Town & Country: Salta Sightseeing and San Lorenzo Village

4 Hours
Private Activity

From (USD) $93 Per Person (Based on 2)

Town & Country: Salta Sightseeing and San Lorenzo Village

4 Hours
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From (USD) $93 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Town & Country: Salta Sightseeing and San Lorenzo Village

      Salta, Argentina
      From (USD) $93 Per Person (Based on 2)
      • Salta Sightseeing: Your guide will show you the landmarks that surround Plaza 9 de Julio, including the Neoclassical Cathedral, and El Cabildo, once the town hall, now a museum.
      • Crafts Market: Find something truly special in this local market featuring Alpaca sweaters and scarves, ceramics, wooden masks, and hand-made silver jewelry.
      • San Lorenzo: This picturesque, tree-lined town began as a summer retreat for affluent families; today, San Lorenzo is to Salta what Beverly Hills is to L.A.
      About this Salta tour

      When the bell tolls at Salta's beautiful Church of St. Francis, it's freedom that rings.

      It was February 20, 1813. In the rugged terrain just north of town, an Argentine army seeking independence took on a Spanish army determined to deny it. The Spaniards had already lost one key battle just five months earlier, and their commander, General Tristan, had devised a strategy that would salvage Spanish pride.

      What he got instead was embarrassed. His troops were gradually pushed into a helpless position in the town square, surrounded on all sides. Yet the rebels, under the now-revered General Belgrano, assured the Spanish that no harm would come to them if they laid down their weapons and promised never to fight against Argentine liberation again. The Peruvian-born Tristan marched his troops safely out of Salta the next day with full honors, and would eventually switch sides.

      The Battle of Salta was just one day in Argentina's eight-year War of Independence, which was, in turn, just one part of a long, continent-wide liberation struggle. But the Europeans were eventually forced out. In Salta, that one day is commemorated every year on February 20th – and anytime the bell at St. Francis rings. It's the tallest church belfry in South America, and the bell inside was made from surrendered Spanish cannons.

      Earthquake insurance

      In 1692, an earthquake shook Salta, causing a statue of the Virgin Mary to fall from one of the main cathedral's towers. Miraculously, it didn't break. The Jesuits took this as a warning about a lack of adequate deference and placed a statue of Jesus, which had been neglected in the vestry for over 100 years, next to the unbroken Virgin in front of the church. There hasn't been an earthquake since.

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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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