Salta, home of delicious Locra

Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Salta - the north of Argentina. There´s definitely more of an indigenous flavour here. As far as colonial cities go, maybe it's a jewel in the crown of Argentina, but compared to Cuzco-Peru, Antigua-Guatemala, Granada-Nicaragua, Potosi-Bolivia, the city seems a bit "bitsy-piecey".

Not withstanding, Salta is a pretty city with some interesting museums and a delicious and nutritious soup called Lokra, akin to a thick pea and ham soup but made from corn, beans and ham, yellow in colour, and with an almost syrupy texture. We stay in good-value Pension Elena an old colonial building with lovely tilework in the courtyard.

We also have a strong memory of the mummified girl in the anthropological museum. She was a sacrifice by the Incas to their gods, and her mouth is wide open in a silent scream.
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