Jump, so beautiful that it falls in love, it is a beautiful colonial city, which also gives its name to this region of the northern Argentina Where there is much to see and do. While Isabel was convalescing her leg in the hotel and we were waiting for home repatriation, I explored the city of Jump for two days.
I started with the streets around Boutique hotel The balcony of the square, where we stayed in Salta and a few meters from the July 9 square. This is the center of the city and it is full of people walking, resting or going from here to there in their daily chores. Under the gates there are street vendors, shops, restaurants, museums, a theater and several agents of the tourist police are attentive to everything. It is a very nice place and full of history.
The center of the square is in the shade of palm trees and there are many benches to sit on, all located around fountains and a statue of a governor of Salta who fought for independence: Juan Antonio Álvarez de Arenales. Something that surprises when looking around is that the buildings are of very different architectural styles, which shows that the city has received influences from many countries. The colonial style is clearly reflected in the town hall, with its wide porch, direct legacy of the Spanish founders and one of the best preserved in all of Argentina. Today it is a national monument and houses the Historical Museum of the North. On the other side of the square stands a clearly French building by its sloping gray roof with decorated portholes and classic balustrades of Parisian airs. It is the Cultural Center America, next to which is the High Mountain Archaeological Museum. And on the opposite side of the town hall stands the Cathedral Basilica of Salta, with its baroque facade of pink tone.
The interior of this huge temple by the Franciscan architect Luis Giorgi preserves the images of the Lord and the Virgin of the Miracle, who are the patrons of the city. The faithful of Salta have much devotion to them and the streets are filled during the procession of September 15, when the miracle of 1692 is remembered in which the images saved the city from earthquakes. In addition, the remains of General Martín Miguel de Güemes also rest in the cathedral, who in this region defeated the Spanish troops on the road to independence.
Visit the High Mountain Archeology Museum It is essential if you visit Salta. This is where three famous mummies are kept. They are three children of the Inca empire that were found in 1999 on top of the Llullaillaco volcano, 6780 meters high. They were abandoned there centuries ago as a sacrifice to the gods and surrounded by a large trousseau. Only one of the three is exposed, and they are changed periodically, but before seeing it there is a good exhibition to understand the historical and cultural context. When you finally arrive in the refrigerated room, it is overwhelming to see the mummy, which is preserved so well that it seems they had found it yesterday.
Crossing the corner of the three hotels you reach the nearby convent of San Bernardo. Currently, this building from the end of the s. XVI is inhabited by closing nuns who sell pastitas, although I was left wanting to try them since the two times I went I found that it was out of business hours. Even so, it is a very photogenic place, since the San Bernardo hill Frame it from behind.