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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta December 20th 2011

I woke up to brilliant sunlight streaming in through the window of the coach this morning, having spent twenty three hours in transit from Puerto Iguazú. We left the thick forests of Northern Argentina behind us and had passed through rolling countryside with the mountains in the distance. I had prepared for the trip last night by cooking a couple of hamburgers and fried eggs to keep me going, even though I had been fed at regular intervals by the coach company. Once in the Omnibus terminal in Salta, I fought my way past the hordes of people trying to drum up business for their hostels to get to the information point. El Argentino Hostel had given me very clear instructions for how to get there from the bus terminal, and all I needed to know ... read more

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

An important part of traveling for most people is food. In case you don’t know me, that is the part of traveling I hate most. I HATE trying new foods! I would be perfectly happy eating McDonalds once a day for my entire trip. That is till I came to Argentina. Argentina is famous for one of my three favorite meals, steak. This is my food holy land and I love it! Besides steak, there is another food I had just about everyday, “Uno carne empanadas, por favor.” This is a pastry filled with meat, cheese and spices, I am getting hungry just writing this. BUENOS AIRES The adventure started with a week in Buenos Aires. Due to Nicci’s love of taking pictures of graffiti around the world, we booked into a high rated hostel called ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta October 29th 2011

After leaving the beautiful Cafayate behind, we headed towards Salta. We stayed at the quite nice somewhat contorted hostel "Backpackers Salta" which had multiple roof terraces, one of which we could see from our dorm as well as a garden with a pool. As a novelty, the hostel offered a free dinner which we took part in for the three nights of our stay. The food was not that exciting but it gave us a variety to our routine of cooking pasta everyday. As most Argentinan cities, Salta has a very nice main square with palmtrees, surrounded by white washed colonial houses and a very pretty pink cathedral. We did a little sightseeing but unfortunately for us, Argentina's presidential election was on the sunday we were in town and the few things that are usually open ... read more
The pink cathedral
Grim and the gondolas
View of Salta

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta October 25th 2011

¡Hola Chicos! Where did we leave off? Dusty and (hopefully not too) covered in Silica in the highest city in the world, I think. Since then we've been pretty busy and are now down in Salta - NW Argentina and soon to brave an 18hr bus journey to wine paradise Mendoza! The inbetween... After the mine and an election induced chill day in Potosi we headed to Uyuni for our salt flats (salar de uyuni) tour. The 7 hour bus journey turned out better than expected... though you don't expect a lot from Bolivian buses and this did come with a late start, cellotaped windows, plenty of dust and a good portion of off road sections (by this I genuinely mean you wouldn't take your battered Corsa here, but these guys manage to keep an impressive ... read more
Intrepid Explorers
Leigh takes to the saddle
´As you imagine Utah'

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta September 23rd 2011

Tina Writes First night in Salta we had a wee look around the main square, which was very pretty. They are very good at lighting up their buildings here. We had to eat and as there is no sign of a supermarket anywhere and with cheap steak to be had, that is what we did. We are not doing well with the backpacker budget so far, but there is very little in the way of cheap, easy to cook, food. So we both ordered steak with a side. I ordered papas a la crème, which I guessed was potatoes in cream and Rob ordered something which he thought was some kind veg but it turned out to be apple sauce! I also ordered my usual coke and it came in a 1 litre GLASS bottle. You ... read more
Salta-steak dinner
Salta-Rob on his bday (2)
Salta-Ranch cat and kittens

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

We arrived in Salta and checked into our hostel 7 Duendes. As we checked into our room i noticed a pair of rather smooth legs and some well worn green sandals and i knew...just knew who it was!! STEVE!! He had flown out for a bit of holiday because he was working too hard...yeah right. That day we caught up with Steve, had an ice cream and had a nice steak dinner in the evening. We also watched the film ´The Hangover´(i forgot how funny it was!) and i even managed to catch some of the Giants game against the Redskins which was an added bonus! Monday The plan for the day was to go see the mummy exhibition at the local museum. *mummy backstory* During the Inca rule, sacrifices were often made to the gods ... read more
The views of Salta
Steve´s hilarious diagram
My kind of establishment

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta August 30th 2011

photos from the first post photos for this post Shortly after I left you last time, I travelled up to the Iguazu waterfalls. After my last day of Spanish school a couple of guys who were also heading to Iguazu but on a different bus came out to grab a quick lunch. Lunch consisted of empanadas, the staple snack of Argentina and (apparently) South America. With either a meat or cheese centre, they are wrapped in pastry and either baked or fried. So I got 4 of these with Emerson and Mari, with an eye on the time as I had about 45 minutes until my bus was due to leave. 15 minutes later we jumped into a cab which turned round the corner into deadlock traffic. For a while... read more
Colonial Church in Cordoba
Rugged Ranges near Mendoza
Through the window

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta August 18th 2011

Unfortunately I didn't have very long to explore Salta, but from what I did explore, I got a very good feeling about the city, and could have easily spent longer there. In my short visit, I took in the atmosphere in the central plaza over long and sunny lunch. Businessmen, school children, students and everyone else in the city wandered by, making it a great place for people watching. I love all the central plazas in Argentina, which every town we visited seemed to have; it makes for such a community feel and a buzz around the place. We took a trip up the cable car for a view of this rather large city, considering our previous stops had been Bariloche and Cafayate. After a pleasant walk around the top and a ride back down in ... read more
Busy main square
View of Salta
Beautiful blue skies

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta August 1st 2011

I had been pleasantly surprised at the smoothness of my travels up until this trip....as everything seemed to be going according to plan, and I even tended to arrive earlier to places than expected. Therefore when I left for Salta from Tupiza at 8 in the morning, I was relatively sure that the estimated 8 hour journey would have me arriving in Salta before sundown.....little did I know that the Quiaca/Villazon would prove to be a 4 hour wait. Now I´m all for national sovereignty....and countries having their own border....but I think it is really archaic that I had to wait 2 hours at the Villazon border to leave Bolivia and 2 hours at the Quiaca border to enter Argentina. I think it is quite logical that someone leaves a country has to enter another country.....so ... read more

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta July 30th 2011

We had heard a lot about how good the buses were in Argentina so were slightly disappointed when our first one seemed to be outsourced to the 1970’s. Along with us, the bus was carrying a couple of tonnes of hay, the contents of a sweet shop, a puppy and another rather phlegmy man. We arrived in Salta quite late and were touted for a hostel at the bus terminal. We took their free taxi along with our fellow Canadian travellers and got to the hostel. The Canadian girls were instantly accosted by an overfriendly male resident who immediately told them of his wish to take them to a place call San Lorenzo. Slightly freaked out they wished to move on and we joined them and found our pre-determined “Casa” (house) for the night. Casas differ ... read more
Riding the cable car in Salta
At the top looking over the city of Salta
Our first view of the Iguazu Falls




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