November 24th, 2009 – by: melsadventure
The beautiful San Francisco church at night
I need to firstly qualify what will no doubt follow in all Argentinan entries to my blog;
1. I am in Argentina
2. It is home to Malbec wine, in fact lots of outstanding wine
3. Malbec wine is possibly my favourite drink in the whole world other than a Moijto
4. It would be rude not to
Salta is incredible. It´s white washed with beautiful red roofs, scorching hot, green and friendly. Maggie and I loved it here instantly. Having left Michelle in San Pedro we became a twosome once more. Our first few days in Salta were spent being good tourists visiting the telefrico, the cathedral, the beautiful San Francisco church and the main plaza. You forget you´re in Latin America here, it´s so European.
Having coffee (not wine) on the plaza
Sitting in Plaza 9 Julio you could easily be in Spain. Just glorious. We had a rather drunken lunch with Mario where one bottle of wine turned into two (it does that here!) and he invited us to join him on his photographic tour to Cafayate
via Cachi along one of the best drives in Latin America, Routa 40. We were going that way anyway and jumped at the opportunity. So with that sorted we staggered off to the Archeological museum which, even drunk, was incredibly impressive. Just like the Juanita museum, they have found mummified relics in the mountains but they are so well preserved you think that they will open their eyes and look at you. It´s incredible to look at a face so far from the past. That night we went to a traditional Peña for great food (you´re vegetarian, in Argentina?!) and live music. Peñas are like old houses were muscians come to entertain you and move around the house whilst you eat, drink and dance. A very beautiful night in Casa del Molinas.