Posted by Klaus W o Claudio el Tigre Fri, November 13, 2015 15:26:24
BSAS and up to Tucumán
Again late start but I had to be at the BaB at 11:30 so I left the house and picked a remise, unfortunately the driver didnt know where this place was, and I didnt remember completely. So we where searching and I had the fear that we will be very late but we made it in time. The couple Cecile (a french) and Adrian and I worked for an hour and then we had to stop as Adrian had to work. Was very effective and very good results.
After return we ate a bit of the meat from yesterday had a beer infront of his house and around 6pm Susan came to pic me up. We went with the bus to the terminal in retiro and got on the bus to tucumán 16hrs, wow. On the bus we had films and food and wine.
We arrove 10:30 in Tucumán and went to the information desk to get an afternoon excursion but there was none due to mothersday ok so we went to the hostel La Gurda, checked in into a dorm (very very nice hostel) and walked some blocks to a peña und heared live music for an hour. Then we went to another one but there everything was already over … well so back to the city booked sound and light show tickets for 9 pm in the casa de independencia. Tucumán was where the independenia was signed. We booked an excursion to Cafayate via Taffi del Valle for the next day and then went to see the sound and light. Well it was not like at the pyramides or in luxor, but quite nicely done. Afterwards we watched a bit the milonga directly aside of the casa and went to the hostel
19.Oktober Cafayate – Salta
Sergio picked us up from the hostel at 7.30 and we drove via Taffi del valle to Cafayate. At the beginning it was all green like mountain djungle and then suddenly became very arid as we passed the first peaks in 3000 m. We visited the small town of Taffi which is really nice but not much to do. We had there great Empanadas. We continued and we could decide between Quilmes and Museo Pachamama, so we did for Pachamama. A really nicely done museum. After an hour we continued to cafayate (btw we have now 35 degrees). Cafayate is a small city but well known for the wineries here. Vino Blanco, the grape is called Torrotes. But they have also Malbec and Cabernet. We had a lunch where we shared the menue cazuela de cordero empanadas and icecream, rico …. Sergio told us he would us bring directly to salta for 600 more each. We thought shortly and decided yes thats cool.
Before we went to Salta, we visited a winery where they offered a white and a redwine. Quite good but I do not remember more. We passed quebrada de la concha with incredible Rock Formations, then Alemania and around 7pm we had been in Salta 'La Linda'. I selected the hostel from the lonely planet 'Salta por Siempre' and checked into a dorm for 140 ARG. The hostel was nice. I got a messsage from Caro that they are also in Salta, so we agreed to meet around 10pm at the plaza.
It was a big hello and we sat together drank and made our plans. We agreed that i rent a car and that they will join for one day and then carry on through bolivia. So I checked for rentacar and had one for 700 ARG with 300 km per day. I asked the receptionist and she got me one for 550, so I took that. It will be handed over at 2pm the next day.
20.Oktober MaaM, Yungas and Purmamarca
We met with Edu and Caro in the town and went to the MaaM – Museo andina alta Montaña or s.th. Similar, where they exhibit one of the childs found on the vulcan. I knew that already but I liked to see it again … foreigners 70 ARG locals 50 ARG.
The car was handed over at the hotel and Caro and Edu came to the hotel. We left around 3:30 and headed through the yungas to Purmamarca. The yungas there are really nice and worthwile traveling slowlier than we did. Then we went up direction Purmamarca and stopped in a small city where Caro said there is a Galpón (stable). There the handmade ponchos where around 850-900 ARG and I thought about to buy one, but as my backpack is already really full I didnt.
We arrove around 8pm at Purmamarca and we checked for hostels or hotels, but everything was quite expensive. Susan and Edu went of and negotiated a very good hotel price 500 for each doubleroom. We had the rooms on the 2nd floor with a terasse and a direct view to the 7 colors wow. Edu got a key and Caro, as they thought blancos with blancos and marrones with marrones. So we enjoyed a bottle of redwine with that view. Later we went to a restaurant with live music and ate Lama. Hmm very hard so not my next choice anymore. But the lama was nicely presented especially the one plate caro had selected.
Edu feixte all night long as I had a double with Susan about having sex with her, well …..
21.Oktober – Purmamarca – Humahuaco – Villazon (Bolivia)
We had a relatively late start with a brillant view to the 7 colours, then breakfast with orange juice freshly made. We went to the market and were surprised as the ponchos where even cheaper and nicely made (450 ARG – 45 Euro normal and 30 blue Euro). Also there was a nice knife for 1200. hmm need to check tomorrow, probably i will buy me a poncho and a knife.
At 10:30 we made us on our way to Tilcara, Humamaca did a stop there to see the San Franzisco leaving his hut … I guess it kitschig but well a lot of tourists were waiting. After that Caro invited us to Empanadas which were really great and fruit salat even better. We went up to the statue and made photos of us aside of the giant Cardones – Candelaber Cactus. Then carried on to the altiplano on 3400-3700m height and ended finally on the border to bolivia. We crossed the border by feet and left the car in the parking nearby.
In Villazon there are a lot of Cambios and that was what I was searching for. So I went to an ATM took out 6000 bolivianos and changed it into USD so this problem is solved ;o). Edu and Caro checked for a connection deeper into bolivia and finally we had a goodbye beer together, actually 2 ;o) for every feet one, the middle feet didnt count as we didnt have enough time.
We started our return at 6 and had been in Purmamarca around 8:30 pm. A long day and I was quite exhausted. We strolled a bit through the pueblo and went into another restaurant for food, also with life music.
22.Oktober Salinas Grandes – San Antonio de los Cobres – Salta
Well, shopping resulted in nothing. The guy with the knife was not there so I could not negotiate to 1000ARG and I had no sense for carrying the poncho all around but it was really nice ;o(. Grabbed my laundry and we left Purmamarca. At the townborder I was stopped by the police and thought they stopped me because I have honked the horn as a bus didnt move and blocked the whole street, but no they were hitchhiking ;o) but I was going to the wrong city.
We had to pass a paso on 4000 m and the landscape was just incredible. The salinas didnt touch me to much. I think that had to do with Uyuni as Uyuni is much bigger. We than went on a gravel road 120km to San antonio de los cobres with a landscape which was espectacular.
In San Antonio there is the dog burried, not much to do, so we decided not to stay there but just have a soup and continue direction Salta. The road from San Antonio back to Salta is one of the highlight landscapes here, wow wow wow.
We were stopped again by the police because there was a teacher waiting to be taken to Salta so we took her with us. Our plan was to stay the night outside of salta to be able to go up to Cachi, but as Cachi had been 160 km we decided different as it would have been a too long drive as we had to drop the car at 2pm the next day.
We returned around 9pm checked into our hostel. Susan wanted a double so we used a double and not a dorm and went thereafter to the city to have some empenadas and beer (beer at least for me ;o)).
23.-25. Oktober Salta
After breakfast we went to the quebrada of San Lorenzo. San Lorenzo is a nice, clean town. There must live a lot of wealthy people according to the houses. The quebrada is nothing very special but nice to walk a bit. We returned to the city where I dropped of the car and Susan wanted to by some sweets and her bus ticket for the next day.
Also I found a barber so I could finally get my shave. Did a good job for 150 ARG got my head and my face shaved ;o) I was so happy to get my wool off.
At night we went to the Casona de los Molinos to enjoy live music and we stayed there from 9 to 3am and I was good conditioned ;o).
Next moring we went to town, she did a bit shopping and I checked also for the bus to Tucumán and got a busticket on the same bus as Susan (290 ARS). We went to the ITAU museum and as we passed the museum I saw that they do swan lake tonite, shoot and I have bought my busticket already and the shop was closed for siesta. Well, I decided to try then in teh busterminal whether I can change the ticket to sunday. We had still some time so I went back to the shop where they sold knifes and I liked two of them one with leather handle for 790 ARG and one with horn handle and a nice 'Scheide' for 2000 ARG. If they would have given me 20% I would have bought both but they offered me only 10% so I didnt by them.
In the bus terminal I could change the ticket with a change fee so I said good bye to Susan and went back to the hostel. The show was free at 21 pm and the entrance was on first come first serve basis. So I decided to be there aroun 7 pm and if there is noone i would have a beer first. Well, there was one, a queue of around 100m, so I stayed in line learning spanish vocab.
I got a very good seat and it was the first time to see swanlake in life and it was spectacular. I draw the correct decision loved it. Had some wine in the hostal and then went to bed.
Sunday the day to leave 'La Linda'. Easy morning, left the hostel at 12 and at the terminal I saw a whatsapp of Caro telling they are in Salta again because it was so shitty in bolivia. She sent an SMS on my argentinian phone but I do not have it online all the time. What a pity. They where yesterday again in the casona. Menno I could have been there at least one hour and also stay a day longer ;o((
Anyways now I am on my way to Tucumán. Probably we meet in stgo del estero or in corrientes.