RIDE TO THE TOP of San Bernardo mountain and overlook the valley below. The gondola ride was about $5 and originates in San Martin park. At the top of the mountain is a tiny cafe to grab a snack and a series of garden paths that wind around man made waterfalls, which sounds pretty cheesy but is quite pleasant. Salta is a nice enough place but I think it best serves as a jumping off point for further explorations of this beautiful region. I recommend a day trip to Cachi with a stop at Los Cardones National Park, just don’t hug the cactus!