Deja Vu

Trip Start May 05, 2007
Trip End Jul 16, 2007

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Cafayate to Tucuman
With no real plan in mind we headed off from Cafayate to Cordoba.  This meant yet another bus trip with an overnight in Tucuman to break the journey.  So there we were at 6am - shivering our butts off, waiting in the dark, ipod's at the ready for yet another tedious journey. 

Much to my disgust this was also a very twisty turny road with loads of hairpin bends and not much room for the bus to maneuverer (my stomach was doing plenty of maneuvering of it's own!!).  Our initial thought was to stop in a pretty little town called Tafi de Valle, however, a fellow traveler had warned us the day before departure that Tafi de Valle was covered in frost and absolutely freezing, and covered in frost it was.  A few kilometres either side was just a blanket of frost (not snow), even the poor old horses were covered in it!!

The entry in Lonely Planet suggested otherwise but we found Tucuman to be a very uninspiring town.  Our accommodation was possibly the crappiest we had seen so far, the toilet in the ladies bathroom was so small I had to sit sideways in order to get the door shut!!!!  Enough said about Tucuman - the only photo I took was of the bed in our room as it resembled a boat (a boat would have been more comfortable!!).

Next stop Cordoba, a big city of 1.3 million, with 6 universities - this was a very cosmopolitan town!!

Surprisingly accommodation was difficult to find so our first night was spent in a nice enough hostel, however, the room was tiny (with both of us and our backpacks you wouldn't have been able to get a cat in there, let alone swing it) and it was right next to reception and the front door ( in a word NOISY).  So our mission on day one was to make alternative arrangements.  This proved to be quite difficult, so after walking around town for hours we decided on a motel - at twice the price of the hostel, but it did have a TV! Alas, after much cursing Darren discovered that all of the channels were in Spanish and even worse there was no sport. Oh well, there were plenty of sports bars in town.

From a sight seeing point of view Cordoba didn't have an awful lot to offer.  There was the groovy neo gothic church and a huge big park, loads of beautiful old buildings, lots of nice bars and restaurants and that was about it. 

At this point we really felt like we were at a loose end, the further south we went the colder it was getting (even the Argentinians were complaining) and neither of us were kitted out for the snow!!  So rather than wander aimlessly around Argentina Darren decided to take his cousin up on her offer to come and stay for a couple of weeks - she lives on St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. 

The prospect of some warmth and sunshine had us both in good spirits and we spent the next couple of days on the internet making the necessary arrangements.   Not an easy task but we managed to get a plan together - we would head further south to Mendoza for a few days, then go across the mountains to Santiago in Chile and then fly to Miami and stay overnight before  flying onto St Thomas.  I'm so glad I packed my bathers!!! 
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