vegetarian Cooking and a healthier lifestyle.

In the city of Salta is also becoming fashionable this type of cuisine along with the so-called “Andean cuisine,” which elaborates exquisite dishes based on ancestral ingredients used by the Incas.

The options within the city are several, and among the most recommended, we have restaurants that will delight you with novelties and flavors that will be a blast on your palate.


Without intending to categorize or classify these restaurants we will give you a list of the 3 best places in the city to enjoy a very good vegetarian meal.


Chirimoya Vegetarian Resto


Chirimoya is a couple of blocks from the 9 de Julio square and in a warm and cozy atmosphere you can enjoy Vegan and Vegetarian cuisine as homemade. Love and fruits for all.

Address: Spain 211. Open from 9 to 14:45 and from 20:30 to 23:15

More Info


Viracocha Restaurant

Located in a very nice and quiet area of the city Viracocha Restaurant has a wide variety of vegetarian and Andean cuisine with a family atmosphere.

Address: Vicente Lopez 353. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

More Info


Vaikuntha Vegan Resto


In Vaikuntha Vegan Resto you will find a great variety of food exclusively Vegan, a combination of ingredients that will leave you astonished.

Address: Leguizamon 450. Open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

More Info

Important: Argentina is probably the only country in Latin America where it is common to find vegetarian empanadas.

So we hope you enjoy your stay in this beautiful city and of course accompanied by exquisite vegetarian options

Viejo Back I. The best steak in Salta

The best steak in Salta

As most of you know, Argentina its known for the quality of the meat and a good steak its always welcome.



Argentina is the carnivore’s paradise! There is no place in this world where you will get better meat than here. 
Argentine cows are breed in open big plains feeding from the grass with plenty space to walk. This is very different to the feedlots that are the common rule in other countries making the quality of the argentine meat superior. A prime argentine steak will have almost no fat making it more fresh and tasty.
Salta has one of the best steak houses in the country, EL VIEJO JACK, a place to go with the family, friends and with your roomates from the hostel.



The Restaurant is not far from downtown, 10 minutes walking from the main square, and they will offer you a big variety of meals, including vegetarian, at a very decent price.
EL VIEJO JACK its located at AV. del Bicentenario de la Batalla de Salta 145.


its not a place just to eat, its also a very nice restaurant to have fun with friends and your crew





Take our recommendation and enjoy a beautiful evening and an excellent meal





Would you like to know where to eat the best Empanadas in town? check our post about it here


Where to eat empanadas in Salta?

A lot has been said and written about which Argentinian province has the best empanadas.

From the broad (sometimes TOO broad) variety of flavours in Buenos Aires, the ones they cook in Santiago del Estero, up to the ones from Tucuman (us conservatives say NO to raisins in the empanadas) and even the fried empanadas from Jujuy. However, it is widely agreed that the best Argentinian empanadas can be found in Salta.

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Arriving in Salta, late at night or early in the morning

You have just arrived in the city, what should you do?

Sometimes the bus arrives late at night or very early in the morning. It is best to always have a reservation prior. its a very good option to find a place.

It can happen that the hostels are full and you can not get a place to sleep via internet.

So we recommend that you leave your bags in a locker at the bus terminal and look for a lodging soon.



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Improve your Spanish

Have you learned a little Spanish on your trip to South America?

Would you like to improve it?

This post is not only to encourage you to do our tour, it is also to help you have a more fluent Spanish language.

We want to help you improve your Spanish, not with a class, but listening to our guide and interacting with him.

Why spend time sitting in a classroom if you can do it while you are visiting the city?


Ifdestinations-la-2b you want to do it, then come and take a Free Walking Tour in spanish with us. Monday to Saturday at 10am in front of the cathedral.

Our specialized guide makes the tour in Spanish paused, as neutral as possible and in words that everyone can understand.

Why taking more Spanish classes if you can practice with a tour guide?





After the tour you can invite the guide to have a coffee or a beer and talk. He will be more than happy to accept your invitation.

come on…

lets do the walking tour together

in spanish.