Salado River (Rio Juramento)
Running for some 715 miles (1,150 kilometers) from its source in Salta, the Salado River (Rio Juramento) is famous for its Class III rapids, which offer a medium level of intensity that’s ideal for white-water rafting and kayaking.
White-water rafting trips on the Salado River typically include safety equipment and full instruction, and tend to pass up to 15 Class II and III rapids; rafting also offers spectacular views of the red-rock canyons and distant Andes Mountains. If you’re looking to satisfy an appetite for adventure, choose a day trip that combines white-water rafting with ziplining over the Juramento Canyon, which reaches heights of up to 460 feet (140 meters) and offers a bird’s-eye view of the river.
Things to Know Before You Go
White-water rafting trips on the Salado River are suitable for first-time rafters.
Tours typically spend around two hours on the water so a moderate level of fitness is recommended.
Rafting and ziplining are a family-friendly activity that’s suitable for kids over the age of 10.
Bring a swimsuit, change of clothes, and a towel for rafting tours, and comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes if you’re ziplining. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent are also recommended.
How to Get There
Most rafting trips along the Salado River begin near the Cabra Corral Dam, around 62 miles (100 kilometers) south of Salta or a 2-hour drive. Day tours from Salta typically include round-trip transport.
When to Get There
It’s possible to raft all year round in Salta, though the water can be extremely cold in the winter months. If you do take a tour between June and August, wetsuits are nearly always provided.
Outdoor Activities around Salta
The otherworldly landscapes of Salta provide a great backdrop for outdoor activities. Hikers can scale the summit of Cerro San Bernardo, venture further afield to the Hill of Seven Colors in Purmamarca, or explore the red-rock ravine of Quebrada de las Conchas. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, head to Dique Cabra Corral lake, a popular spot for bungee jumping and jet-boat rides, or try sandboarding at the Los Medanos sand dunes.
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- Los Cardones National Park
- Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes)
- San Francisco Church
- Historical Museum of the North (Museo Historico del Norte)
- Cultural Center of the Americas (Centro Cultural America)
- San Bernardo Convent
- San Bernardo Hill (Cerro San Bernardo)
- Cathedral of Salta
- Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo)
- San Lorenzo
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- Calchaqui Valley
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