A day in Tafí del Valle

Trip Start Dec 30, 2004
Trip End Jan 23, 2005

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Where I stayed
La Cumbre
What I did
Museo Casa de Duende

Flag of Argentina  , Tucumán,
Monday, January 3, 2005

On January 2nd I took the bus and left San Miguel de Tucumán heading to Tafí del Valle. The view on the path is beautiful: green mountains covered by trees in a mountain road.

Before it gets to Tafí, it can be seen the town of El Mollar in the coast of the reservoir which has the same name.
Tafí del Valle is a quiet small town, where many tucumanos go to spend a quiet weekend.
I walked around the town, and found a place to spend the night. The hostel was on the main street. I left my backpack there and went out for a walk. I got to the river and stayed there for a while. It was so quiet, that's why I wanted to rest there, even though there wasn’t enough water to get inside and relax.
After that, I tried some regional sweets: nueces confitadas (nuts with dulce de leche and some kind of sugar or chocolate cover) and colaciones (something with dulce de leche).
When I got to the hostel I found my roommates there. They were drinking mate, and I was invited.
There were five guys, some of which would travel with me until near the end of my trip. Gustavo, Matías and Diego (from Buenos Aires), Joel (from Israel) and a Californian guy whose name I’ve forgotten.
It was a nice group from the beginning. It looked as if we would have met a long time ago. After the mates, we went to dinner all together. We had some regional empanadas with wine. Then we wanted to have fun so we started to look for a party near there.
We could only find a small bar with few people inside, most of them men. We stayed there for a couple of minutes and decided to go back to the hostel. We bought some bottles of hand-made sweet wine (vino patero), and spent the night drinking it and talking about life.
The next day I got up early and went with Matías to some kind of small museum called "La casa del Duende", 12 kilometers from Tafí. We got there hitch-hiking. It was an interesting place, worth to visit. It doesn’t have valuable objects, but a guided visit hold by a very nice person who taught us about myths and legends from the region, which were transmitted from generations. We haven’t noticed that we stayed too long talking to that person so we had to come back quickly as we wouldn’t want to lose our bus. Luckily we could hitch-hike quickly and took the bus on time.
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