Scratching the surface of Argentina

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Quilmes, Argentina´s fine brew

Three weeks in Argentina and it feels like we have barely scratched the surface of this amazing country.    There is so much diversity in its landscapes, people, cities, and things to do - and it can all be explored whilst eating fantastic food and drinking great, cheap vino.  Definitely my type of place!   

Tom and I flew into Buenos Aires after a manic last few days in Sydney.  It was brilliant to meet up with my sister Simone who has already been travelling through central-south America for the last 8 months.  Somehow Tom and I managed to pack in 4 hours of intensive Spanish lessons each morning (hola amigos! see how much I learnt!?), see the sights of BA in the afternoon (being part of the crazy crowd watching Bocca Juniors play was def a highlight) and party til the wee hours before getting up to do it all over again!  BA truly is a city that never sleeps, and when the gay and lesbian club across the road from your hostel pumps its music until 9am, there is not much to be done but join them.

Speedos take 1
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After 10 days though we needed to escape BA´s non-stop pace and took a great overnight bus (the closest we will probaby ever get to flying first class!) up to Iquazu falls.  We spent a very impressive day wandering the 275 waterfalls, some towering to 80m high.  We took a hilarious boat ride that dunked us straight under the falls - luckily Tom came prepared (also see Speedos take 2 in photos below, perhaps less useful in the desert, but hey...)

We´ve spent the last week and a half travelling around Salta in the north, and dedicating ourselves to enjoying all of the amazing Argentinian steak, ice cream and empanadas (Argentina´s (tastier) answer to a meat pie) that we can.   Salta is a gorgeous town - old European style buildings and beautiful plazas to sit in and watch the world go by, all surrounded by mountains.

True Gaucho style!
 

We spent 2 days horseriding with Gauchos, the traditional Argentinian horsemen.  It was so much fun being back in the saddle, the scenery was gorgeous and Enriche who owned the place was totally hilarious, and kept us in stitches whilst continuously refilling our red wine glasses. 

We then hired a car and toured some of the most dramatic, diverse landscapes you can imagine, dotted with gorgeous little mud-brick house villages.   We went from rain forest to cacti valleys to multi-coloured rock formations, through massive valleys and narrow gorges, often feeling like we were on the moon.  And as a reward for all that driving (and changing of flat tyres) we visisted one of Argentina´s best wine regions to sample plenty of the local vino!

Tomorrow we are off to Bolivia, via a few days in the Atacama desert in Chile.

The landscape around Salta
  So sad to leave Argentina so soon, but so much to come back to visit next time...

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Quilmes, Argentina´s fine brew
Quilmes, Argentina´s fine brew
Speedos take 1
Speedos take 1
True Gaucho style!
True Gaucho style!
The landscape around Salta
The landscape around Salta
The wee hours of Buenos Aires
The wee hours of Buenos Aires
Iquazu
Iquazu
Iquazu
Iquazu
Love your horse!
Love your horse!
Enriche, and his red wine BBQ
Enriche, and his red wine BBQ
Salta - gorgeous!
Salta - gorgeous!
The landscape around Salta
The landscape around Salta
Speedos take 2
Speedos take 2
Spitting at llamas
Spitting at llamas
Church at 3770m
Church at 3770m
touring the salta countryside
touring the salta countryside
Sampling the vino
Sampling the vino
4,047 km (2,515 miles) traveled
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