Hotel Colonial Salta
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Travel Blogs from Salta
... and defend them from enemies."
So while they listened to their guide, I chased off pigeons, other stray dogs, strange religious men and small children. One of the older men in the group named me Rusty, so that's how I got my name!!!!
We then left all together and walked to a cafe, while they ate and drank I slept underneath the tables. This excited group found a fantastic wine shop around the corner and as they went in, ...
... will spend a couple of nights sorting out car hire etc. before heading off on a trip to Cafayate and Cachi etc. Salta does not seem to have changed much at all. Still one of our favourite cities in South America. Our first job is to change some US$ at the "blue dollar" rate which is some 60% better than the official rate. All highly illegal of course but, given the state of Argentinas economy, all the locals are busy exchanging their pesos into hard currency to protect ...
... from your hand. Mine then showed his appreciation by sneezing out bits of flying corn at me when he'd finished gobbling. One AP tried to pet just turned and gave him a sneeze/snort/spit straight out. Rude beasts!
Once through the gorge we were then in the valley of Cafayate where there were lots of vineyards. We stopped at a winery to have a tour and they had a little museum sort of bit showing some of the older equipment they used. Apparently the difference with wine ...
... with the gent, and before we knew it, the complete stranger was offering Ariel his freshly made mate. Ariel accepted, put his lips on the bombilla - stranger's saliva and all - and enjoyed the mate with no hesitation. I have a small inkling our driver is not one of those germaphobes that uses his elbows to open bathroom doors when exiting the men's room.
Ariel schooled us on the mate rules outlined above on ...
We arrived in one piece after a very pleasant 20 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires. Salta is a mountain town with a really nice old Spanish town feel about it. It is Easter weekend and we had not counted on accommodation being hard to find but it has been a challenge. We had one night booked and we were planning on hiring a car and heading for the hills to a few little villages that are highly recommended for a few days. But again with it being Easter we had a ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Free parking