Trip Start Oct 03, 2006
Trip End Oct 02, 2007

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Terra Oculta Hostel

Flag of Argentina  ,
Thursday, November 2, 2006

I have travelled twelve hours by coach leaving San Pedro de Atacama and Chile to cross the Argentina border to arrive in Salta. Collecting stamps for my passport along the way. The scenery from the coach was stunning, hard not to have your nose pressed up to the window.

I arrived in Argentina to heavy rain, thankfully by the time my bus pulled into the terminal (11.30pm) it had reduced to a light drizzle. With out to much difficulty I managed to Locate `Hostel Terra Oculta' a lively and fun hostel, equipped with a table tennis table and a bar terrace and extremely friendly staff. (A very social and friendly vibe).

On my first day I was invited to join the majority of the hostel who had purchased tickets for a rugby match for that evening. Argentina v New Zealand. Bizarly you had to purchase your ticket from a pharmacy! It turned out to be a great evening, providing a chance to get to know other travellers and support my temporary local team 'Salta' The atmosphers wasnt electric, no great chants just whistling to put N.Z off during conversions. The game began with after the N.Z Hucca which was awesome. During the first half of the match Salta were all over N.Z looking favorites to win however, second half the all blacks (not the genuine team) came back to steal a one point victory. 23-22.

After the match we adjourned to our hostel bar which lead to our local. Our local happened to by a Simpsons theme bar named 'Barney Gomez'! I Drank and socialised until the closing time of 5.30am when we then stumbled back to our hostel. I was thankful I wasn't on the top bunk as it proved a challenge to get into the bottom bunk and not disturb the rest of the dorm. Following tradition we found the perfect solution to our hangovers an 'Americano completo' scramble egg and ham with toast including a glass of water, a glass of fresh orange and a double shot of coffee! I was now ready to explore Salta!

There is a hill located within walking distance with the option of taking a cable cart (needless to say after a heavy night I opted for the cart) this gave fantastic views of the town, with small waterfalls man made at the top which were really well maintained. The town itself have lovely plazas dotted with orange trees and monuments, alot of care has been taken to keep the town clean and tidy. The street plan is grided with quaint buildings. It was lovely to explore Salta with my new found friends.

My last night in salta a group from the hostel had 'our last supper' before the mass exidos, with everyone moving on to their next destinations. As Salta is in a prime location, close to the Bolivan and Chilean boarder many people at this hostel were at the end of their time in Argentian are heading into their next country. For me, my time in Argentine has only just begun, for my next direction I will be travelling South.

Hostel Terra Oculta: Great vibe, bar terrace good place to socialise and meet up with other travellers.
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