Doing nothing in Salta
Trip Start Jan 19, 2008
30Trip End May 01, 2008
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We have done the following: Visited galleries/museums, done washing, slept.
Our reasoning behind this inactivity is that this is going to be the last of the familiar Europeanesque holidaying for a while - probably until we enter the US in early April so we decided these would be chilled out days.
Salta is in the North of Argentina, around 400 km from the Bolivian border. We were expecting the weather to be blazing here as it´s been getting progressively hotter as we´ve headed north
The city itself is pretty small, maybe a couple of hundred thousand and after the city abruptly ends there is plenty of countryside all around. On the east edge of the city, right by our hostel which we found close to the bus terminal is a 1400m hill with a cable car which we took up to get a great view of the city and its surrounds.
Also at the top is a much vaunted Artifical Waterfall. The advertising blurb vaunts how it's 100% concrete construction blends in harmoniously with the surrounding hillside. All we could really tell about it is how badly the water smelt...
The centre of the city is lovely, with a great plaza that somehow manages to out-French the French. It's hard at night, when sipping a beer outside one of the cafes on the main square to think you're not in Paris.
We took a trip into the Modern Art museum which wasn't too exciting although Matt enlisted Kat's help to create his own piece of Modern Art that he hopes to reveal before the holiday is out
What was pretty special though was the Archeological museum which is devoted to 3 perfectly preserved mummies found in the local Andes in an Pre-Inca burial ground at 4900m. One of the mummies in particular looks more like a sleeping girl than a 500 year old corpse - it´s really pretty freaky.
Other minor points of excitement the past two days have involved trying to change Chillean Pesos into Bolivars (Bolivian Pesos). It appears that no one outside Bolivia wants their currency... Although we finally found an exchange that had a quoted Buy/Sell price for B$ when Matt reached the front of the queue he was informed that it was for "Information only"... We ask you, why!
So, we're going to arrive in Bolivia tomorrow, into a town with no ATM and with no local currency of our own - and needing to catch a bus out ASAP. Should be fun.