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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta June 10th 2011

There are numerous agencies in Salta offering excursions to the Salinas Grandes, San Antonio de los Cobres, Cachi, Cayafate and Humahuaca, but most places of interest are three and a half to four hours away. It would be best to spread a trip over two days and pass a night en route. Purmamarca is said to be a good base for exploring the Salinas. We hadn't allowed for that extra night in our schedule, so we decided to stay closer to Salta. We took a 30 peso taxi ride to San Lorenzo, a nearby village. The driver dropped us at the Tourist Office. We asked if they had a map. The man smiled disarmingly and said no, they had nothing. San Lorenzo is essentially a large settlement of detached houses with trees, pools and lawns, cut ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta June 9th 2011

Balcoce is the main street for penas, folk music venues. The hotel told us about an authentic local club that's further from the centre of town, but it's quiet during the week. It was recommended for Friday. We opted for the Panaderia de Chuna on Balcoce. It clearly expects tourists, but last night most of the non-Saltenos were from Argentina or Brazil. We were the only Brits. We know because the first singer asked where everyone was from and there was a round of enthusiastic clapping for each answer: Buenos Aires (applause), Rosario (applause), Londres (applause). There were several locals too. We took the opportunity to sample humitas, tamales and a local white wine, Torrontes. The entertainment opened with a set of Argentinian songs, all characteristically charged with emotion. Every lyric included the word "corazon". The ... read more

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta May 14th 2011

After our train and bus trip we arrived in Salta and settled into our Hotel which was a 10-15 minute walk to the main square. This is the 1st time we have not stayed close to the city centre. Once in the city centre we got our orientation walk from Betzy and noticed all the one way streets and 2 walking malls. There were many shops and good quality goods inside. We walked down San Martin Avenue to the centre. The footpath was wide and level (a little different to Bolivia) and clean. There were a few stalls on the way as well as a small lake, water feature and bridge. Once in Plaza 9 Julio, the main square, Tom and I spotted a coffee spot with outside tables and chairs. It was a beautiful ... read more
Train at Villazon - southern Bolivian border town
Villizon bus station
Cacti landscape from train to Salta

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta May 5th 2011

Disaster strikes....... Ok, so from Mendoza we umm..ed and ahh..ed whether to cross to Santiago (Chile – the country not the weather! ) or head up north in Argentina and investigate more wine regions.......and so we headed north h!!! First stop was Tucuman – to be honest not too much to write home about, but I needed a break as we had been on a bus for 14 hours and I wanted to catch a glimpse of the royal wedding......I know the worst republican ever, but I wanted to check out the dress!!! Anyway this place had a nice central square and we even saw some protests going on, we then headed north again to the quaint (and my favourite spot so far in s America) little village of Cafayate. It is total wine country and ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta May 1st 2011

Tras nuestro paso por el norte de Argentina, bordeando la cordillera de los Andes, llegamos a la frontera con Bolivia. La llegada fue a Villazon pueblo fronterizo a las 7:00 y un frio terrible. Todos los extranjeros haciamos cola para el visado en la frontera y tiritando mas de media hora en la calle hasta que entramos al pais. El cambio fue brutal, Bolivia parece parada en el siglo XVIII, solo algunas ciudades son modernas, pero los pueblos cuentan con muy pocas comodidades. Las Carreteras son la mayoria de tierra, menos las que unen la Capital con otras importantes. Por la zona que hemos estado (en el altiplano) hay una mayoria de poblacion QUECHUA, facilmente reconocibles por sus vestidos (sobretodo mujeres, llamadas CHOLITAS) Nuestro primer destino ha sido el Salar de UYUNI, un lugar alucinante, ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta April 26th 2011

Desde Rio de Janeiro volamos a las Cataratas del Iguazu, que hacen frontera entre Argentina y Brasil, y 1 km, rio arriba se une con el rio Parana donde se unen las fronteras de Brasil, Argentina y Paraguay, en un triangulo (ver video) Las Cataratas se pueden visitar del lado argentino o del lado Brasileño. Nosotros decidimos cruzar la frontera a Argentina y nos pareció mucho mejor una vez visto desde este lado, porque ves dos zonas de Cataratas. El recorrido por el parque nacional es de 8 horas, mientras que en Brasil son 3h. Hay un paseo en lancha debajo de las cataratas (te meten debajo de una practicamente, salimos chorreando de agua) y te permite ver la "boca del infierno" desde una pasarela practicamente encima (VER VIDEO). Esto ultimo es indescriptible, parece que el ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta April 25th 2011

Igaucu Getting to Igaucu from Rio took 22 hours on the coach, but we were used to long haul journeys by now, so it wasn't too bad! Unfortuneately we didn't have time to see the Brazilian side of the falls and make it back to the border crossing, as we were told the border closed at 7pm, so we crossed straight through to Argentina with no problems and headed straight to our hostel. It was huge and more like a hotel to be honest, it even had a swimming pool, which we were impressed with, it seemed like luxery to us compared to some of the places that we had been in previously!! At the hostel we bumped into one of the girls that was with us during carnaval, so we all shared a bottle ... read more
Gang of coatis
Coati
First view

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta April 21st 2011

Nach langer Abwesenheit wieder ein Lebenszeichen aus Suedamerika...Leider ist die Internetverbindung in Bolivien (zurzeit in La Paz) recht schlecht, Fotos folgen spaeter! Nach einer wunderschoenen Busfahrt durch die Anden kam ich puenktlich zum Osterfest in Mendoza an. Schoenes und warmes Wetter erwartete mich, und die Aussicht auf jede Menge Wein. Deshalb ging es am naechsten Tag auf eine Weindegustation mit dem Fahrrad. Nach einem Weinmuseum, einer Schokoladenfabrik und dem Biergarten machten wir uns auf zur ersten und leider auch letzten "Bodega". Nach der Degustation wurde im Radverleih "Mister Hugo" gratis Wein ausgeschenkt, weshalb mir das Aufstehen am naechsten Tag eher schwer fiel. Das Highlight hinter mir verbrachte ich den Tag mit Erkunden der Stadt mit Museum, vielen Parks und am Abend fanden in der ganzen Stadt gratis Klassikkonzerte Stadt. Nach 4 Tagen Mendoza ging es wei ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta April 9th 2011

This is somewhat of a delayed and short blog but heres Argentina and Bolivia! The photographs particularly the salt flats are good though! First stop in Argentina is the Argentinian side of the great waterfalls Iguassu Falls. Surprisingly very different perspective as it was possible to walk next to the falls, rather than from the Brazillian side looking over the canyon to the waterfalls. The falls are just a magnificent and vast natural beauty! Bolivia First stop is the train cemetary, this is where the trains (unfortunately some of the trains here are ours!) were sent to when they were no longer used or useful and the trains are just left here to rust away- did provide a great Toucan tour group shoot though! Next the salt flats, the part that we have heard so much ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta April 8th 2011

We got into Salta at 9pm on the Friday and took a taxi to the hostel we had booked. Unfortunately, and rather annoyingly, there were no beds for us as some guys had missed their bus and so needed to stay an extra night. The hostel guy, to give him his dues, rang a place around the corner for us called Exxes, who did have space and a better deal in fact, so we wandered over, got showered and went out in search of dinner. The area we had to walk through to the centre of town seemed a little on the dodgy side – a sketchy park, badly lit, random groups of people hanging around watching your every move – but as we moved north of the park, it became much more pleasant with low ... read more
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