Last stop Argentina

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
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Trip End Dec 18, 2011


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Flag of Argentina  , Northern Argentina,
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our crossing into Argentina was as usual painless. We had been warned about people spending upwards of 2 hours getting across with multiple bag checks but it took us literally 5 minutes. Maybe most people's problem is that they get a tourist bus so end up in a big queue but we had got a shared taxi from Tupiza and walked to the border on our own so were the only people there. The first sign across the border in La Quaica announces that Ushuia is 5121km away. Not far to go then! The next sign was a nice welcome for Liz. "Los Malvinas es Argentinas".

We got the next bus to Salta. It was double the price quoted in the Lonely Planet. Apparently inflation is ridiculous in Argentina. Must be as the book is only a year old! It didn’t take long to notice the incredible difference in the wealth of Argentina and Bolivia. The roads were lit, dual carriageways and smooth. When we arrived in Salta we could have been at home. Everything was clean, buildings finished with no rebar sticking out everywhere and also the prices were on the up. Salta seemed a really relaxing and pretty city. We didn’t do a huge amount while there. We booked a car to do a circuit of a couple of towns to the south, visited the cathedral and sat in the square drinking expensive (by what we’re used to!) coffees. We did go for an incredible steak dinner in La Monumental. Liz had a fillet steak twice the size of her head and my sirloin was the size of a War and Peace in hardback! And really tasty, melt in the mouth too. If you visit Salta it’s the non-fancy looking version of La Monumental and it’s worth a look.
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