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Salta 'Shilt and Tift'
On our third day in Argentina we arrived in Salta, a provincial capital in northern Argentina known for its colonial architecture and Andean heritage, and one of the oldest cities in the country. Founded in in 1582 by Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma as an outpost between Lima and Buenos Aires, Salta gained prominence during the War of Independence (1816–21) as a centre of resistance against the Spanish colonial forces invading from Peru. Now it’s a pleasant regional hub attracting an increasing number of tourists. To the north lies the enticing Quebrada de Humahuaca, our next destination; to the south, the Valles Calchaquí (also on the list) and the wine regions around Cafayate.
From my research back in Milborne Port it appeared that Salta and the regions around it had a lot to offer. A stopover was a must, but as usual we were short of time. As we checked into the colonial-chic Legado Mistico, it was immediately apparent that Salta was the kind of place where we could quite happily hang out for a few days, but not without chewing up valuable time. A night in transit was all we had, so the pressure was on to make the most of it. What’s more, so far on this trip I’d yet to shoot anything other than opportune street scenes in Buenos Aires. I needed to kick-start my photographic momentum with a proper set-piece productive shoot.
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