Salta, part of the incredible Inca Empire

Set in a lush, green valley surrounded by dramatic landscapes, Salta was once a town part of the incredible Inca Empire. The charming colonial town marks the beginning of the Train to the Clouds, an adventure that will lead you seemingly into the heavens, hence the name. Chugging along through gorges, tunnels and bridges reaching a height of 2,400 metres above sea level, this passage is known as one of the most visually atmospheric train journeys in the world. This region also lends itself well to self-drive holidays, taking in the stunning towns and vistas at your own pace.