Cerro San Bernardo

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  • Day56

    Dragoman D10- Purple hair and a Peña

    April 15, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Continuing with tradition we took a walking tour around Salta. The guide was away (or hungover?!) so he sent his friend. Luckily he was knowledgable and his confidence in English grew as the tour went along. We passed the San Fransiscan church, down to the base of the San Barnado hill and to the statue of General Guemes a hero ofbthe region. Finishing the tour he gave us a great tips on a place to have lunch, the patio of empanadas and a peña to visit later.

    Salta is the capitol of empanadas in Argentina and the Patio of Empanadas did not disappoint. We had Arab style, Jerky and Carne along with Tamucos, which arw corn paste and chorizo wrapped in leaves. Across the tables I recognised a couple that we had last met a month ago in El Chalten! We caught up with their travels and are sure to see them again before Lima.

    Next stop was up the hill with the cable cars for a brilliant view over Salta. Walking down we passed shrines that respresented the stations of the cross caked in candle wax, it had been a pilgrim route on Good Friday.

    After siesta it was time for a make over, my rainbow hair for Carnaval had long faded into blonde and green. Having finally tracked down some purple hair dye, Izzy and Charlotte became my colourists and my hair now matches my down jacket!

    Chatting to the local staff in the hostel Izzy had tracked down an authentic Peña a taxi ride away. Called Casona del Milonio its down on as a house of worship its revered so much in the community. Arriving at opening time there was already a queue of locals at the door and we luckily grabbed a table in the same room as two groups of locals with guitar cases and drums by their feet. The place had around 6 rooms and 2 courtyards full of people. Ordering some wine and an array of empanadas (jerky, carne and cheese and ham), tamucos, humitas and a plate of cheese we watched as intruments started coming out of the cases.

    A family across from us and a group of young people started taking it in turn to sing goucho music. They sang all night all sorts of folk songs. It was an amazing experience, I only wish I understood more Spanish to understand the lyrics of the songs. A man from Puerto Iguasu joined our table, a chiropractor by trade he offered all the girls massages, but the offer didn't extend to James! With our money running out we reluctantly left the Peña. Definetely the must do thing in Salta.
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  • Day4

    Easter Crosses

    March 27, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Took a stroll into town to book the next legs of our trip. Tomorrow we head north along more gorges for an overnight stay in Humahuaca (great name). Then we will cross the border into Bolivia and head to the salt flats of Uyuni, then into Chile for the Atacama desert.

    But first we found lots of crosses (it is Easter Sunday) and walked up to the top of Cerro San Bernado and came down in the cable car.
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  • Day66

    Cerro San Bernardo

    April 30, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    19 Stunden Busfahrt von Mendoza nach Salta liegen hinter mir (1500 Pesos mit Andesmar). Ich übernachte im Accueillant Hostel welches sehr gut ist. Als erstes besuchte ich die Aussichtsplattform Cerro San Berrnardo. Dann lief ich durch die Innenstadt und guckte mir Salta an.
    Am Donnerstag geht es dann 7 Uhr nach la Quiaca mit dem Busunternehmen Balut. Dann über die Grenze und von Villazon nach Uyuni (Bolivien) wo ich die Salar de Uyuni, die größte Salzwüste der Welt besichtigen werde.
    Fazit zu Argentinien: Argentinien eignet sich sehr gut als Einstieg in das Abenteuer Südamerika, da die Infrastruktur sehr gut ist. Lebensmittel kosten allerdings mindestens genausoviel wie im Deutschland. Für Busfahrten nimmt man am besten Nachtbusse, so spart man Zeit und Geld für Übermachtungen. Busse in Argentinien sind sehr bequem, sodass Busfahrten von 20 Stunden kein Problem sind. Gefallen hat mir die Grillkultur (Asado, Chorizo Pan) und das gesellige Matetrinken mit Freunden in Parks oder unterwegs. Die Leute hier sind sehr hilfsbereit und freundlich.
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