On the move again

Trip Start Jan 20, 2004
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Trip End Feb 01, 2005


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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Exactly 3 months in Bolivia, the maximum possible, and I was over the border to Argentina. On the move again to unknown destinations and new experiences.

Tranquil Tilcara
Kat and Stu recommended Tilcara as a nice little stopover on my way to Salta, and a nice little stopover indeed.

Except for the massive bus loads of students carry odd combinations of sleeping rolls and suitcases on wheels and other mini buses full of tourists, it was a nice, quiet, sleepy, dusty town.

Unfortunately my hostel didn`t come through with the promise of hot water 24 hours, or even water at that, but it was so nice to be in the warmth again!

After shopping it up at the market in the plaza and a groovy t-shirt shop, I wrote a letter to Pedro whilst sitting in the sunny plaza during siesta time. After my previous night of off and on sleep on the bus (it wasn`t as bad as it could have been) I went to bed early for a nice night`s sleep.

The next morning I got up and went to the fortress of Pucara and the high altitude botanical gardens (2400m). The fortress was a bit disappointing after the ruins of Peru (and the restored houses looked remarkably similar to the house of the campesinos that I stayed in during my Kari Kari trek in Bolivia). The whole site was covered with massive cacti that are as stray as the dogs in Potoś.

It was a nice little walk though, with impressive views of the surrounding eroded and colourful mountains. After this, I hung out in the pretty bus terminal waiting for the next bus to Jujuy (2hours) and then to Salta (2 more hours).

Things I`ve Learned
* I`ve been craving some warmth.
* Argentinian men are very good looking.
* Argentina is good for washing away homesickness.
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