The Salado River (Rio Juramento) flows some 715 miles (1,150 km) from its source in Salta Province to where it dumps into the Paraná in Santa Fe Province. The portion of the river that runs through Salta has become famous among outdoor adventurers for its rapids, perfect for rafting and kayaking.
Most rafting trips along the Salado River in Salta begin 62 miles (100 km) outside of Salta City near the Cabra Corral Dam. Depending on recent rainfall and whether the dam is planning a dump, the stretch of raft-able river comprises some 15 class II and III rapids, making it challenging enough for intermediate kayakers yet easy enough for beginners on a tour from Salta.
It’s also possible to get a bird’s-eye view of the river by signing up for a zip-lining canopy tour, which takes participants on a high-flying adventure from one platform to another above the Juramento Canyon. With cables as high as 460 feet (140 m) above the ground and speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, it’s certainly not for those with a fear of heights.
It takes about two hours to get from Salta City to the base of the Salado River for rafting and zip-lining tours, making it an ideal day trip option.