Finally I meet the indigenous Argentinians
Trip Start May 03, 2005
35Trip End Oct 31, 2005
Salta, for some reason, reminds me of Iquitos in Peru. Perhaps it is the colonial style, low rise buildings with narrow streets and the sunshine. My summer isn't over yet - yippee!
I had a relatively lazy day when I first arrived, wandering around the city. The second day I had planned to go for a serious walk but my bed wouldn't let me go. Was probably not a bad thing as it ended up being a pretty miserable day. I headed up to the viewpoint on a cable car but it was really throwing it down so didn't see very much.
Yesterday I was in serious need of exercise so headed to San Lorenzo, which is 11km from Salta
The view was really pretty with trees of a million different colours - very unlike the other parts of Argentina that I've seen. It was a tough climb and a little stressful as there really was no clear path. I was relieved to get back to the road again but really didn't feel like I'd done enough exercise so headed to the village passing the most amazing houses - colonial style and extremely opulent. Bearing in mind that I had just passed a large number of very poor houses five minutes earlier on the mountain, and rubbish in the valley that seems to go hand in hand with these types of developments, it did leave me a little uncomfortable with the level of disparity of wealth.
San Lorenzo village really didn't have anything very exciting so I just kept on walking and ended up walking back to Salta. I was completely wrecked last night - think I covered at least 20km but felt so much better after the exercise.
Going to head up to Salar de Uyuni tomorrow (if I don't end up stranded at the border).
Hope all is well with you. Let me know what you're up to!