A cat named Tafi and a dog called Valley

Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
Trip End Sep 20, 2012

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Nomade Hostel Tafi del Valle
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Argentina  , Northern Argentina,
Thursday, August 9, 2012

We ended up staying in Cordoba for only two days. The city itself didn't have much to offer but cheap shopping so for one day we took a bus to Alta Gracia, where Che Guevara spend his childhood and youth. It is a cute little town, very deserted, so we just wondered around, had a coffee and checked out the Che Guevara museum - it is his actual house so pretty cool. In the evening we made our way back to Cordoba and the next night we took a bus to Tucuman and then another bus to Tafi del Valle. Although we had enjoyed our stays in Argenitien cities we wanted to see more of the countryside. 

Tafi del Valle lived up to all our expectations. It is a beautiful small town, more than 2000 metres above sealevel. The landscape is absolutely fantastic. Rolling mountains surround the valley and the dried out grass, bushes and cacti create a feeling of the Wild West. "Wild" is almost everything here... dogs, goats, donkeys and even horses. And there is hundreds of them! We had to get the proper cowboy feeling and go on a horse ride up the mountains. The view was spectacular but the cowboy feeling a bit week, seeing that we were given the slowest horses in town (Jack was happy with that though).

Siesta is taken very seriously here. From 1pm to 5pm the town is litterally dead. So we use that time to stroll around, trying to catch some wild horses. We never did succeed. Instead we caught a lot of dogs... well, rather "attracted" than caught. We met "Valley" on our way to the lake and he walked with us for four hours, he even shared our lunch. We named him "Valley", I liked "Tafi" more but that name we had already given to the cat. For everyone who misses their pets at home, Tafi del Valle is the place to get some furry attention.

So these are the reasons that make Tafi del Valle one of the most beautiful places on our travels - the scenery, the activities, the animals and... which I forgot to mention... the food!! Many little shops in town sell homemade delicacies, all kinds of delicious cheeses, sausages, breads, cakes, spreads, wines. All for cheap. It is a culinary heaven and everything tastes even better as a picknick in the sunshine. Here we also tried Lama meat for the first time. A pretty tasty local dish. I have the uneasy feeling that by the time I get home I will have put back on all the weigth I lost in Asia.


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