Salta Loop Day 2

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Flag of Argentina  , Salta,
Thursday, October 20, 2011

After a lovely (nice bread!) breakfast in the hostel we jumped back in the car and headed off. Today would be our first taste of Ruta 40. This road runs the whole length of Argentina at the foot of the Andes and is unpaved for most of the way. We will be driving about 2000km of it when we pick our car up in Bariloche so I was interested in getting a test run on the gravel track. The first section out of town went through a few more of the vineyards and then past what must have been the town tip. They haven't really got the knack of it yet as the roadside was covered in rubbish stuck in the trees and bushes that had obviously been blown out of it. It didn’t take long to get out of the vines and back in to the weird rock landscapes. Driving on the gravel was ok as long as you kept to about 50kph so doesn’t look like it should be much of a problem later on. We made a few stops to climb up the surrounding rocks and take some snaps before we made it to Angostaco and stopped for lunch. A huge pile of chips, a massive Milanese and two fried eggs. You won’t go hungry in Argy. Just before we were about to leave, Liz ran back in to go to the toilet and came back with a French guy looking for a lift to Cachi. I think his name was Ludwig but he was very hard to understand. He was nice enough, a bit boring but did give us some entertainment on the rest of the drive. We stopped off on the little village of Seclantes for a wander round and I felt like a tour guide telling him he had 15 minutes to be back at the car! Cachi is a much prettier town than Cafayate and much less touristy. We found a nice place to stay at a good price as it was so quiet just up the hill out of town. We wandered about the square, went for a tasty dinner at one of the places on the square (Liz still being a loser and eating salad), had some wine and went to bed.
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