Shauard Hotel Salta
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... hotel which was only a
block from the central plaza. We tried very hard in the afternoon to find a
tour agency that could take us to the cloud forest national park but eventually
we gave up. After returning to our hotel we went to a pasta restaurant recommended
by the Lonely Planet bible. David had this amazing piece of pork that was
stuffed with figs and had a Malbec wine sauce and a stuffed pepper full of
quinoa which was very big and tasty.
... hand, the regional specialities of empanadas (the best of the many we had all over Argentina), tamales and humitas (ground corn stuffed with meats, cheeses and vegetables steamed in a corn leaf) and locro (a hearty stew of pumpkin and other veg, beans and slow cooked meats and sausages) where absolutely delicious and a go to for many of our meals.
Quebrada de Humahuaca (day 2-4)
We picked up our car and set off driving north of Salta on Route 9 to ...
... to experience the Gaucho culture. Gaucho is the term used to represent what essentially is a cowboy. The ranch was on the outskirts of Salta, about half an hour drive into the surrounding hills. Upon arrival a very large man greeted us with a glass of wine and got started on the Asado. Luke later found out he played rugby for Argentina, although he wasn't convinced. Another huge feast, we felt sorry for our horses as I'm sure we ate half a cow. The chef continued to pile ...
... statues and greenery. It was clear that we were now in a way more developed country to Bolivia. The city almost looks European with its pedestrianised walkways and purposeful architecture. Unfortunately we had chosen the worst time in the day to go as it was the peak heat. 33 degrees is a little too hot to be walking around a city so we cooled off by sticking our heads in a drinking fountain and heading inside a building. We entered this giant pink cathedral. It was extremely large ...
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We arrived at Salta by midday, somehow there were no taxi at the airport and I was so stupid to spend all my coins the day before so we couldn't take the bus. Lucky the girl from the tourism booth nicely offer us to drop us in the city center. We put our bags in the hostel and hit town to first get some lunch in the ...