Operation Badger travel blog

giant cacti

rock formations in the desert

locals strike a pose

on top of a very big rock

You shall not pass!

After the wine regions we headed to Salta, a border town and our last stop before we cross into Bolivia. It is a quaint enough Colonial town, but of no real distinction. We´re staying next to the biggest swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere, apparently, but is it empty. It´s the size of a lake and is quite bizarre.

Again, the scenery getting here was amazing. Like a desert national park in California, full of interesting rock formations and canyons. We stopped for a bit to have a play. I don´t even know what the place was called, we couldn´t find it in the guidebook. We´ve said it before, but some of the most amazing scenery is just random places in the middle of nowhere, way off the tourist track, and when you do find it, even if it is just looking at it from a bus window, you realise that South America has a lot of tasty things to see and we are merely skimming the top.

We have found that the Internet is getting slower and slower the further north we go. It will be interesting to see how it gets in Bolivia, an official third world country. Downloading photographs takes an age, but we will keep trying to give you a taste, whenever we can...

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