A view of Salta city in Salta, Argentina.
Anita Pouchard Serra
July 12, 2022 7:06 AM EDT

Known for its stunning scenery, ­vibrant culture, and award-­winning wines, the northwestern Argentine province of Salta welcomes visitors this year with new (and ancient) experiences guaranteed to warm the soul and calm the body.

In May, one of South America’s top restaurants, El Baqueano, relocated to Salta from Buenos Aires, where it had operated for 13 years. Owners Gabriela Lafuente and Fernando ­Rivarola chose Salta for its biodiversity and will continue to bring indigenous ingredients and cuisine to the forefront, balancing a casual vibe with a world-class dining experience. Expect unusual dishes like llama carpaccio with quinoa and ­alligator gyoza.

This year also marks the 142nd anniversary of the Hotel Termas de ­Rosario de la Frontera. Located 110 miles southeast of Salta city, the hotel has seven types of thermal baths, fed by nine hot springs, and is offering tours of its historic complex to celebrate the anniversary. In the village of ­Seclantás, considered the birthplace of ­Salta’s iconic red-and-black poncho, see the newly refurbished Artisans’ Road, where some of Argentina’s finest craftspeople spin and dye wool, and weave on a traditional standing loom.

And getting here is easier than ever, with additional flights from Buenos Aires starting in May and a new route connecting the Patagonian city of Bariloche taking off in July.

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