the top of the clouds
My daughter and I flew into Argentina a week after our home burned down to the ground against all the advice my friends gived me. I taught the house would still be there when I came back and that at this time a trip was justified to take. Suprisely enough the house was still there and we enjoyed a great trip.
We frew into Buenos Aires and spend a couple of days there visiting the city and watching people dancing on the street. I was enlighted by the French architect and the enormous statues in the grave yards. from there we went slowly up to Salta a very prettty town close to the Bolivian border. Driving thru the clouds was a amazing experience, It felt like rain for about an half hour and when you break thru the clouds it is sunny and clear and you can see between the mountaintip a thick white blanket of clouds, just gorgeous.
a blanket of clouds, Nort Argentina
We passed the border during the night and had to get off the bus and walk for about 30 minutes passing people on the road standing around fires made in barrels. It was confusing as to where to go and find the border. Once passing the buses were all lined up to take you whereven you needed to go. We went to a small town close to the worlds largest salt plains. it was a nice town in which we decided to go horseback riding in the desert, how fun that was. The next day we visited the Plains, just nothing less than spectacular. 14.000square km of pure salt with in the middle isle de pescada a island with nothing but cactuses on. There is also a hotel made fully out of salt including the furniture and beds, wisely enought we just visited that place.
Salts, argentina, from the hotel room
. From there we tracked thru the country, mostly by landcruisers filled with 14 people in 1 jeep. Pretty darn tight. Straight to Cusco, a marvelous city surrounded by mountains with its renovated Spanish buildings and smal winding streets and ALL the charm that comes with it We were happy we had a few days to spend here. Machu Piichu is were we came for but we found so much more. The drive by bus and train was with great scenery. And then you have Machu Pichu, a place were you forget evrything you had on your mind . The peace that comes over you, the constant smile on your face that you just can't wipe off no matter how many time you try. We were entertained by a local boy on the way down the mountain, his straight down the mountain run, stopping and wainting for us to come down thru the winding roads and waiving was truly original.
By the time we were down, he was running in front of the bus, who happely stopped and brought him abourd so he can hopefully make a little money. When we decided to leave town there was a strike and the only way out was taking a local bus down to Peru. Leaving mat 7 pm and arriving at 5 am. Shortly after 1 am the bus broke down and we were stuck in the middle of the desert. The windows had ice on the inside of the bus. The only comforting thing I could tell my daughter was that this would be a story she could tell her grandkids one day. We had a mechanic showing up around 10 am and were back on the road by about 11. This didn't give us much time to stay in Peru so we decided to stay in a fisher village which was very charming and nice.
from there we went to the Iguazu Fallws, a amazing site with hundreds of waterfalls that can be see from all angles. This is truly a beautiful place and the noice of the power of water is just fantastic. From there we went to Colonia, Urugua a small town by the ocean. Another little getaway small charming town with some interesting restaurants and the most uneven cobbled streets you will ever walk on. Our last stop was Montevideo the capital and our final destination. I am not much about cities unless there is something really unique about them and even then after a couple of days I am ready to see the country. This is a clean and nice city but the only thing that stood out for me with appeal to ALL FOODIES. There was a mall like old building with nothing but restaurants and very few walls in between them.
Buty it was the way they were cooking that was so interesting. Huge fires were build on chimney like and the the burning wood chunks were raked under the food. I know it is BBQ but the way it was done was sooo different and what was on the grill was just as interesting. vegetable stuffed meats, the selection just went on and on. Of course not all restaurants were were serving this way, but most of them had unusual dishes or ways of preparing. Thanks for that culinairy experience. This was my first trip in South America I now I know why so many immigrated to this wonderful continent. Hope you enjoyed reading and SMILE :)