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Aug 11, 2009 - Salta, Argentina

Out of Salar - to Salta. I am not quite sure how I am going to do this. Apparantly there are some one way tours that will take me from Uyuni to the other side, Tupiza, which is near the border with Argentina. The bus I will arrive to Salar in drops you off at 5 am, most tours leave about 10 am. So I will have time to figure all this out. But there are buses that run from Uyuni to Salta and from Tupiza to Salta. Accomodation 2 hostels look good, one is $9 the other...

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South America

Jun 17, 2009 - Iruya. In the land of the mighty Andes and condors

It was steady uphill until we reached the top. The bus driver stopped the bus to announce that we could get out and take photos. The wind went right through every piece of layer I had on but you had to go to the edge to look over this immense valley plateau with a deep gorge carved through the center. We were at over 4000meters. The mountains are bare with what might be a pampas grass, rough tufts that give the illusion of green. Down below there are large terraces of agriculture and a few adobe houses. Clearly no road. A few people got off...

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Argentina 2008-2009

Jun 11, 2009 - Quebrada de Cafayate

Treeana, Chris (a English/Irish couple) and I set off in the morning to get on a local bus to go part way up a canyon and bike back. Ended up the bus filled and we weren´t able to get on. We road out of town and started towards the canyon. About 6km we flagged down a truck, large dump truck to be exact, and throwed in the bikes and hunkered down in the back. Was cold and windy as we felt every bump in the road while tucked in between barrels of some sort of fluid. He took us up all the way to la Garganta de Diablo (Devil´s throat). An...

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Argentina 2008-2009

Jun 9, 2009 - Tour to Cachi

We followed a few herds of goats with a few ewes with new lambs along the road to Cachi. One lamb was so young the woman was carrying it. The goats look like boars. Lots of wild burros and a small fox that was maybe 5-10lbs. Looked just like a coyote but tinny. The landscape was really spectacular. The blue haze over the andes that surround us. The road was windy from the beginning starting at 8pm until returning at 11. We stopped at most of the small villages/towns that had their own special flare. Each with a white washed or cream...

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Argentina 2008-2009

Jun 8, 2009 - Road to Cafayate

Salta to Cafayate Got mad a the person lifting the bags into the back of the bus and asking for a tip from just the tourists... then the guy in front of me slammed the seat down onto my knees. Didn´t have much room to begin with. Oh the joys of travel. Really all that said I felt like I was decending into another country with the landscape changing from lush green hillside to desert like with color and rough jagged rock formations of the SW US. River beds with just a trickle of water and few animals along the way. Very harsh landscape and...

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Argentina 2008-2009

Jun 6, 2009 - The NorthEast: Salta

A mear 20hr bus ride brought me to Salta the capital city of the province with the same name. The NW is know for the different ambient, mix of people, food and landscape. So far it is true. When the sun came up you could see fields of winter wheat and other crops in flat valleys with long rows of trees lining the roads. It became more hilly and soon you could see the outline of the Andes in the distance. The landscape changed to rolling hills with lots of vegitation yet nearly dry river beds. After waiting forever for the right collectivo I...

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Argentina 2008-2009

Mar 18, 2009 - Salta

The next morning, we joined the others at the bus stand and took the local bus south to the provincial capital, Jujuy. Now my challenge to you is, pronounce ‘Jujuy’ and make the locals understand you on the first try! It was a short ride in a southerly direction, but we were astounded at how much the vegetation changed. We were clearly leaving the Quebrada de Humahuaca as the trees and farms along the highway became lush and green. We saw horses at almost every turn and I began to understand the attraction for the children from the big...

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Dec 29, 2008 - Off-road in the Northwest Province of Salta with the Bohns

When last we left off, our adventures in Argentina were headed back to Buenos Aires for one night after spending five nights in Patagonia. We arrived in Buenos Aires the afternoon of December 26th and headed to our hotel, Esplendor Palermo, a very small boutique hotel in the Palermo area of Buenos Aires. (NOTE: Lodging in BA is a fortune; we tried to find some good value hotels for our one night stays. We'd recommend this one simply as a place to drop your bags and head out on the town). After depositing our luggage at the hotel, we set off...

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Nov 19, 2008 - Salta, Argentina

Tim -- Ravi and I never expected to be in Salta when we started our South American trek, but there´s a lot to be said about this sizeable Argentine town. Mostly, I liked that Salta was far away from San Pedro de Atacama! But although escaping Chile is always wonderful, Salta stands up on its own as a great place to spend a day or so. We arrived in the evening and settled into a pricey hostel (we were way too sick and tired of escaping from the Chilean prison to shop around), bought some groceries, and made some dinner. This wouldn´t be...

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Nov 3, 2008 - Cafayate here we come!

Today was another drive day but not a long one and we also had the option to do a bungee on the way. There was only two people wanting to do it. We stopped to find out the price and off went the two that wanted to do it. The rest of us watched from the side. When they were done a few more decided to they wanted a go...I have to say i wasn´t one of them...but i did enjoy videoing those doing it! As we were longer at the bungee than planned we had lunch there as well and then headed off to Cafayate. It was trying to rain while we put out...

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Bridget's Trip!

Oct 31, 2008 - Argentina and the best steak ever!

Poor Helen was still feeling rough this morning and yep you guessed it we had another long drive day to do in order to get to Salta. We made it in good time to the border and were lucky to have an easy crossing. It was so easy in fact that we didn´t even have to all go into the office to get stamped out of Bolivia, Tracy was able to take all our passports for us in one go! We got our currency exchanged and walked across to the Argentinian side which was also an easy process. We had to have the truck checked for anything dodgy by the police...

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Bridget's Trip!

Aug 31, 2008 - Salta

We got another overnight bus to Salta up in the north of Argentina. The people up here look more like Bolivians (which makes sense given the proximity to Bolivia) and fewer people have the white European colouring which is common in the other Argentinian cities we have visited. They also seem to get the hottest weather in this region. We had intentionally headed to the north of Argentina instead of Patagonia in the south as it is too cold down there in winter but we hadn´t considered that anywhere might be too hot! We went up the cable car...

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