Wine and exercise!
Trip Start Feb 21, 2006
23Trip End Sep 11, 2006
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The next day we decided to have a look around the town, and ended up doing a massive 5 hour walk through the huge park near the city. We decided to look for the Greek Theatre which was on our map and after getting slightly lost asked a nearby jogger for directions. He looked at us suspiciously, said "First, where are you from?" and we nervously told him Nueva Zelanda, which was greeted with an excited grin and a mimed action of throwing a rugby ball, followed by a long, detailed set of directions in a mix of Spanish and English. Whether he would have been so helpful if we hadn´t come from the land of the beloved All Blacks we can only speculate! Actually, it turned out he gave us directions to the zoo instead of the theatre but by that stage we had walked pretty far already so decided to go there instead. Some of the cages were slightly grim, but we did get to see some toucans which looked like stuffed toys and a crazed armadillo (we might just pretend we saw them in the Amazon to any future wildlife-obsessed fellow travellers we meet!) and Dave had great fun pretending to be a monkey.
The next day it was time for some outdoor adventures; we were picked up at a ridiculously early hour and driven to a base camp by a lake in the foothills for a day of canopy and white water rafting. Canopy involves attaching yourself by a harness to a cable between two high points then whizzing down it - sort of like a flying fox
The next day was a chillout day - Dave started teaching me to play chess which he´s been threatening to do for years - I don´t normally have the patience for it but it didn´t seem so bad sitting in the garden in the morning sun with all the time in the world. That night we got the overnight bus to Tucuman, the plan being to stop there for a day on our way to Cafayate as Lonely Planet made it sound like quite an interesting, buzzing city. Arriving at 9am on a Sunday morning though it was absolutely dead and looked really boring, and we then discovered we could have got to Cafayate quicker from Salta anyway - groan! It livened up a bit in the afternoon though and we even caught "Benjamin" in concert in the square last night - we think he might have been a Pop Idol-type contestant, he certainly seemed to have a lot of excited teenage fans anyway.