Sweaty Salta

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Not bad scenery as we descended the Argetinian side

I was pleased to be leaving San Pedro and luckily the Gemenis bus journey was on time and after a quick stop at immigration to get stamped out of Chile, we were on our way to the Jama Pass 160km away.  The scenery along this route was great, lots of valleys, salt flats and deserts, which helped pass the 10 hours or it took to get to Salta.  The border crossing was pretty simple, although it did take about an hour to park up, wait and get everyone stamped into Argentina - these last two border crossings have taken by far the longest out of any of my entire trip so far!

I arrived into Salta at about 8pm and had to walk to the hostel I had booked ('Hostel in Salta') as I had no Argentinian currency and the cashpoint at the bus terminal in Salta doesn't accept foreign cards (brilliant).

Main plaza, Salta
  Lucikly, having come south the evenings are lighter for longer, so it was only just getting dark as I checked in.  I immediately bumped into Vince (NZ) in the dorm and he was heading out for steak, so I was in no mood to turn that offer down and we headed to the zona viva for a fantastic meal - steak in pepper sauce for A$29 (£5) and it was beautiful - the same kind of thing back home would cost about £30 I reckon.

 I spent Saturday sweating.  Literally.  Salta is either bloody hot all the time or in a heatwave at the moment, cos it was about 33,34 degrees during the day and it was difficult to actually get out an do anything.  Salta has a beautiful town centre with some impressive buildings and churches.  I did make it up the Cerro Bernado teleferico (return A$20/£3.50) which had some decent views over the city.  I managed to bump into Lee, Lindsay and Hilda at the top and we made plans to hit the town later on and had a great time (joined by Don (NZ) who came out drinking despite having to get a bus at 5.30am....he just about made it, but without actually going to bed...legend!) - the nightlife in Salta is pretty happening and we found some great little bars with deals on beer which made it even sweeter!!

So my final day was written off with a hangover and I did well to make it to the airport to get my flight into BA and my evening with Cook...

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Not bad scenery as we descended th…
Not bad scenery as we descended t…
Main plaza, Salta
Main plaza, Salta
Salt flats, just outside San Pedro
Salt flats, just outside San Pedro
Argetinian border post, Passe de J…
Argetinian border post, Passe de …
Main plaza, Salta
Main plaza, Salta
View from the Cerro San Bernado
View from the Cerro San Bernado
On the town with Hilda, Lee & Lind…
On the town with Hilda, Lee & Lin…
Salta
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