Trip Start Jun 23, 2011
27Trip End Aug 30, 2011
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
As for the smell, we had not seen the seats we had been assigned and they ended up being on the bottom level (pretty much all of the inter-city Argentinean buses are two levels) right next to the bathroom
Salta on early Sunday afternoon the day after a national holiday was extremely dead. We grabbed a taxi for the dozen blocks to the center. (Even though we have backpacks and we are backpacking, we have lost some of the verve we had in our youth for carrying them long distances - like the time Nemo, Josh and I carried our bags about 5 miles in Scotland 1/4 of the way around Loch Lomond - not happening anymore.) Cabs are so cheap here anyway, this one was less than $2, and most are in the $2-$4 range. So we wandered around a bit and found an acceptable hostel with a double room available and explored the town. We ate at Dona Salta and I had Locro for the first time, which is a very traditional stew here made from beans, pumpkin and various meats. It was delicious and filling.
Salta is a pleasant place with lots of trees, mountains around it, great weather even in winter (it finally hit 70 again!), and large central square with lots of bars and restaurants around it
However, the tour we did, although not as promised, was still really cool, and we enjoyed it very much. More about that in the next entry from Cafayete (Ca-fa-sha-tay in Argentinean Spanish). On Monday we hiked up the hill overlooking Salta, San Bernardo. It was 1,070 steps up. There is a cable car, but we hiked it and looked at it as training for our Inca Trail hike in three weeks, as all we have really done on this trip so far is eat and drink and we are both starting to feel a bit bloated. But as we are now married we realize that it is cool if we let ourselves go a little bit, right? Anyway, we suffered the first injury of the trip when I absolutely rocked my brain by slamming my head into a thick tree branch while looking down and concentrating on one of the 1,070 steps. I was momentarily stunned and had to sit for a minute. It bled a bit and caused a bump, but didn't cause any permanent damage (that we know of). K-money asked how we would know if there was permanent damage. I didn’t appreciate that remark.
After that we had our typical lunch in Argentina of a dozen empanadas and a gaseosa (what soda is called in Argentina). One thing that is different in both Brazil and Argentina that I haven’t mentioned yet is the way drinks are sold
After lunch we wandered around Salta some more, explored the main square, found a good bench and sat and read our books a while. Then we went back to the hostel to shower up and get ready for that night’s Argentina match in the Copa America. I should also mention that Salta is the one place where our travels would intersect with the Copa America schedule on Wednesday, the 13th, and we tried to get tickets to the match, but it was sold out, as it was Paraguay-Venezuela, and apparently there are a lot of Paraguayans in northwestern Argentina.
So as usual we headed out a bit later than we should have to get into a good place to watch the Argentina-Costa Rica match. Every restaurant was showing the game, and every one was packed. There was also a huge screen set up in the main square and a big crowd gathered there. We watched there for a minute, but we were starving and needed to get dinner. Finally we found a tiny local place with a free table and watched the game with about 20 Argentina fans who lived and died with each shot and pass. It was a pretty fun place to watch, especially since Argentina won 3-0.
The next morning we headed out on our tour to Cafayate.