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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta September 27th 2018

Argentina! The last country to visit on our trip and the realisation that soon we will have to merge back in to normal life! (I know what you're thinking!) Our entry in to northern Argentina became a bit pricey when we should have done changed our leftover Bolivian money in before crossing the border and we lost a fair bit money when paying for our bus tickets with Bolivian money and exchanging the rest with some old lady selling sweets. Oh well, lesson learnt! Our transition from Tupiza to Salta was smooth although it took all day. We had a huge thunderstorm on the way which was also the first rain we had since northern Colombia, basically two months with no rain! The first impression of Salta/Argentina was that there is a lot more of ... read more
Garganta del Diablo
Winery Cafayate
Landscape To Cachi

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta June 18th 2017

Suzanne here... I was slightly dubious about spending18 hours on a bus, but it was by far the cheapest way to get up to Salta. In fact it wasn't too bad. As we moved north the scenery changed to plains and mountains, looking much more like the Argentina of my imagination. We did pass a double-decker bus by the side of the road which I can only described as decapitated. The prospect of an overnight bus didn't thrill me after that. But it was fine. Even if it did take 20 hours in the end. We finally arrived at Salta. Our first job was to book onward tickets to Chile. Unfortunately due to a storm the mountain pass was closed and they could not confirm whether or not the bus we wanted would be running. This ... read more
Iridescent clouds above Salta
So many horses, glad we weren't cleaning afterwards
Another town, another cable car ride

South America » Argentina » Salta April 3rd 2017

So I flew into Salta, Argentina. First things first a dog was very interested in my pack coming off the airplane. We could all see it and everyone was looking at me. My first thought was the dirty clothes. I had not done laundry since before Uyuni and things were getting a bit ripe. So They tore into my pack. It ended up being the chamomile/coca tea. I still had a few teabags left from Peru when I was bit sick. Though not illegal I was told I could not sell it. So I wont be bringing any home this time around.Salta is where the people of Buenos Aires take short vacations. It’s a bit like Napa Valley. With the help of Google translate and a friendly old man, I secured a couple of day trips ... read more
Dinner time
On the way to Cachi
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South America » Argentina » Salta December 4th 2016

29.11.2016 Laguna Colorado Am morgen machten wir uns auf den Weg Laguna Colorado - Bolivian Alteplano. Eine unebene Straße über Stock und Stein ging es ein paar Stunden durch den Nationalpark. Wir sahen die Blaue Lagune, viele Flamingos und vor unserer Übernachtung in einem "Hostel" gingen wir noch auf eine Aussichtsplattform um den Sonnenuntergang zu bewundern. 30.11.2016 Auf nach Chile - Atacama Wüste. Vorm Boarder machten wir kurz noch einen Stopp und legten eine Lunchpause ein. Kurz bevor wir zusammen gepackt hatten - kam ein Sandsturm. Nachdem wir startklar waren- fuhren wir über die Grenze nach Chile nach San Pedro de Atacama. Nach der langen fahrt wollten wir nur noch ein Dinner und dann ins Bett (ein sehr gemütliches Bett und schönes Zimmer) 1.Dezember 2016 Der erste Dezember steht vor der Tür - jedoch haben wir ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta October 16th 2016

Leaving San Pedro de Atacama we made our way up the 34km hill to the border of Bolivia, with temperatures hovering around the 2 degree mark until we reached the Argentina border with no problems and the day warmed up to the low 30's as we made our way to Purmamaca for the night. The altitude had knocked Nikki around a bit, so she didn't join us for dinner, as she opted for an early night, her husband, Radar, kindly took her some leftovers to snack on during the night. It was such a great ride over the Paso Jama with views and riding to die for, we made numerous stops to rest our butts and to enjoy what nature had thrown at us. We stopped on the Salar (salt lake) to take some fun photos, ... read more
The Altoplano
Radar looking cool.
Another rest stop in no mans land

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta September 30th 2016

Monday, 12thSept. thru Wednesday, Sept 28. Hola from Argentina, where the food is good, the wine is better and the people are helpful and friendly. We have had a lot of fun with random persons met over the past two weeks. Waiters, waitresses and taxi drivers have been especially helpful as we fumble along with our our limited Spanish. We are always smiling and laughing and this just attracts like minded people. Observations worth mentioning, Graffiti is rife, we have always felt safe in BA, also most Argentinian girls are tiny and wear ridiculous 5" platform shoes to compensate for their lack of height. Our last two days days in BA before the long trek North; the decision is made to hang around the apartment, relax and leave only for lunch and tango lessons. Outside it ... read more
The orchestra at milonga Matilde3
Our favorite barmaid and waitress, Flor
Malcolm and I with our incredibly patient Tango teachers, Lucia and Gerry

South America » Argentina » Salta » Cachi July 21st 2016

Even though it's a route frequented by tourists, most of the 157 km stretch from Cafayate to Cachi is unpaved and there is no direct bus (see map). Suggestions of how to get between the two ranged from going all the way back to Salta first (see map below) or taking 2 days by making use of the limited, semi-daily transports. I took an 11AM bus to Angostaco via the famous route 40 (think route 66) and the scenery on this leg of the trip- especially the Flechas (rocks that look like arrows) - made the rest worthwhile. I made the mistake of getting off the bus at the town itself rather than at the junction with route 40, which added another km or two to my walk. Once back on the road I started walking ... read more
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Flechas
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Cafayate July 21st 2016

The Cafayate (CAH-fah-SCHA-tay, as the Argentinians pronounce it) valley is one of the finest wine regions in Argentina. There are around 20 public bodegas (wine factories) in and around town; the valley floor and surrounding hills are covered in vineyards. The 4 hour bus ride from Salta was stunningly beautiful, especially in the tight, broken valley (Quebrada del Río de Las Conchas) about 20 km before Cafayate, with moonlike eroded rock formations like parts of the American West. It's possible to return to do tours and treks, or to rent a bike and ride there from Cafayate, with proper bike trails part of the way. The town itself isn't much- mainly a cluster around route 40 that's a hub for tourists and bodegas. The quality of the wine at the bodegas varies quite a bit- some ... read more
Vineyard with Clouds and Quebrada
Waterfall Trail
Red Rocks

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta July 14th 2016

I just used Salta as a hub for visiting Tilcara to the north, Cafayate to the south, and Cachi to the west. The city is comfortable and pretty and genuine, with countless food stalls near the long park by the bus station. There's a teleférico that goes up a big hill for nice views and a parallel trail that's a 40 minute stair hike. To make up for the unavoidably expensive taxi in Iguazu, I walked to and from the airport in Salta. There was a bike trail along the road most of the way and it took about 2 1/2 hours. ... read more
Tacos!

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta March 29th 2016

Da wir nicht nochmals 19 Std. mit dem Bus fahren wollten, haben wir uns den Luxus eines 1,5stuendigen Fluges nach Salta gegoennt. 1582 gegruendet und nicht wie Mendoza durch Erdbeben zerstoert, zeigt sich die Stadt mit hellen Kolonialbauten und barocken Kirchen. Hier mieteten wir wieder ein Auto um den Nordwesten Argentiniens kennenzulernen. Wir besuchten Orte wie Cafayate, Cachi, Tilcara, Uquia, Humahuaca und Purmamarca. So klangvoll wie die Namen, so spektakulaer ist das, was die Natur zu bieten hat. Ueberzeugt Euch selbst!! Nach diesem Naturschauspiel fliegen wir morgen nach Buenos Aires.............. read more
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