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Oct 26, 2007 - Salta: Pistol Pete going all John Wayne again in the hills of Salta

And the prize for the smelliest backpacker goes to... How's this for bus travel, Tamara and I take the morning bus from Puerto Iguazu heading for Salta a mere 28 hours away!! Yep, welcome to the long distance bus journeys of Argentina, thank God at least the buses live up to their reputation of 60 degree reclinable seats so you can at least almost sleep flat, food, drink and DVDs to stop you going stir crazy locked inside your tin can on wheels. A far cry from the cramped environments of the chicken buses of Central America. Well as the...

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EZ Duz it!

Oct 14, 2007 - cafayte

arrived in cafayte and the sun was shining! beautiful little village in the middle of the mountains about 2000metres. our hostel is very nice and the landlady and staff are really friendly. we changed into our shorts and went for some food. by the time we finished eating the temperature had dropped so much it was freezing cold so we ran back to the hostel n changed into jeans, jackets and wooly hat! wandered around the village for a bit after and booked a tour of the canyons for the following day. got up the next morning n went to the park...

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Leahs Lallygag

Sep 29, 2007 - Relaxing at Agua Termales "El Sauces"

Afer all our hard riding yesterday, we decided we deserved a relaxing day, so we took ourselves off to the nearby thermal baths (relatively nearby anyway - just an hour on a bus and another half an hour by taxi on the dustiest road imaginable!! - the bus straight there only runs on Sundays!). Oddly, there weren't any other tourists there(!), but we thoroughly enjoyed soaking and swimming in the thermal waters, sunbathing, eating, and talking to the litter of kittens. We made it back in time to say bye to Michelle and Rob (who are on their...

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Sep 28, 2007 - Being Gauchos in San Lorenzo

Yay, we're gauchos!!! We took a bus to nearby San Lorenzo today - which we loved!!! Michelle and Tara convinced Rob and Da to come for a three hour ride: the scenery was beautiful, and the horses great, and best of all Tara and Michelle got to help untack and then take the horses back to their grazing field, which they loved! The gauchos invited us to join them for a drink and empanadas alter, and even gave us a lift back to Salta. A very good day!!!

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Sep 27, 2007 - Salta

We caught the bus on to Salta with Michelle and Rob (Carolynn headed for Angastaco), and liked it immediately. It's hot, and has lots of pretty plazas, and doesn't feel city-like. We had a pretty lazy day (Tara spent most of it in the hostel's hammock!), and then watched a local music and dance event in the main square in the evening. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM!!!

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Sep 24, 2007 - Sunny Cafayate

Having picked up our handmade cheese, we decided to go to the local wine-making area to get some wine to go with it! Another stunning journey (once we'd gotten above the snow clouds!!), this time with cacti forests instead of trees. We met a friendly American couple, Michelle & Rob, and Carolynn from Canada at the bus station, and went to the hostel together (nice to be speaking English with other people!!). The hostel and town were lovely, and we had a bit of a wander once we'd settled in, and somehow found ourselves at the icecream shop...

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Aug 31, 2007 - San Pedro to Salta

San Pedro to Salta by Gemini bus We travalled from San Pedro de Atacama, leaving N Chile behind for about 5 minutes. Our travels take us through the Northern Argentine borders to the mighty Iguazu falls, diverting into Brazil (Sao Paulo & Rio), then dropping back down into Argentina again. The journey across from San Pedro de Atacama is about 12hrs so much of the day is spent on buses similar to those in Peru. Almost as soon as leaving the town, it stops at the Chilean border post, but we are over 200km from the border??? Ah, but there is...

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FlyingBones

Jul 21, 2007 - Argentina - Salta

After a very sweet breakfast at our hostel consisting of suger-coated croissants and rolls filled with dulce de leche we would spend the day at leisure wandering the streets before catching our bus that afternoon for our 18hr bus journey to Clorinda, and a short hop over to Paraguay.

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Jul 20, 2007 - Argentina - Valles Calchaquies - Cafayate to Salta

Our second day we stayed around the centre of the province's wine industry, Cafayate. We visited Cabras de Cafayate, a goat farm where the lovely owner took us on a quick tour of his farm showing us where the 400 goats get milked to classical music, and showed us the lucky 7 male goats who during mating season are put to the test as they are required to breed with up to 25 female goats PER DAY - thats pretty good going! After a quick tour of the goat cheese factory we got to try some of their cheeses. Normally we dont like goats cheese as...

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Jul 19, 2007 - Argentina - Valles Calchaquies - Salta via Cachi to Cafayate

Loading up our little Peugeot with our guide and a French Reunion couple we headed out at 7am. We were prepared for a lot of driving and even though we have seen stunning semi and arid landscapes in the past this was still amazing. The little dirt road was very bumpy and dusty all the way as we headed up to Cuesta de Obispo, giving us sweeping views of valley floors and peaks. Parts of the mountains looked like silk while rugged peaks and cliffs revealed their natural and colourful minerals which when the sun shines on them gives off...

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Jul 18, 2007 - Argentina - Salta

We arrived into Salta at 2pm after 22 hours on the bus from Buenos Aires. Salta was founded in 1582 and lies in a basin surrounded by some amazing mountain ranges and the most fertile agricultural land around. Sub tropical the area is host to many wineries, tobacco and market gardening farms. As we left the bus station and past the Parque San Martin towards the town centre we instantly had a good feeling for this place. Perhaps it was the fact that after being on the road in more civilised parts of South America we were once again back...

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Jun 8, 2007 - Cafayate / Cachi

Friday 8th June 2007 Rented a car with Joanna, Daniel and Marcus and headed off to Cafayate. Marcus it turned out had just split with his girlfriend and was on a diet of cigarettes, beer and red bull and we were barely out of town before he realised he had forgotten to return his hostel key and we had to return. Daniel then realised he'd left food in the fridge and before going anywhere we were heading back into the city whilst arguing about whether smoking out of the window constituted smoking in the car - things were looking promising!...

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