Trip Start Nov 09, 2007
Trip End Jan 2008

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Up to Jujuy province for a couple of days. Jujuy borders Bolivia and is really an Argentinian backwater although their team Gimnasia Jujuy are in the Primera Liga.

The villages we visited have never seen an inch of tarmac roads and are amazingly dusty and everywhere people and kids are trying to sell you something or asking for a coin or 2. Average wage in Jujuy province Lm 100 per month. Thats the average !!!!! Having said all that they are very gentle and polite and all will say buenas dias to you as you pass by.

The scenery in this province is really and truly out of this world. The rock formation, colours, are unique. Thursday we were taken to Humahuaca, Tikara and other villages. Interesting but you see one and you`ve seen them all kind of places.

We slept in a converted convent in a place called Purmamarca. Really nice. No TV no mobile network coverage, no shouting. See we walked around the place whispering to each other ( as all maltese know how to do !!!!!). Anyway had a very good meal there then went to bed and slept till 3 am. Listened to Dede`s snoring till 8, or rather till he decided to wake up.

We were picked up at 9 and we drove to a place called Salinas Grandes, which is a huge Salt flat lake. You could actually fit all of Malta into it. Surreal looking place. These young guys were working taking salt out of salt pits filled with water. They then sell the salt for Lm6 per ton. As a bonus they lose 40% of their vision in 10 years. Next time you buy rock salt think about it.
Crossed a range of mountains and actually drove up to an altitude of 4170 metres.  

Back to Salta thanks to our guide Carlos and thanks to some good coca leaves, he would have fallen asleep otherwise after driving for about 8 hours.
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