Published: January 17th 2010January 17th 2010
Arrival in Argentina was not without a long 24 hours of travelling from SUcre in Bolivia but it seemed worth it when we saw beautiful blue skies and and locals wearing shorts and vests again. The Altimeter on my watch went under 1000 meters for the first time in over 2 and a half months which was interesting, I was starting to get used to the climate at high altitude.
When our bus finally stopped the clouds opened up and began to pour rain to our surprise. We were camping unfortunately so we jumpde in a taxi and made our way to the camping site. It was creeping up to 7.30pm and the daylight was beginning to seep away so we knew we had to be quick. We arrived in a huge downpour but luckily when we stepped inside the campsite the rain ceased for 10 minutes which gave us just enough time to put up the tent, we were delighted. Once we had the tent up we had wander our our surroundings and saw the gigantic swimming pool which was around 300 meters in length and around 80 meters wide. The campsite itself was quite full, mainly with Argentine families
away for the weekend. We got dinner ni the local eatery and went to bed to get some sleep. With the heat as usual I found it hard to sleep but Anne seemed to be out like a light. DUring the night there was more heavy rain and the tent started to let some in, mainly on Annes head!!
The next morning we headed into town after a swim and shower. We cleaned up the inside of the tent and bought some Waterproofing spray from a camping shop which has seemed to do the trick.
We had a good look around the city which was beautiful and found an agency where we booked a full day of horse riding on a ranch the following day. That evening we bought our first bottle of Argentinian wine and had a nice evening by the pool.
On day three we awoke to a dry tent which we were happy about and went for a quick swim before being picked up to head off to our ranch. The ranch itself was beautiful, was 30 inutes away from Salta but felt like a millions miles away.
I was indroduced to my horse and away we
went. Anne of course having complete control over her horse and my horse barely responding to anything unless the other horses did it first.
We were out for 2-3 hours before we were treated to a BBQ lunch of unlimited steak. This was undoubtably the best steak I have ever had. I must have eaten around 4 or 5 large steaks! After lunch we headed out again on the horses but this time I was given a more responsive horse, damn right it was responsive. All it wanted to do was Gallop at high speed which I was more than happy to do. This was 2-3 hours of Anne and I racing each other around in circles!!
When we got back to the camping site we were tired so headed off to bed as we had to travel to Paraguay the next day.
There are more photos below