It's a rough life... on to another wine country
Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
34Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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The next day we spent riding bikes through beautiful green scenery and up the desert-like hills. The bike seats left something to be desired, but enough winery visits took care of that. We had a really nice tour at Etchart, one of the oldest wineries in the region
To top off a wonderful time in Cafayate, we had a special surprise - our asador, Fede, from HI Patagonia hostel in Puerto Madryn was staying at the same hostel as us! He was riding a bicycle through northern Argentina on his vacation time from his job as hostel worker and (primarily) SCUBA dive instructor, and he had grown quite a beard since we had seen him. It was great spending time with him again and sharing travel stories. We learned a lot about Argentine culture from him, and we enjoyed practicing our Spanish with yet another patient and Argentine who only made fun of us a little.
A sidenote anecdote: we enjoyed hearing his overly-polite Skype conversation when he helped us out by calling the police station at the Paso de Jama border (previously closed due to bad weather) to check that it was open. We were elated to find that it was, and that we wouldn't have to fork out a ridiculous amount of money to fly to Chile, nor would we have to waste several days traveling back south by bus. Hopefully we can meet Fede again for yet another asada, maybe next time in California!
For now, we're off to Chile for some salt flats!
P.S. Torrontes ice cream. And sauvignon ice cream. Seriously.