09/06/05 - 12/06/05
Trip Start Apr 22, 2005
17Trip End Aug 12, 2005
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As it is the off season there were hardly any gringos (about 5 including me) and the little hostel I stayed in I was the only guest! The owners were a really nice young couple who helped to organise activities and let me practice my Spanish on them (even though they spoke excellent English).
I went horse riding one morning (the ownerīs name was Jeronimo!) which was fun and also "interesting". They had assured me that my horse was quiet and sure enough right up until we were heading back it was so quiet that I had been attempting to make it go faster but it was ignoring me
I also visited a place called Cafayate which is a big wine growing region (but a tiny town). Though due to the strange bus timetable I only spent 4 hours there (and 8 hours getting there and back!). I refrained from drinking wine that early in the day but they have a place that makes white wine ice cream which I had to try as they only make it there
I had to stop off in another small place called Santa Maria on the way back and wait 2 hours for my bus so I decided to go into the town to get some water. Iīve been in some untouristy places but I was expecting someone to come up to me at any time there and say īthis is a local place for local people, thereīs nothing for you hereī!! I donīt think they get many visitors!
I also got to practice my Spanish as I met an Argentine man who could speak some English so I spent the bus journey talking to him in Spanish whilst he replied in English!
North West Argentina is a really nice part of the country and I would definitely recommend it to anyone if you pass through- the people are really nice and not one laughed at my terrible Spanish. In fact, most of them seemed to understand it!!
I then returned to Tucuman to watch the Grand Prix (Kimi is the best!) and get on yet another 12 hour bus for Mendoza.