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The North of Argentina

Salta

sunny 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!

12th May
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!

13th May
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!

14 May
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!

15 May
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 ;-).

16 May
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.

17 May
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!

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Posted by sandyandyuri 09:07 Archived in Argentina Tagged landscapes mountains argentina salta salinas_grandes Comments (0)

It's only been 10 days, does anyone miss us yet?

London and Argentina

all seasons in one day

We left 10 days ago and boy have we accomplished a lot in that time! 6 flights in 10 days and we have already seen some amazing things....

So let me start at the beginning.

London:
3rd and 4th May 2014

The day has finally arrived! The flight to Singapore was ok, we got to sit in a 2 seater which was good. Service on Singapore airlines was outstanding! We were delayed slightly from Singapore to London which worked out ok as we got to stretch our legs for a bit which was good.We arrived in London bright and early, headed to Earls Court (Riz Guesthouse) to drop off our luggage as check in wasn't till 2 pm.We then headed to Piccadilly Circus (feeling very tired and smelly) and took a walk around. We headed to a pub where we finally got a wifi connection and were able to contact home! After a quick lunch we headed back to our accommodation. Riz Guesthouse is very small but it has everything we need. It's very clean and in a great location so we are happy. We both turned into zombies in the afternoon, had a quick dinner and then passed out!
5th May 2014!
Woke up at about 5 am to find out that Eric & Anna had a baby girl called Emily Sofia! She arrived about 2 pm on her due date! I spoke to Mum and then Yoz an I headed out for a lovely breakfast. Yuri then managed to speak to Eric which was good and we are now on our way to Harry Potter World!!!!
So HP World was freakin amazing. Just seeing the Great Hall, Dumbledore's office and Diagon Alley was in itself very cool! We spent a few hours there soaking it all in. Yuri was such a good sport playing photographer for me but he really seemed to enjoy it too :-).
After HP we headed to Holland Park to visit Netto & Mel as well as meet baby Jonah. He looks so much like Sebastian it's crazy! We ended up staying for dinner and it was really great to catch up with them again.
6th May 2014
We have been sleeping like maniacs and finally feel human again. We did the sightseeing thing today which was loads of fun. The London weather has been very kind to us while we've been here. Last night we went to see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theater which was again amazing (I'm going to be using that word a lot)! After that we headed out for a final dinner in Chinatown :-).
Highlights: Harry Potter World and the Lion King, the coffee at Gusto and of course seeing Mel and Netto as well as meeting Jonah!
7th May 2014
We are on the tube on the way to Heathrow! It's only been a few days but it already feels like we have been away for quite a while. The next stop is Argentina. Buenos Aires for a night and then Patagonia! Holy crap!
Flight to BA was fantastic. We got to lie down and sleep as the plane was not full - bonus! Our accommodation in BA is also very nice! Riva Urban lofts is modern and in a great location!
After checking in and cleaning ourselves up we took a walk to grab some lunch. We ate in the same place we had lunch in way back in 2006!
We then passed out and when I woke it was around dinner time. I swear I have been having the deepest sleeps and feeling like I've been drugged when I wake up. That's jet lag for you...
We had a beautiful dinner and then organised ourselves to fly to El Calafate - Patagonia!
9th May 2014
We are in El Calafate and boy does it feel good! We are literally at the ass end of the world and I can't even imagine what amazing things we are going to see tomorrow!
We are currently eating yummy empanadas and then we'll check out the tiny town and then have some dinner before heading to bed early as we have a BIG day tomorrow! Can't wait :-).
10th May 2014
Today was an EPIC day!
We woke very early to start our tour. We were picked up about 7:30 am and by the time we made it to the National Park it was about 9:30 am and the sun had just come up! Our first sight of the Perito Moreno glacier was WOW! Like a painting. We were transferred by boat over to where the mini trekking would start. The day was just magnificent and I can't believe I can now say I have seen a glacier let alone walked on one! Hands down one of the best days I've ever had!That night we went to Don Pincho for a parrillada dinner. Yoz was in heaven and it was the perfect end to a wonderful day!
11th May
Today we did a half day 4x4 tour around Lago Argentino. It was pretty cool. We stopped in the middle of nowhere for lunch where they whipped up Milanese (schnitzel) sandwiches for us over an open flame! Pretty good end to our time in El Calafate!
What a wonderful experience that words cannot describe. We are incredibly lucky people!

We are now back in BA and today was the first day where we did NOTHING and boy does it feel good! We did do a little bit of planning and on Wednesday we head to the north of Argentina to Salta to see the Salt planes.

It's only been 10 days and so many more amazing things are before us. I need to pinch myself because well, wow!

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l, wow!

Posted by sandyandyuri 18:20 Archived in Argentina Tagged london and argentina Comments (0)

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