Salta and Iguazu falls
24.01.2013 - 29.01.2013
We arrived in salta totally shattered from our 24hr bus journey but we dropped our bags off at the hotel and went in search of a good meal. we sat at a lovely place on the plaza and had our first of many delicious curizo steaks and a beer.
Salta is situated in the Lerma Valley, 1,152 metres above sea level so it was great to not be at such high altitudes anymore and it was so hot!
Nicknamed Salta la Linda ("Salta the beautiful"), it has become a major tourist destination due to its old, colonial architecture, awesome weather and the natural scenery of the valleys westward. We spent longer than we needed here because we could only get a reasonably priced flight out after 4 days but it turned out to be a great spot to hang out.
We walked around the town, spent time chilling in the square people watching and did Lots of eating. We ate steak every night, ate empanadas every day and drank lots of red wine and beer. It was delicious meat and such a breath of fresh air after the average food in Bolivia and peru! Argentina is a lot more expensive than where we have been in South America but it's still reasonable compared to Europe and we really enjoyed the food and wine! we also browsed around the lovely shops and i bought a handbag
Salta...lots of eating
We went to the MAAM musesum which was interesting. The Museum of High Altitude Archaeology holds the findings of the Llullaillaco children , one of the most important archaeological discoveries of recent times, which dates from Over 500 years ago, during the height of the state inca , shortly before the arrival of the conquistadors Spanish . They have the bodies of the children which is quite hectic to see! my Dutch residency card has saved us a bit of money on this trip. in non dutch/english countries it passes as a student card so this was a bonus on this occasion!
On one of the days we hired a car and explored the valley. We headed to cachi which was a cute little town where we had another delicious steak and the scenery on the way was stunning. Cactus plains with red stone mountains, it was very unique. Luckily we managed to see the view on the way there because on the way back heavy mist rolled in and the drive through the mountains was rather scary. The drive took a lot longer than we thought and it was a 7hr round trip but nice to see something different.
From salta we flew to puerto iguazu to see the famous iquazu falls. these waterfalls are on the border of Brazil and Argentina so you can view them from either side. We decided to see them from Argentina.
The falls are incredible, I have never seen anything like it (the photos don't do it justice). The drop is so long that you can feel the spray from way up at river level. It was really refreshing to get wet though because it was about 38 degrees at 11am! There were so many tourists that its difficult to get photos without people in but it didn't ruin the experience.
After a lovely day walking around the national park viewing different parts of the falls we returned to our hotel to collect the bags. We couldn't bear missioning in the extreme heat so we chilled at the hotel pool until dusk and then got a bus over the boarder to the Brazilian town of foz de iguazu.