Argentina and its Police checks
Aug 28, 2004
Finally we arrived t 4am in "Salta", which is much bigger than we expected, found a sweet little Hostal and crashed out
. Salta is a nice little city (not) at approximately one million in population and growing!!! we decided to go and do some wine tasting in the local area which is a region known as "Cafayete" about 180km southwest of here. we had a great trip out and our guide was a really interesting guy with lot`s of the local history.
On route we stopped off to see the "Devils Canyon" and then a great place that is tucked away from the roadside, which is used both as an "Ampitheatre and accouistics theatre for various important musical renditions etc...... It is just wonderfula nd we were trested to a musical of both Guitar and voice by a local singer/musician (yes we bought the CD just for the memory). The scenery around here is just wonderfully autumanal in it`s colours and this is also changed by the lighting during the day.....See the photo`s.
Well, we thought that crossing the border would be a warmer experience, we thought wrong...It is as cold here as where we were in "Uyuni" it seems. The journey across the border was relativly straight forward, no bag checks, but we did have a few misdirections to get to the Argentinian Bus Station. When we finally made it, we were in luck with both a bus to "Salta" (7-8 hours) our next destination, and that we got it cheaper than on the "Bolivian" (yes it was cheaper) side. They even took our "Boliviano`s too at not a bad rate (the exchange rate is really pants on the border towns..). The only downside of the journey was that you have three potential Police/Army bag checks, where you have to drag all your bags up to their desks and they search thro`. All good fun at 1am, 3am.....in the freezing cold weather!!