What a difference
Trip Start Jan 24, 2006
61Trip End Dec 2006
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Easiest border crossing ever, even skipped the huge queue of locals lining up for bagage checks.
Warning - siestas are serious. We walked into a bakery (the door was open, stacks of food on the shelf, it was lunchtime) and we were told it was closed!
Hopped on a bus to Tilcara, 4 hours including the passport/baggage check within half an hour of leaving the border. How not to get searched: be female, white and holding a copy of Voltaire's "Candide".
Instead of going in to the town we were dropped off on the highway, with no map, but it is a small place and the people are friendly. Found a cheap hospedaje near the bus terminal, after walking the wrong direction. Favourite thing - supermarkets with variety! Even though they were small. Cute town, interesting canyon formations around. I went to the ruins which were interesting but not particularly spectacular.