Argentina
Departamento de Susques

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  • Day67

    Straight road to nowhere

    December 5, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    The landscape on this side of the border was flat desert like with no distinguishing features. The road went straight with hardly any turns. There was no vegetation or animals. The road bisected the red colored Salar de Cauchari on the right and the white colored Salar de Olaroz on the left. In the almost 100 kms we drove from the border, we saw only one small hill that had some distinguishing color or feature. Ot was a bleak high altitude drive with most of the journey above 4200 mts.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    Not even a vehicle / truck etc. on the road

    12/15/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Nope.. We normally go where no one else does 😁😁😁

    12/16/17Reply
     
  • Day67

    Pastos Chicos

    December 5, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    About a 100 kms from the border at about 6:30 pm and about 3 kms from the village of Susques, in the middle of nowhere was the restaurant cum petrol station of Pastos Chicos. There was a large parking there. We checked at the fuel pump amd were told that they accept only Argentinian Pesos and cash only. The same with the restaurant. Since we had just crossed the border for the 1st time, we didn't have any local currency. The fuel pump personnel told that there was an atm at Susques. We decided to go to the village and see if we could get some cash, food and a place to park for the night. If not, then we decided to come back amd sleep in the fuel pump's parking and ise their toilets in the morning. There was no charge for the parking or the use of toilets.Read more

  • Day67

    Susques village

    December 5, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    We drove on to Susques. It was a small village with one main street. Everything was centered around this road. But, they had an atm and some restaurant boards. The atm was having quite a high usage charge over and above the conversion and/or withdrawal fee our banks would charge, so tried finding some other atms but there were none. So, in the end, we had to withdraw from this atm only since all transactions and services were in cash here.
    There was a nice 450 years old church in the village. We went in to see the inside. There were paintings on the walls and the alter looked very different than in typical churches. There were ladies and children inside singing prayers. It was a nice melodious singsong chanting.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    A village with no children ,no dogs, no stray cattle no birds & not a soul ( other than photographer)€%#

    12/15/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Oo you bet there were many stray dogs here 😉

    12/16/17Reply
     
  • Day67

    Lunch/Dinner at El Kaktus

    December 5, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    We came out of the church and tried to find a restaurant. Most were closed right now and would open by 8 pm only. Finally, we found one (El Kaktus) on one of the only sode street in the village.
    Everything inside the restaurant was made from dried cactus wood.
    This was our first interaction with the locals on the Argentina side of the border and we realized tgat despite it being just 100 kms from Chile, the language usage, the Spanish, the menu and wjat you got in the meni was very different than from Chile. The Spanish used was a bit different, some of the words used for the same thing though synonyms were different. We couldn't understand a single dish in the menu. Eventually, we managed to figure out that they didn't have the concept of a day meal with soup, main dish and a dessert as in Chile. Here, everything had to be ordered separately and the main items on the menu were Empenadas, pastas and sandwiches. This, we found later was common across the whole of North Argentina. I ordered some vegetarian pasta that turned out to be ravioli like with tomato salsa and cheese.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    To me it looks as if it is all red coloured stone hills & it must being used for construction work.

    12/13/17Reply
    Vijay kumar Dang

    Cactus wood is a new thing for us,this must be termite resistance

    12/13/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Yes. That is correct

    12/16/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Don't really know. This was the only place where we saw it being used for furniture.

    12/16/17Reply
     
  • Day67

    Camping at Pastos Chicos

    December 5, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    After dinner, we drove back 3 kms to Pastos Chicos since we couldn't find any convenient place to camp near Susques. We prepared the van for sleeping and were off to bed by 11:30 pm but not before taking some pictures of the amazing star filled sky. We were really in the middle of nowhere and the only light was from the restaurant and the fuel pump. The sky was like a blanket of glittering dots everywhere. We could even spot some galaxies and star clusters. It was truly magical. The altitude and the clear sky made it extremely beautiful and us sleeping in the van with a direct view of the skies was like sleeping under the stars. It reminded me of my childhood when we used to sleep outside under the stars except that here it was many many more of them.
    It was a bit windy and abouts 10C when we slept but it got quite cold in the late night/early morning. My guess would be around 0 C inside the van. We had to turn on the engine heating twice to keep us warm.
    Overall, it was very comfortable in the van. The mattresses were nice and soft but firm enough to give good support. The mattresses under the head was raised slightly and was perfect for sleeping. The curtains kept the lights out from in front and behind.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    You forgot Khirsu where we stayed during our return from Badrinath.

    12/15/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Yeah.. I remember that one. But this place was far better due to the high altitude.

    12/16/17Reply
     
  • Day68

    Morning at Pastos Chicos

    December 6, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    We woke up a bit late at around 9 am and then freshened up, had our breakfast at the restaurant, fueled up fully and then were ready to go on.
    Another interesting thing we noticed was the use of stickers everywhere. They had them on the restaurant door, windows and even the fuel pumps. This was some we didn't see in any other country till now but here, it was everywhere.
    We left at about 10:30 am.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    Since no electric poles or wires around so I imagine water must be very cold & no lights inside the toilets 😄

    12/15/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    There were lights and the heating was solar powered 😉

    12/16/17Reply
     
  • Day73

    Cauchari Salar

    December 11, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    The route took us straight across the Cauchari Salae. This salae was quite different than the other salt plains we had seen in that it was more red than white. We even passed some abandoned houses and a borax extracting plant on the way. The route continued in a straight path till we reached the tarred highway 52 that we had taken while coming into Argentina.Read more

  • Day121

    Day 119: First Salar

    May 7, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We started this day by crossing the salar. Wich was gun when nino tried to step on it and sunk in till his knees. After a quick 50 km on the flats we had to do some climbing. Heavy headwinds made it really hard. But we made it to Susques and are ready for Paso Jama.Read more

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