12.05.2014 - 17.05.2014 15 °C
Last time I wrote we were in the South of Argentina near the end of the world. This entry is from the North, close to the borders of Bolivia and Chile. Such a contrast in landscapes but equally as beautiful!
We are back in Buenos Aires and staying at Riva Urban lofts again which kind of feels like home :-). Today was the first day we did absolutely nothing and it felt really good! We found a lavanderia to wash our clothes and grabbed some yummy lunch at a place on 9 de Julio.
We came back and did some planning, sorting out our budget, where are we going next etc... We have come up with a pretty cool plan and fly to Salta in the north of Argentina on Wednesday!
Another lazyish day. Booked accommodation in Salta then headed to Aerolinias Argentinas to confirm our flight for tomorrow.
Yuri's back was really hurting so we tracked down a masseuse inside of a hairdresser and when I came out of my massage all of Yuri's hair had been chopped off! Yay!
So we boarded another flight and headed to Salta in the north of Argentina. We're planning to spend a couple of days there before making our way back down to Buenos Aires by bus!
It's a beautiful town and we are staying in a gorgeous B&B called Bloomers. We've booked tours for the next 3 days so already we've decided to extended our stay!
Up at the crack of dawn for a day tour to the south of the north if that makes sense... The mini van picked us up just after 7 and the group was about 10 in total, the majority of folks were from Argentina just doing some sightseeing in their own country!
Last week we were in El Calafate checking out a glacier and today we are heading to Cafayate on La Ruta de Vino to drink wine and see some amazing landscapes. This part of Argentina is different to anything I've seen of the country before and boy is it amazing! The drive to Cafayate was spectacular, we visited Devils Throat (Garganta del Diablo) an old amphitheatre in amongst the rocks that has such good acoustics that they still hold small concerts there. We got to an altitude of about 3500 metres today and Yuri was chomping on coca leaves to help him adjust to the heights which he just bought from a kiosko! We ended the trip at a Bodega (winery) an sampled some beautiful Malbec wine. I couldn't help myself so I bought a bottle. I'll just have to make sure I drink it before we leave Argentina which I don't think will be a problem ;-).
Up again at the crack of dawn for another tour of the north of the north which they call the Salinas Grandes tour. Only 4 of us this time which was nice and I was the only one that required the English translation ;-).
We got up to an altitude of 4170 metres today - bloody hell! Again Yuri was chomping on coco leaves - he swears it helps with the altitude, it does nothing for me..
Again, the scenery was just spectacular and the pictures we took were amazing! We saw llamas and ostriches. The highlight of today was seeing the Salinas Grandes (salt flats). This has always been a dream of mine. We were going to try and get to Bolivia to see the salt flats in Uyuni but when we found out Argentina have their own, we were sold!
We are staying in a tiny little town for the night called Purmarmarca! It's litterally about 5 blocks in size and in the middle of nowhere but they have wifi! We'll be picked up from here tomorrow morning for another day tour to explore more of the north.
We started our day a little later which was nice. We left Purmarmarca at about 10:30 am in a bus with about 15 other tourists. There are only 4 of us that speak English...
First stop was the town of Tilcara where we took a small hike to the top of a hill to see an old city built in the hills and a view of the surroundings - beautiful!
Our 2nd stop was the beautiful town of Humahuaca where we spent 2hrs exploring the town and had a delicious lunch there.
Our last stop was San Salvador de Jujuy which was just a city so not much to report...
Lots of travelling and amazing sights seen over the last few days which still blows our minds! It makes us realise how wonderful pachamama (mother nature) really is!
We are back in the city of Salta staying at Bloomers again. We'll spend a few days here recharging before heading down to Cordoba.
What I have written doesn't do justice to what we have seen so I hope the photos do!