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Jul 14, 2008 - Salta - Our last stop in Argentina

Our bus ride from Mendoza up to Salta, in northern Argentina, was our longest bus ride yet. A total of 19 hours plus a 2 hour stop in Tucaman. So almost 24 hours of travel. It sounds tough enough but to help us through the "pain" we paid the extra $10 and upgraded to "Primero Execujtivo" class. Generally the standard of buses in Argentina and Chile is excellent but what this gave us was seats that folded all the way back into a flat bed plus we were served a hot dinner with wine! So after a long night/day we arrived in Salta only planning...

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Jun 3, 2008 - Salta

well this is my last main stop in argentina before leaving civilisation to headup to bolivia. yesterday i took a nice tour of the surrounding mountains, they have differnent colors and stuff because of the volcanic past of this region, and the tectonic movements of the andes. there is alot of culture here because we are starting to get closer to bolivia, is the past the native south american people here lived with a really deep cultural history. the people here look alot more like bolivians and the town itself is not as nice as other...

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May 23, 2008 - Salta, la Linda

Mit dem Bus von Tilcara nach Salta um „12:00“ was dann in Wirklichkeit 13:00 war. Dann mussten wir durch 3 Kontrollen. Der Bus kam schon zu spaet, weil er an der Grenze zu Argentienien von Bolivien aus angehalten wurde. Bei unserer 1. Kontrolle mussten wir sogar auf son „Schlitz“ fahren, so dass die Beamten unter den Bus gucken konnten. Da sagte Luc dann ganz laessig, dass sie glaubte, es waere verboten Cocablaetter nach Argenbtinien einzufuehren. Ich hatte noch ein paar in meinem Tinkbecher... Das war dann schon nen Bissl nervenkitzlig....

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May 15, 2008 - Salta, Argentina

Efter en 9 timers lang togtur naaede vi graensen til Argentina. Vi havde undervejs moedt to piger, som tidligere havde vaeret i Argentina og derfor vidste alt om hvordan vi hurtigst fik krydset graensen og kom til Salta. Det var derfor dejligt at foelges med dem:-) Vi gik over graensen, var paa imigrationskontoret og tog derefter en bus til Salta. Dette var en laaang bustur, hvor vi blandt andet blev stoppet af politiet, som soegte efter kokain. Vi skulle alle ud af bussen, og have undersoegt vores baggage. De fandt dog heldigvis ikke noget...

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Apr 18, 2008 - Salta (Argentina)

Salta was the most beautiful place I have ever visited. We went on several tours across different mountain ranges in the Andes... the scenery was like nothing I´ve ever experienced, totally stunning. There were multicoloured mountains, rocks, different patterns, colours, formations; cacti everywhere, thousands of huge climbs. I can´t even describe to you how amazing it was... I have loads of really good pictures which I will put on here as soon as I get chance. Salta town itself was lovely, just a good size and friendly. Also good food. We...

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Apr 11, 2008 - A day in and around Cafayate

Our second day in Salta was spent visiting a nearby town Cafayate. The real attraction for us however is the Quebrada de Cafayate, a red martian like canyon, north of the town. We booked a tour for 85 Pesos person (no discount for even Joani) for the tour, riding mostly on the van. The official price is 120 Pesos/person. After 1.5 hours on the van, we came to the beginning of the canyon. It reminded me of similar scenery in Arizona and Utah. The erosion from the rain formed many different shapes and gorges. There are also large cactus...

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Apr 10, 2008 - Horseriding at an Argentina Ranch

I think today will go into the children's memory as one of the highlight for the whole trip. For the first time, they rode on horses without anyone pulling the rein of the horse and they all galloped on the horse (even Joani). The day started with a nice traditional breakfast on the ranch. A spread we really like here is called Dulce de Leche, which is very much like soft carmel. It`s spread over bread together with butter -- yummy. Then we went on a three hour horse ride around the ranch. Joani was able to ride herself as the ranch had a...

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Apr 9, 2008 - Arriving at Salta, Argentina - the wild wild west

After a night of rest in Puerto Iguacu, Argentina, we were off again at 11AM for another 23 hour bus ride. This bus ride in many ways was exact opposite of the last 23 hour bus ride from Rio to Foz do Iguacu. The previous bus ride stopped frequently at every small bus station, stopped often for meals, and didn´t show any movie. This bus ride rarely stopped and each stop was so short that on one stop we had to dash madly to a supermarket to buy some food in less than 15 minutes to prevent starving like last time in Colombia. After gobbling...

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Apr 2, 2008 - Sauntering up to Salta

Hola, It´s a big country Argentina. Since our last update we have riden 1658km and when you look at a map of the whole country it doesn't look far. We are now in Salta the biggest city up here in the north and our last big stop before Bolivia. Since Mendoza we have ridden through some breath taking countryside, almost exclusively dry and arid with all the beauty and challenges that come with it. The countryside has been mostly covered with sand, gravel and scrubby vegetation, disected only with big, mostly dry, braided river beds. Despite...

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Mar 30, 2008 - Mendoza part deux, Tucuman, and Salta

Greyhound could learn a thing or two. We reclined in our chairs, read a little, and fell asleep for most of the time. The ride was comfortable and long because we had to switch buses at night, but they served us food and gave us a pillow and blanket. We got there in the morning around 9 am, took a cab to our hostel, and just crashed for real. We slept until 4 or 5 that evening. We realized we were staying in the city of Mendoza and not the surrounding areas.....and we regretted it a bit. It wasn't the same kind of experience, walking out...

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Mar 26, 2008 - Salta...slighty over-rated cos' it really sucks!

23rd to 25th March 2009 'Surrounded by verdant peaks, 1200m above sea level, Salta´s wonderful climate amd attractive colonial architecture have long capitivated visitors to the city...', well that's according to the Lonely Planet. On arriving late in the evening we both thought that Salta, was a tired city that sucked BIG TIME!!! Salta is a large city which aside from the main 'Plaza 9 De Julio' which lives up to the latter part of the Lonely Planet´s flattering description, has very little to offer apart from the tourist attraction of...

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Mar 22, 2008 - Salta!!

We got nostalgic and decided to make one more stop in Argentina and here we are in Salta. After subtropical climate of Tucumán this city feels like a breath of fresh air. We are staying in a lovely hostel with a rooftop terrace and a hammock, and that’s where we’ve been spending most of our time lying in the sun and enjoying the barbeques with that Argentinian stake and wine. Gathering energy... :) Before leaving Tucumán we went on a half day’s excursion where a man drove a group of us round the nearby areas showing some impressive scenery....

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