Horseback in Salta
My trip to Argentina was one I will never forget. I spent 5 days in the mountainous Salta, located in the northwestern part of Argentina. Salta is home to many buildings dating back to the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of which are now cathedrals and museums. Artifacts from the Inca civilization can be found around the city. The Andes Mountains, the longest mountain range in the world, pass through Argentina. One of the highlights of my trip was horseback riding through the northern part of the mountains in Salta. My horse jumped right into a full on gallop and kept a steady pace as we rode through the vineyards. The climate in Argentina is perfect for producing wine. The mountains help produce a micro-climate which helps the vineyards flourish. The irrigation from the melted mountain snow helps the fields maintain a healthy soil.This was a whole day affair for us and our horses. We stopped at Sayta Ranch, a small privately owned ranch next to the vineyard, to experience the Gaucho culture. ‘Gaucho’, is a skilled horseman, brave and unruly. These horsemen flourished in the mid 18th, to mid 19th century. At the ranch we enjoyed a Gauchou BBQ, where they cooked us our steak over an open fire. It was delicious! I washed down the meal with a local Malbec. We returned through the mountains and the vineyard at the end of the day.
Would you like to head to Argentina? It’s gorgeous and I would be happy to help set you up with the perfect itinerary.