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    • Day 40

      Stopping at the border town La Quiaca

      February 11, 2023 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Today we gave our car back at the airport of Jujuj after 2h of drive. At zhe place of delivery were two people standing on the parking point of the airport 😂💪🏽

      After having a huge breakfast at the airport we drove with a taxi to the bus terminal in Jujuj, because two Ubers were not coming, but they confirmed in two times the drive 🤬😂

      We bought our tickets to the border crossing point to Bolivia: La Quiaca.
      After 1 1/2h of waiting at the bus terminal we drove 5h to La Quiaca and it started heavily to rain when we arrived. In Bolivia it also rains much all people say, we will see!
      We also saw on the way a carnival, which was nice.

      It was possible, that we can move one mattress into the 3 person room of the girls, but we don’t have a lot space here, but my bed is ok. I also had a nice bife de chorizo at dinner.
      We stay to days in Uyuni and want to do a 3 night and 4 day tour at salar de Uyuni (biggest salt flat of the earth) to see geyser, hot springs, the salt flat of course and the National park there.

      (+ rest pictures of Charlottes camera)
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    • Day 86

      San Salvador de Jujuy

      February 3, 2023 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Nous partons de Salta, direction San Salvador de Jujuy, la capitale de la Provincia de Jujuy. Cette région nous a beaucoup été conseillée par les Argentins lors de notre périple.
      Petite anecdote, avant de connaître son orthographe, chaque fois qu'un argentin prononçait le nom 《 Juyjuy 》, on entendait 《 cou-couille 》... Ce qui ne manquait de nous soutirer un petit sourire !
      Pour info, la prononciation exacte est donc 《 rou-rouille 》.

      C'est une petite ville dynamique mais sans trop d'intérêt touristique. On n'y passera seulement une après-midi, car on y tourne vite en rond.

      Toutefois, on y a visité :
      - La Casa del Gobierno, où l'on a pu voir la création du premier drapeau, symbole de l'indépendance, ainsi que les différents drapeaux des régions argentines ;
      - L'église + Cabildo, où sont notamment exposés les vêtements et le trône d'un pape argentin.
      - Le centre ville dans sa globalité.
      On a même assisté à un événement de rap. Des jeunes faisaient des battles d'impro ! On a rien compris aux paroles mais c'était très chouette !

      On a fini la soirée dans un très bon restaurant typique où on a dégusté empanadas, tamales et un Picante de Llama (pas très picante si vous voulez notre avis) ! Première fois que l'on goûte du lama : on a adoré, enfin surtout Alex !

      L'auberge dans laquelle on dort est assez traditionnelle, chez l'habitant.
      On y croise principalement des Argentins. On a même l'occasion d'échanger avec notre coloc de dortoir qui connaît bien la région. Elle nous conseille une petite ville pour nous loger, idéalement située entre les sites touristiques et en plus, plus économiques. Adorables ces Argentins décidément ! On modifiera donc nos plans du lendemain pour nous rendre à Maìmara.
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    • Day 7


      February 2 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      This town was our most northern point in Argentina. Founded in 1591, classically Andean, at an altitude of 9,882 fasl, it has narrow dirt streets and adobe houses. Wonderfully surprising was our entry into town amidst local village “bands” preparing for a parade. It was the town’s celebration of the Virgin Mary. A musical contingent from each local village parades on foot to Humahuaca to participate (some 20 miles and more), families come from the entire province. Equally revered in the culture is Pachamama, Mother Earth, as referenced by the dancers in ostrich feathers preceding the Virgin statues. We watched the parade from a nice little restaurant staffed by friends of Ramiro’s and ate delicious empanadas.Read more

    • Day 78

      Jujuy - Roadtrip Tag 1-4

      January 23, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Wir scheinen in einer anderen Welt angekommen zu sein. Dünklere Gesichter, wärmere Temperaturen, ausgeprägtere Kultur - man spürt die Nähe zu Bolivien. Jujuy ist eine Provinz im Nordwesten von Argentinien und besteht neben der Hauptstadt San Salvador de Jujuy aus vielen malerischen Dörfer. Für die nächsten 7 Tage sind wir stolze Besitzer eines schicken VW Gol (nein, kein Golf!). Von San Salvador geht's nach Humahuaca, Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salina Grande und anschliessend Salta.
      Es ist schwierig, diese unglaublichen Landschaften in Worten zu beschreiben. Alle paar Kurven wechselt das Panorama komplett, das vermeintlich beste Fotomotiv wird wenig später getoppt und sobald man denkt schöner kann es nicht mehr werden, folgt das nächste Highlight. Wir fahren auf einem Salzsee, schlängeln uns über eine Schotterstrasse auf 4300m hoch, kurven durch immergrüne Wälder, werden von Kakteen begleitet und von fantastischen Gesteinsformationen eingeschüchtert.
      Da uns die Höhe leicht zu schaffen macht, greifen wir auf die Methoden der Einheimischen zurück, die Coca Blätter. Das sind die Blätter derselben Pflanze, aus dener Kokain hergestellt wird. Aber keine Angst, die Blätter sind völlig legal, erzeugen keinerlei drogenähnliche Wirkung, sondern sind hier ein Naturheilmittel. Sie unterstützen die Verdauung, helfen bei Kopfschmerzen und machen die Höhe verträglicher. Es funktioniert so: man nimmt ein Häufchen Blätter, legt diese schön aufeinander und quetscht sie dann zwischen Zähne und Backen. Dort bleiben sie ein bis zwei Stunden, wobei immer wieder etwas Saft ausgesogen wird. Nun wissen wir auch, wieso wir immer wieder einseitigen Hamsterbacken begegnen:-)
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    • Day 8

      San Antonio de Los Cobres, Quebrada del

      February 3 in Argentina ⋅ 🌩️ 81 °F

      The second half of Day 2 with R was one beautiful vista after another after a brief stop in San Antonio de LC. This copper mining town is also known for its tourist train (built turn of the century by a Philadelphia engineer) called The Train to the Clouds. We weren’t able to fit our schedule to the timetable but interesting nevertheless.
      We stopped in one small village where a local priest is honored for his dedication to the people, building schools and bringing updated agricultural and animal techniques.
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    • Day 622

      Paredones de yala

      October 2, 2023 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Después de una calurosa mañana de trámites en San Salvador, vinimos al río yala a almorzar y pasar la tarde, desde donde hicimos una bella caminata a los paredones de yala ❤️ tanto tiempo quedándome en yala, no puedo creer que no haya venido a este lugar antesRead more

    • Day 66

      One night in San Salvador de Jujuy

      April 8, 2023 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Didn't expect much, but still a nice city as far as I can tell. Grear, great icecream at TAU heladeria italiana - best straciatella in a loong time. Visited Parque San Martin and Plaza España. Lovely Lady at my accomodation. Got Money from Western Union as I'm back in Argentina. Got 440 for one Euro, make it 420 because of fees. Still good.Read more

    • Day 326


      March 28, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      We flew to Salta and picked up a rental car and then drove a few hours to the town of Jujuy.
      Disaster was narrowly averted after we learned our rental car had been given away because we were over 1 hour late picking up the car (despite the fact we’d paid in full, in advance). We scrambled for nearly an hour until we finally found a helpful lady at the Alamo counter who was able to find a cancelled reservation that we could use – PHEW! We needed a car for an 8-day tour around Northern Argentina and going by bus would have been miserable and expensive. All of the companies were totally out of cars because it was a long holiday weekend – not only Easter, but also a holiday remembering the Argentineans who died trying to take over the Malvinas (Falkland Islands). It is very obvious that Argentina strongly believes the Malvinas are Argentinian. We see signs at border crossings, post offices and other government buildings essentially stating that the Malvinas are forever Argentinean…

      Jujuy was a very cute town with a very different feel from other parts of Argentina. People look more Indian and less European and the food is so much better up North! Tamales, stews, the best empanadas we’ve tasted…Yum!
      While here, we did several day trips. One day we drove north to Humahuaca and Tilcara. Humahuaca was a cute town full of adobe buildings and a beautiful old church where there was traditional dancing on display celebrating Good Friday. Tilcara was a small town surrounded by some very pretty red rock formations. On our second day, we drove to Salinas Grandes (the great salt flats) through stunning desert and high mountains. We also stopped at Purmamarca, another cute adobe town famous for its’ spectacular hills of 7 colors – beautiful rocky hillsides colored by many minerals.
      Because of the holiday weekend, the roads and towns were teeming with Argentinean tourists.
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    • Day 14

      Busfahrt nach Salta

      February 20, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Die Reise von Puerto Iguazú dauert fast 24 Stunden. Nach 8 stündiger Busfahrt verpassen wir fast den Anschlussbus dank eines defekten Busses, mehrerer Essensei käufe des Chauffeurs sowie 5 (in Worten: fünf!!!!!) Polizeikontrollen - und das, obwohl wir nicht mal eine Landesgrenze passieren. Die beiden Schweizer, die aussahen wie Brasilianer, hatten es diese fünf Mal wirklich nicht leicht :D

      Unsere Vermutung ist, dass sie auf der Suche nach illegalen Einwanderern aus Paraguay sind bzw dass sich die Polizisten gerne die Klimaanlage der Reisebusse genießen. Bei tropischen Temperaturen sind die in ihren langärmeligen Uniformen aber auch wirklich nicht zu beneiden

      Die Landschaft ist unter tags nicht besonders prickelnd - Gras soweit das Auge reicht.

      Im Nachtbus gönnen wir uns erst mal ein klassisches Selfie, danach macht sich Meli daran, zwei Mangos mit dem Plastikbesteck des Busses regelrecht zu schlachten. Mangos sind hier heimisch, sie schmecken dementsprechend frisch, saftig und intensiv.
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    • Day 70

      The accident

      December 8, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      We started early from Tilcara. The plan was to drive all the way South to beyond Salta where there are numerous formations along the road. The first 90 kms was nothing special scenic beauty-wise or anything noteworthy.
      Then at San Guillermo, while we were turning to go South, we took a wrong turn and entered the town. There the GPS recalculated our route and indicated a left turn to get us back on the highway. Hristo followed the instructions and prepared to turn at a road crossing. That's when a motorcycle coming at quite a high speed hit us at the front part of the van. The bike fell down and the driver flew for a meter or so. Luckily nome of is was hurt.
      We didn't have any connection in Argentina so we asked the motorcycle driver to call the police while we took pictures and went through our accident checklist. We took pictures of his id, insurance papers etc Then the police arrived (3 cars and 1 ambulance) and started noting down what had happened and took pictures as well. We couldn't get in touch with the Wickedcampers emergency number so I requested the police to either call the Chilean number or providee wifi so I could make a whatsapp call. They had wifi at the police station so I went with them and made a call. Luckily I was able to get through and we got further guidance that we had done everything right. We just needed the person's phone number and the police report.
      In the meantime, Hristo went with the rest of the police to a different police station to complete the report. The police even managed to call a person who knew English.
      We managed to complete all the procedures by 2:15 pm. We continued our journey after that. We stopped at El Carmen at around 3:15 pm and had our lunch.
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