Published: June 4th 2009May 26th 2009
Big lasagna dinner by Andy a few more wine then off to a bar recommended by Daniel, the guy that works in the hostel, there was a young band playing, these kids are probably 18 years old, the sound system is crap but the band itself is good except for the vocals we enjoyed watching them show off their skills, we got bored pretty quickly though and we left at half time.The next morning having slept in we all got ready to do the Quebrada de Cafayate or Concha as others would call it, supposed to be gorgeous colors of the canyon and valleys around. Georigina got instructions on where to go from Daniel. We went to La Casa Empanada for lunch, this place is famous for their empanadas and for a reason, they have different types and boy they are to die for, the best I ever had, seriously. And for each dozens you get a free bottle of torrontes wine, the sweet wine famous in this region. From there we head off to the Quebrada, our first stop is the mirador called Las Castillos, where we can see sand dunes and of course the colorful mountains, Joe took the
rented truck close to where we are going to walk, but we were unable to find a path to wards it so we decided to leave and go to the next one but big problem, we got bogged! the soil is soft ad muddy and with us all in the truck we sank quickly, we tried to push did not work so we ended up digging and putting some sticks under the stuck front wheel got deeper and deeper! We sent Georgie and Aurelie to the road and find someone to help us, meanwhile we started digging, am greatful for my Africa experience where we dug our truck from soil, mud and sand, and put it to use here. The girls came back with two lads in a truck but the problem is it is a 2 wheel drive and we cant find a place to tug the rope in and so we cant do it, they left and the girls went on the road again, meantime me Joe and Andy kept digging the truck out and 2 hours later the girls arrived with the same dudes and a better truck, by then I was finished digging the front wheel
and put sticks and logs under neath for traction, when we got pulled it worked! We are off again, profuse thanks to the boys and we promised to take them out to dinner and drinks later in town. Disaster averted we head off to see the beautiful landscapes, we stopped briefly at points to marvel at the scenery, one of them is the Obelisk and the the other is an unmarked spot but the colors are fantastic, then as it is getting dark we hurried to the Gargantua del Diablo, and the Amphitheater and one mirador where you can see the green valley below, the scenery is breathtaking.
Back in town later we got cleaned and had our dinner of heated lasagna and salads and wine of course, torrontes in particular then we went out to meet the local guys who helped us, at the plaza we met Ezequiel from Rosario and Geronimo, we had a few drinks at a bar nearby then headed to the same bar as last night and partied like mad, Lots of local beers Salta and Norte and Quilems flowing, there is a nice fire going to keep us warm, we met other folks
from the hostel there too. We got drunk quickly and done some silly things again, rubber face off, dance show off etc, great night, one of the kids who played last night is celebrating his 18th bday so lots of young locals. Decided to head back around 5am! georgie and Andy went to another bar a disco bar me and Joe and Aurelie went back and slept, Jessica left earlier and is in our room already when we came back. An hour or so later Andy came back very drunk and noisy,woke us all up but i was so tired to interact so pretended to be asleep already. later that day around 10am woke up, had a shower and later helped Georgie prepare brunch, scrambled egg and toast and cheese, for the hangover treatment, moments later we got ready to check out and leave the town.
We prepared now to drive to Cachi via the scenic route of Quebrada delas Flecha and other quebradas that cant recall the names anymore, so i just called all the photos the same. The scenery was even better than yesterday, from the colors to the texture of the canyons, vegetations, seems like every
turn the landscape changes we kept stopping for photos. We stopped at a few small towns and had lunch at Angastaco in a hostel, the town is small and quaint. Then moved on again the scenery is still stunning but not as much anymore as earlier, the roads are winding and in some areas very narrow passes, quite dangerous. About 20 kms away from town we got stopped by locals and asked if 3 young boys can hitch with us as they cant fit in the motorbike, we obliged, 2 boys sat on the girls' lap and one in front with Andy, i held on to the bags. They got dropped off and we looked for our hostel near the plaza called Nevado something. Cheapest in the LP list and quite nice only we were made to wait a long time as the owner was having a shower, we got sorted, we chilled a bit then to dinner at Olivers near the plaza, very cold night! Dinner was excellent, went back to the hostel to rest some of us still have hang overs from last night.
A cold morning greeted us, Andy and I bought fruits for breakfast as
the girls get ready to pack and leave. had to find an internet and locutorio to book a hostel in Salta, we chose Inti Huasi and luckily they have rooms. The drive is winding but again fantastic scenery, not as colorful but quite different than yesterday, the landscape started with numerous cardon cacti standing in a desolate terrain like a landscape akin to the moon, then we went up to 3,400 meters up and down the winding roads gives you a sweeping view of the valley below and mountain peaks every now and then as the clouds move out of sight, the clouds came in and got gloomy and cold, later we stopped at a small town for lunch then headed on to Salta.
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