CIEE Buenos Aires Study Tour - Fall Block III

Click to scroll down and read more

Lying in the Lerma Valley, Salta is the capital city of the homonymous province. It is situated in one of the most fertile areas in this region. It is located at 1,187 meters above sea level. Summer in Salta City is mild and winter is temperate and dry, with an annual average temperature of 22ºC, making the city an ideal place to live or visit year-round. Founded in 1582 by Governor Hernando de Lerma of Tucumán, today the city is commonly known as Salta la Linda (Salta the Pretty). The city’s name originates from the word sagta, which means beautiful in the language of the Aymara indigenous people. Unlike other Argentine cities, Salta didn’t witness a wave of mass immigration. However, this also made it possible to maintain the traditions of the Diaguita-Calchaquí  indigenous group and other Inca tribes.

The Hispanic architecture of the city stands out from the other cities in the country. The colonial spirit from the times of the foundation remains in its houses, streets, hundred-year-old monuments and narrow sidewalks surrounded by the nearby mountains. It’s a city where the old converges with the new and where the old comes out on top. Arriving from Buenos Aires, you’ll instantly notice the laidback lifestyle of Salta. Time often feels as though it has stood still around the cobblestone streets of the city center, which is boasts colonial architecture. Tradition runs deep here, most notably during Carnival, when locals hit the streets to pay homage to Pachamama, the Incan goddess of fertility.


Click to Open


This museum shows an invaluable archaeological discovery discovered on the summits of Llullaillaco volcano, one of the sites chosen by the Inca for their ritual ceremonies. Because they were located at 5,000 or 6,000 meters high, the Llullaillaco burials had managed to escape the destruction of the conquering campaigns. In 1999, a group of North American, Argentine and Peruvian scientists, led by researcher Dr. Johan Reinhard, made an expedition to the volcano and discovered the sanctuary. Come and immerse yourself in the Inca culture.

The province of Salta has one of the highest populations of native people in Argentina. Cultural diversity and access to health are fundamental for public health policies. The San Bernardo Hospital is a pioneer in training hospital staff to generate improvements in care and in the relationship between health and native patients. The San Bernardo Hospital was inaugurated on February 20, 1960 as the Acute General Public Hospital and is to this day the highest-level hospital for adults in the Province of Salta. San Bernardo Hospital sees average of 1000 patients per day.


Learn about the secrets of winemaking while discovering the best of the Cafayate region. Located at 1660 m, Cafayate stands out for the production the famous Torrontés wine thanks to its exquisite combination of temperature and humidity, which are ideal for the development of the grape with sweet, deep and fruity flavor. Encountering the streets, houses and especially the people of Cafayate is a very pleasant experience. Admire the incomparable architecture of its cathedral, the flowery main square, the picturesque stone mill. Through a guided tour by a business manager, learn how a traditional business currently works.

The Peña offers the most authentic Salta traditions. Music, singing and dancing are typical, and you can see the joy of a people that knows how to be spontaneous and share with those who visit. While the regional foods of this friendly area are savored, the instrumental and vocal sounds of excellent artists from Salta invite you to follow the rhythm with handkerchief, napkin or feet.

Free Time Suggestions


There are always many ways to get to know Salta, the Pretty. In this case, a very novel one: Tourist Bus Salta. In addition to touring the city in another way, as this new service has developed, it includes the possibility of observing the provincial attractions on modern LCD screens built into the interior of the bus.


Located in San Martin Park, this complex was built between 1987 and 1988 on the hill that, because of its strategic position, overlooks the entire city of Salta and part of the Lerma Valley.

At the top, the architecture is in harmony with with the landscape and the lush vegetation. The terraces and balconies of the complex built with the stones from the hill give wonderful panoramic views. In the distance, you can see the roads to Cafayate and Campo Quijano, the World Cup stadium, and the outskirts of the city. The cupolas of the churches of La Merced, San Francisco and San Alfonso, as well as the Cathedral, are easily distinguishable from the hamlet, as well as the Cabildo and the rest of the buildings surrounding the 9 de Julio square. The San Bernardo hill complex offers different opportunities to discover the Salta capital.


From the old cabildo, the Historical Museum of the North keeps real treasures of Salta’s indigenous culture and the colonial period. It is one of the most important museums in the country for the wealth of its collection, which spans centuries of Argentine and South American history. The museum is located next to the 9 de Julio square, in what was the cabildo. Crossing the threshold into  the silence of their courtyards inevitably transports us to another time and place.


The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.

Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:

ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.

RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.

IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.

EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.

DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.


CIEE Open Campus Block Program

Apply now to begin your study abroad experience