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In my trip I used many airlines with different luggage allowance. So the best way was to go with only a handluggage like allowed in RyanAir. When you must, it is is possible to pack everything for three weeks in a small suitcase and very small backpack. But even with these limitations I always go with my tripod :). I hoped for nice evening shots. And I was very disappointed, most of places in Buenos Aires or Barcelona were poorly or not lit at all. The lovely town of Salta was an exception. I have read that it is the most beautifully lit town in all Argentina.

Salta is a city located in the Lerma Valley, at 1,152 metres above sea level in the north west part of Argentina. Within Argentina, Salta is the city which has preserved its colonial architecture the best.
The weather is warm and dry. January and February are the months with greatest rainfall. (There was not even drop of rain).
Nicknamed Salta la Linda ("Salta the beautiful"), it has become a major tourist destination due to its old, colonial architecture, tourism friendliness, awesome weather and the natural scenery of the valleys westward. Attractions in the city proper include the 18th century Cabildo, the neo-classical style Cathedral, and the 9 de julio central square along with San Bernardo hill, and its surroundings. The city's museums exhibit a wide range of artifacts and art work from the native civilizations that flourished in the area (Salta is located in the southernmost region of what was the Inca empire, belonging to the Collasuyu, one of the four areas the empire was divided until the Spanish conquest), as well as from the 16th century Spanish conquest and the colonial and post-colonial periods. Salta is probably the most Spanish city in Argentina by physical appearance: so much so that tourists visiting from Spain often find a strong resemblance between Salta and Andalucian cities. The local culture, however, is a blend of Spanish and gaucho (mestizo, criollo, both indigenous and non indigenous) traditions, lending the city a distinctive identity, somewhat different from the more Europeanlike metropolises to the south.

Here the San Francisco Church in blue hour.

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Close up of the facade

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