Teleferico rides and 1070 stairs
Trip Start Feb 23, 2010
40Trip End Jul 21, 2010
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Hope all is well and everyone is enjoying the beginnings of a long weekend. I want to write a quick message. I am actually in Cafayate now, 4 hours south. But I just wanted to get a mark on the map for Salta :)
Monday morning I took another long bus ride (24 hours) to Salta from Puerto Iguazu. Salta is a provincial capital, known for being very colonial, full of lots of churchs and a having lovely views. There isnīt a ton to do there, but it was nice to relax. On Tuesday, I joined with 2 Brits I met in my hostel from Iguazu to stroll around the city. At the main plaza, we bumped into a demonstration of municipal workers fighting for equal treatment and dignity in their work. They had drums, lots of banners and fire crackers. A good show! It brought me back to days of organizing actions and demonstrations for ACORN, I kind of wanted to join in! I restrained...but did see it covered in the news that night, so it was something important for sure.
Next we stopped for a quick snack, empanadas and humitas. Humitas are like tomales, but just the mushed corn with cheese, no meat, very yummy. Then we wondered over to the teleferico (aka gondola) to ride up to the top of Cerro San Bernardo (1490m). It provided an excellent view of the city and the Andes mountains surrounding it. Quite lovely. We chilled up there for a bit, joking around, then went back down on the stairs. As you can imagine, there were a lot- 1070 to be precise (no I didnīt count, there was a sign that did the work for me). Over all a very relaxed day that included a stop for beers/a glass of wine for me- at only 4.5 pesos! and later pizza and wine in the Plaza for dinner.
My brit buds left the next morning and I spent the day trying to meet up with my friends Elizabeth and Susannah, failing to do so, I opted to walk up the 1070 steps and stroll around the city again on my own. At night I went in search of a vegetarian restaurant that had closed, and fortunately found another one nearby that went above my expectations! I love finding these little places.
Yesterday was a bit of a joke trying to move out of the city, but I did manage to find Liz and Sussanah randomly when then walked into the Plaza where we tried to meet the day before. Not having access to cell phones, or when your money runs out on it, can really be a pain for meeting up. Anyways, we had lunch together, and I experienced a regional speciality, a corn based soup with tomatoes and goat cheese...so great.
Anyways, thatīs enough from me. But I hope that all of you who are keeping kosher for passover are having an easy fast, and those of you who celebrate Easter have a nice time. For those of you who donīt do either, just enjoy the long weekend! Please keep updating me on whatīs going on by you!
PS. Pics from Iguazu Falls went up the other day!