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Nov 16, 2012 - Less Exciting Argentina

Today was a succession of long, straight, hot roads south to San Juan. We saw olive trees and vines, cows and goats. The area where we are now is irrigated from a large lake enabling grapes to be grown and San Juan to begin to catch up with Mendoza, Argentina's prime wine producing city. We did try to visit another 'Valle de la Luna' but there were no options to look around that fitted our schedule. We saw a few dinosaur fossils and some skeletons that were made of resin. The huge one that was an ancestor of the crocodile was rather...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Apr 30, 2010 - Notre 3ème Vallée de la Lune

...à 2h du matin, le bus pour Tucuman arrive. Notre destination finale est San Agustin del Valle Fertil. Pour y parvenir, 2 options: par le nord, un bus quitte La Rioja 3 fois par semaine. Par le sud depuis San Juan, il y a 3 bus par jour. Cafayate étant au nord, on voudrait prendre un bus à La Rioja. Aujourd'hui, on est vendredi, et le bus quitte La Rioja à 12h15 (le prochain bus par lundi...) Or, on est à plus de 12 heures de route de La Rioja. Vous voyez le problème? On doit donc descendre vers le sud jusqu'à San Juan, puis remonter vers...

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Feb 22, 2009 - San Juan - Fossils, the moon valley & a scam

It´s with great relief that I sit here writing this entry. Lessons learnt on yesterday´s excursion: 1. It costs what it costs and what price do you put on experience and wisdom gained? 2. ´Velocidad Maxima´(speed limits) are guidelines by what to multiply by 2-4 times to obtain the speed you should do or, if feeling particularly lucky, you just add a 1 to make it 3 digits!!! 3. Winding and undulating roads are times to accelerate in an attempt to get airborne and go offroad. 4. Freshly dead road-kill (horses) requires a mandatory slow-down...

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Mar 12, 2008 - San Juan!!

Our three day stay in Mendoza was filled by Vendimia, the local wine festival that celebrates the autumn harvest. We eagerly followed the selection of the wine queen LA REINA (check out the picture!), which is a bigger event among the locals than choosing Miss Finland, and that means huge! We too got a bit carried away picking our favorite from the pictures that were lined in all the shop windows and newspapers. Unfortunately, despite our fantastic election party in the local bars our favorite didn't win. :( Another Vendimia event we took...

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Mar 11, 2008 - San Juan

Gisterenavond de nachtbus genomen naar San Juan. San Juan is een vrij recente stad omdat omzeggens alles hier verwoest werd door een aardbeving in 1943. Er is dus geen enkel historisch gebouw te bekennen. De caterdraal is een draak van een gebouw en enkel de alleenstaande toren is nuttig doordat er een lift in is die je 53m hoog brengt wat je een uitzicht geeft over de stad en omgeving. Heb dan maar een bezoek gebracht aan het museum van een van de belangrijkste bodegas van het land, deze van Grafigna. Deze uit Italië afkomstige familie...

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Nov 5, 2007 - Mendoza The Road Trip

Having spent the last 4 months at the mercy of public transport, we were ready to take to the road under our own steam and rediscover the freedom of the road. Our transport for our 2 day road trip was a nifty little grey, 5 door vauxhall . Having experienced the recklessness of Argentine drivers first hand we offered up a quick pray for our safety as we hit the road with the wind in our hair (well, my hair anyway) and the promise of beautiful scenery before us. Tim has not been behind a wheel since we left home and he was relishing the...

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Apr 1, 2007 - San Augustin De Valle Fertil

The bus journey to this town was full of amazing scenery and an small town devoted to a cult figure. There is a shrine called Difunta Correa along the route. It is devoted to a soldier's wife who died while following her husband. The miracle was that her baby was found a few days later still alive. There is now a whole town with shrine devoted to her and at Easter tens of thousands of people visit this place. Dotted along the side of the roads around the country there are also other shrines where truck drivers leave bottles of water or hoot...

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Feb 6, 2007 - San Juan and Around

Hot, hot, hot. No relief. We took a car for 7 days to see the sights and also to have air conditioning. Highlights: Difunta Correa Shrine - Bizarre memorial for a woman who died while following her husband around during the civil war with her baby. The woman was found with her baby still alive feeding from the womans breast. All Argentinians pay homage to this almost Saint, and people bring water, car parts of their houses and businesses to the shrine to bring themselves good luck, or to thank her for their fortune. Shrines are found on the...

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Aug 28, 2003 - Back-seat drivers - Sniffy'sTale

Picture this; Tubs, Hairy Mom and myself, all enjoying a restful and beautiful morning after a hard season giving rides to pesky tourists. Then, without any warning, Louis starts to saddle us up, and before you know it we're ready and waiting to start on another trek - in low season! Obviously we're not happy. In particular I am really not happy. Hairy mom tries to make me feel better but even her platitudes dry up as we hear the all to familiar wheeze and rattle of the tourist van. This is worse than even we imagined - Gringos! What...

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Jun 1, 2003 - ARGENTINA: Defunct Mrs. Correa

Copyright 2004 David Rich 1100 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com ARGENTINA: D e f u n c t M r s. C o r r e a Argentina is a favorite country, not only for its food and wine but also for its superstitions. Once upon a time, about one hundred-sixty years ago during Argentina's civil wars, Deolinda Correa followed her husband's battalion through the snarly desert west of San Juan. She trudged on foot carrying their small son, food, and water in her arms, surely more than she could handle while trying to keep up with her poor conscripted husband. The...

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