March - April 2016
  • Day0


    March 23, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Quebradas de Cafayate
    Took an afternoon tour to the quebradas (gorges) near to Cafayate on the road to Salta. We had several stops to see big gorges, little gorges, big canyons, little canyons, natural amphitheatres, multi coloured hills, red, green, yellow and purple ones. And one that looked like a frog. All quite lovely. We've seen so many gorges over the past week we are a bit gorged out.Read more

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  • Day1

    Grand designs in Calchiquí Valley

    March 24, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ 🌫 26 °C

    Had one night in this gorgeous Airbnb room 15km outside of Cafayate. The house was built two & a half years ago by this Argentine/Swiss couple, designed by their friend. Kevin McCloud would be proud! It's beautiful. We had a full picture window view of an impressive thunderstorm then a starry night and full moon.Read more

  • Day3

    Salta City

    March 26, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    When we arrived on Friday night it was a bit of shock. From our grand designs in the desert with its own owls and a few thousand acres of cacti we arrived in the the middle of a city in the chilly rain. We are staying on the sixth floor of a 1970s tower block built to withstand earthquakes. We are certainly mixing things up. This is another AirBnB which has two lovely hosts and a washing machine!

    We are in Salta, a busy city in the northwest of Argentina. Spent a little time visiting the splendid colonial architecture. The churches look especially spiffy as it is Easter. We went out to eat last night at about 10.30 and people were queueing for our table when we left at 11.30. It was amazing food from just a local restaurant. I don't think we are ever going to be able to eat steak in Europe without a crushing sense of disappointment.
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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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  • Day5

    Quebrada de Humahuaca

    March 28, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Starting our road trip to the Bolivian border, drove first through dark, dangly jungle outside Salta, then through the many coloured landscape of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Stopped for photos in the lovely named Purmamarca and Maimara. Passed the Tropic of Capricorn. Clare tried llama - in white wine (what else!) for lunch. Very tasty. Now staying in Humahuaca in an abobe hostel that is amazingly cold given how hot it is outside.Read more

  • Day16


    April 8, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    After a mammoth 11 hour bus ride from Atacama we arrived in Salta again and headed out the next morning to the upper part of the Calchaquí Valley to Cachi. We had a lovely drive through lush green mountains over a 4000m pass and the Cardones (type of cactus) National Park.
    Its a very pretty white washed adobe village with a lovely square, where today they had a community aerobics class. Why not!
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  • Day18


    April 10, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Last few days in NW Argentina before we move to NE Argentina and finally Brazil. We drove back yesterday from Cachi to Cerrillos, a small town 15 km south of Salta. They grow tobacco here mainly for export, plus fruit, veg and some vineyards.

    The B&B we are staying at has lovely gardens and a big pool. It rained all night and is brightening up so might have a dip later. It is run by a British-Argentine couple Nick & Alicia. Clare and I both had a Spanish lesson with Alicia, then I (Lisa) watched my beloved Spurs thrash Nick's Man U. Happy days.
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