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Dec 26, 2004 - Salta, Argentina

The day after Christmas we had a 4 am bus to the Bolivia/Argentina border. The border crossing itself was very quick and easy. Despite the fact our bus was packed to capacity (over capacity, actually) we and the English couple (Steve and Cathy) from our tour were the only people going to Argentina. We bought direct bus tickets to Salta, 7 hours from the border. However, when we got to a town called Jujuy 5 hours into the trip, everyone else on the bus got off. When we asked what was going on, the 4 of us were informed we had to change...

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Dec 4, 2004 - Into Argentina

Crossed over from Bolivia into Argentina. Near to the border, the truck stopped and we could hear the tour leader shout "donde esta Argentina?" ("Where is Argentina?") to a passing local. Asking directions to a rather large country does not inspire much confidence does it? It´s a quote that will stick in my mind for some time though. One past the dodgy town at the border, it was soon obvious that we were in a more "western country" - for example the school kids playing football all had proper kit rather than any old t-shirt, etc. Definitely...

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Nov 19, 2004 - Free day in Salta - waiting for bus to go home

Nov. 19, free day in Salta and bus trip to Reconquista Kevin and I spent last free day in Salta doing our own things. I got up early to visit several museums. While I was at the cabildo, the old town hall situated on one side of the main plaza, a demonstration outside caught my attention, and unable to concentrate due to the noise and my curiosity, I ventured out into the bright sun to see what was happening. From what I could tell, it was a high school class celebrating the end of the term, but there was also something else going on. The...

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Nov 17, 2004 - Excursion to Cachi, little town in the Andes

November 17, 2004, excursion to Cachi It rained overnight and we walked out to the tour bus with raincoats on. The guide, José again, promised once we crossed the mountains there would be sun in Cachi. We drove up some winding switchback roads that shortly after leaving Salta were nothing more than graded dirt. I asked José about these roads and he explained that in early 2001, the province began paving two of the area's mountain roads. In late 2001 when the peso exploded and fell from its 1-to-1 value with the US dollar, the projects were...

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Nov 15, 2004 - Cafayete to Salta

November 15, 2004, Cafayete to Salta To be perfectly blunt, the excursion from Cafayete to Salta was a bit of a wash. We paid a lot of money for an excursion from Cafayete to Salta (versus taking a bus) because it included visits to some bodegas. We visited a bodega the night before (an unexpected surprise) and could have walked to two others on our own (which we didn't know). The tour picked us up at noon, so Kevin and I spent the morning doing our own things. He went to visit the musician at his shop, bought a flute and got a quick...

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Nov 14, 2004 - Excursion from Tucuman to Cafayete

November 14, 2004 (Tucumán to Cafayate) A new guide, Alejandro, picked us up at our Tucumán hotel at 7 a.m. We put our luggage into the back of the five-passenger van and introduced ourselves to the German couple already inside. They spoke English, and the fellow spoke some Spanish. South America, it turns out, is his favorite travel destination and this was his fifth four-week vacation to the continent. The woman, however, didn't speak any Spanish and Alejandro asked me if I could help translate. I told him I'd be helping Kevin anyway, so...

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Nov 8, 2004 - Salta

Oh, this was my favourite bit.... A colonial town, with painted houses around a beautiful square. Went up to the hills surrounding Salta and further north to Jujuy, extraordinary beautiful landscape. Barren mountains coloured by minerals, massive chunks of green, red, orange, yellow rock. Saw ruins of pre Inca indians, who sacrificed their own children to their gods, believing that to give life would be to receive life. Saw remote Indian village, Iruya, hidden in a valley, a 3 hour drive on unpaved road. Walked to the top of the village,...

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Kath in London

Oct 26, 2004 - Salta

Ellen: Such a nice town! Salta was a pleasant relief and welcome, that's for sure. The six of us (now with Emma and Ian from England whom Roland and Tracey had met in Galapagos and had also been stuck in Uyuni) got rooms in the hotel Roland had reserved. Great location, and there were beds! Yes, just beds, but not train or bus seats is what I mean! Kevin and I were soon leaving on an overnight bus we booked upon arriving in Salta, so we only had a few hours in the morning to wander before meeting everyone for lunch. We walked through the...

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Jul 18, 2004 - Salta, Argentina

Written by Karen: Ted became congested again during the tour to Calilegua, and overnight he got really sick again. Today we needed to check out of the hotel in Jujuy and head to Salta, but Ted felt so bad that all he could do was lay on the sofa in the hotel lobby until it was time to get the bus to Salta. In the meantime, I bought our bus tickets, called ahead to the hostel in Salta so they would pick us up from the bus station there, and did some souvenir shopping including a llama wool sweater for Ted who didn't have enough warm clothes...

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Apr 18, 2004 - Cusco and Machupicchu and I am back in Salta

Just hangin out in the beautiful city of Salta these days. I have fallen in love with this city. There is so much to do here and in the surrounding countryside. I have been taking day trips to spectacular places, spending much time on my bike, and hitting the water a little on ski. The days I spend in the city of Salta are so much fun. I have been teaching english classes to three groups of fantastic students, one group of kids, one of teens, and one adult class. I have been getting spanish lessons in exchange for my time teaching. The...

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FINDING MY WAY

Mar 25, 2004 - Me encanta Buenos Aires! Off to Salta mañana.

Well so far it has been three wonderful days here in Buenos Aires. I absolutely love this city, Me encanta! I just have one question in my mind...why do not more people come down here? This truly is the Spanish culture I have always wanted to live in. Why would anyone want to go to Spain over this place? The food is out of this world, the people are so friendly, and it is incredibly inexpensive. The city of Buenos Aires is the ultimate fusion of South American flair and European culture. The cafes, the parks, the passion, and the laid back...

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FINDING MY WAY

Aug 3, 2003 - Fancy a cuppa mate

I know travelling is all about adventure, new experiences and having to rough it sometimes, but as we reclined our seats on the Argentinian bus and tucked into fresh crusty bread rolls with cheese, we realised we were far happier with a few home comforts. I mean tarmaced roads and fresh bread aren't exactly the pinnacle in terms of luxuries, but after weeks of dust tracks, rice and numb limbs, this was like travelling in Business Class. Our first Argentinian city was Salta and it was here that we said goodbye to Rose and Martan, who were...

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