Getting closer to South America....
17.12.2008 - 20.12.2008
Salta is so different to the rest of Argentina. People really look South American and it really starts feeling like we have finally arrived in South America. Both K and M stand out like a sore tumb. Salta suprises us- it is probably the prettiest town in Argentina so far with loads of colonial buildings. We stay in a lovely if not a bit too quiet hostel called Las Rejas.
First day is spent walking around the city and we go to the MAAM museum. The north of Argentina has a fantastic Inca history and the museum shows a girl that was found in 1999 in the mountains outside of Salta. She is something like 500 years old but is next to perfectly preserved. She was offered by her Inca tribe to the Gods. It was really bizzare to see her as she just looked like she was asleep.
That evening we have a nice meal in a Lonely Planet recommended restaurant and have a stroll down the main bar street. Looks really cool but quiet as a only a weekday. We should have stayed here at a weekend and partied as looks like a great party palce. Ah well…..
All good until we try to book a mountain trip the next day with our credit card. We notice that we lost it Ouch. Luckily we left it at the restaurant from the night before. Our hosts at the hostel kindly helps us retrieve it Pheww….
All the travelling is starting to catch up with us so we take it relatively easy. Decide to go up to the viewpoint San Bernard just at the outskirts of the city. We decide to walk up the steps although there is a cable car- for a reason we soon find out. Steps up- all 1500 of them- are very steep which would be ok if it was not for the fact that it is sooooo hot. We get up eventually sweating like mad but views are really cool of the city and the mountains surrounding it. We opt for the cable car back though….We book a mountainbike tour for the next day.
Meet our guide at 9am. Fransisco is actually the son of the owners of the hostel. Really nice guy who is very knowledgeable of Salta and the surroundings. We drive for about an hour outside Salta where we start our tour. The tour goes along where the famous train of the clouds normally go….It is a beautiful trek, surrounded by the mountains. We cycle along the track with the mountains around us and the river along side us. Our guide is really good. We even stop at hidden gems like a small waterfall and try our hand at climbing.
As we get back to the hostel we hang around to wait for our 12am bus to La Quicaca. For once we have time to catch up with some emails. Little did we know that we would end up being out of touch with the world for over a week…..