South America - June 21st to September 2nd 2008 travel blog

Today we were up at 5am to get ready for the bus at 6am to Tucuman. Last night was again very noisey in/outside the hostel was I was very tired.

There was no staff around at 5.40am when we left the hostel, which explains why we were told to pay the bill last night, so we left the 200pesos for the room on my bed with a note saying there was no one around so hopefully that is ok - lucky we are honest.

The bus terminal was only a short walk from the hostel so that was ok.

The bus was nothing special but we didnt mind as we were expecting to sleep. The first hour or so was ok, then it seemed the bus became the local school bus as we picked up loads of really young school kids and dropped them off. Then we picked up lots of older kids, all of these just stood up knocking bags into your head as there was no seats. Finally after the kids were gone we seemed to stop for ever man woman and child next to the road. I think the last hour and half we probably didnt pick anyone up or put anyone down.

Finally in Tucuman we decided to book a bus for Iguazu for tomorrow as there is nothing worth doing here as this was just a gap stop on route to Iguazu. That bus journey will be 20 hours!

We then got a taxi to our hostel, which is the most recommended by Lonely Planet, however we were given a double bed for the two of us and sadly no ensuite. Oh and the room has a big window with wooden shutters but the window doesnt lock or fix in place at all, and there is no key for the room which seemed odd, but pointless as the window doesnt lock.

We headed into town to find an ATM so we could get cash to pay for the room and to find internet. We stopped for lunch at a pizza place, and even though I had eaten snacks and wasnt hungry I decided to buy a cheese & ham pie thing. Then we stopped for a few hours to waste the day away on the internet, and update this website.

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