Where are we?

Salta

We got up and left out parking site by 8:30, want to drop off the laundry as soon as we can so we can have it back today.  We find the laundry and can pick it up at 4pm - great!  2 baskets full = 700AP ($15)  about average.  Then we go to the mall to get some free wifi and have a coffee :)

Parking is easy at the mall since we are here so early.  We have coffee and a latte and what are called media lunas - little sticky croissants- or half moons. Guess this is a typical breakfast item here or at least with coffee. Plus just like in Europe we get a glass of sparkling water! All this for 280AP ($5)




We get caught up with our wifi stuff, I work on my blog and then go the Claro to get fixed up with internet. Seems I just got a SIM card, no internet. So bought 3GB 300AP ($6) cheap :)  I was lucky that I found a guy that could speak some English so it made what I needed go faster :)  Now it was lunchtime so before we buy groceries we'll have lunch back in the food court. Dwayne gets his burger and fries and I order a personal cheese pizza with onions - it has some fancy name but can't think of it right now.

We then go for groceries at the Carrfour, which is actually a French chain. We use to go to it when travelling in Europe and Morocco. Cool, we'll see what they have different here.  The selection is good, lots of different cheeses and meats. I'm buying some beef for the first time since it's suppose to be much better here in Argentina then the previous countries :)  Also get more wine, $1.50 again for a litre box plus I splurged on a 750ml bottle of wine $2 LOL!! All rosĂ© wines. Dwayne found a few cans of Miller beer :)

What???? $2067 and all we get is.... 

2 bags?!?! LOL!! Actually $45C
Since we had a couple of hours before picking up the laundry we decide to take the gondola up to Cerro San Bernard for a view of the city. The short ride is pretty expensive at 500AP each ($11) and had I brought some ID I could have got a ticket for on 330AP ($7) There is a bit of discrimination here because women can get reduced ticket if 60 or older but men have to be 65 or older!

The ride up is pretty hot. But once we get to the top there are lots of trees to walk under to stay in the shade. Also lots of waterfalls to cool things off. Once we've walked around for a bit we head to the restaurant to enjoy a nice cold Miller beer :)  We go back down and then walk thru another park and watch people paddling around a big pond.  Nice water fountain to spray everyone as they get near it.





Love all the different waterfalls here!




We'll be travelling along the west side of those mountains to go further south

Downtown Salta

Beautiful flowers on this huge tree

Ahhhh! Miller Time!

Park at the beginning of the gondola ride
Then it was time to pick up the laundry. Once we pick the 2 bags of folded laundry we try and find a Parrilla restaurant to have some barbecue meat. But can't find anything open other then some places downtown which  of course has no parking.  As we are driving around we stop at some ATMs to take out money. It seems there is only one type of machine we can use in each of the banks I went into. The other machines are only for bank clients. The one I have to use charges us $10.50US!! Luckily we don't get charged by our bank back in Edmonton!  Tried 3 different banks and they all had the same machine for non-members.  Since we can't seem to find a restaurant we can get close to for parking we head back to the mall and check out the barbecue place in the food court. Since at this point I don't want to make supper 😝 Rather have someone else cook tonight.  Once we get there I have pork chops and Dwayne has beef with a nice mushroom sauce over top, not sure why I did't pick the same thing! Both are tasty but my pork chop was a little dry,  costs us 780AP ($17)

As we are leaving the mall parking lot to head back to the river site, the French couple we had seen a couple of days ago came up to us and asked where we were staying, because they checked out the municipal campground and weren't impressed. So I showed them on maps.me the spot near the river about 15km back on the highway.  We told them it was very quiet last night. Great - they also have had enough of barking dogs LOL!!

As we are making up the bed the French couple - Olivier and Agñes drove by and parked a little over from us.  Olivier came over to see our van.  Then we decided it was a good time for beer and wine. So we end up at their van drinking and talking and trying out the goat cheese they bought along the highway that day. By the time we to go back to Vanna is was already 10pm!!

Our morning started early when a truck parked near us was loaded with gravel at 5AM!! Then he was back within the hour and loaded up again, this continued until around 9. Oh well we did get to sleep a little between loads LOL!!!

It's raining out so we laze around since no use going into Salta to walk around until the rain stops.  Olivier and Agñes leave around 8:30, they stop by to say goodbye.  A couple hours later it has stopped raining so we head into the centre of Salta.

Parking of course is difficult. Mostly since there is very little street parking allowed. But we find a spot probably a km from the central park and start walking.  We get to the Catedral BasĂ­lica de Salta which is pink and white on the outside with lots of white carvings. The interior is beautiful and has lots of gold leaf in the alter.

Armadillo in the middle of the traffic circle


Nice monument in Plaza 9 de Julio

Cathedral Basilica de Salta







The tile flooring is mesmerizing!

how about those shoes!! Look like Herman Munster shoes! LOL!!
We walk around Plaza 9 de Julio (their independence day) for a bit and then onto the pedestrian mall. Just a lot of stores and not much interesting here for us so decide to go back to Vanna and get on the highway and head further south. We stop and pick up 4 small empanadas from a street vendor and find Vanna and head out.

We need water, and the gas stations don't seem to have any. So I figure we need to find the firehall since they would have water! I find one that is only a few blocks away and when we arrive we see a hose hanging on the column 😁 Dwayne goes and asks to use it and of course no problem. Great now we have a full tank again. We're taking the slow route south thru some more canyon area.

Once we get into the canyon area they must have had a lot of rain here lately because the highway is covered with lots of mud and rocks. Everywhere there is a dip in the highway to let water flow thru is covered and we need to slow down. There is some equipment out moving the dirt away but this cleanup will take awhile!

Around 3:30 we find a spot near the river - muddy but nice to listen to. As it turns out there are 2 other vehicles here from locals that are fishing. So we park and I decide to make a pot of veg soup in the pressure cooker.  Once I had that made I sat outside and could here the music from one of the vehicles. There are 3 guys there sitting around the fire, having a few beers. But we decide that if they stay longer the music will be louder and so will they so decide to move to another spot 20 mins further down the road.

As it turns out the second spot is way nicer then the last one. Here there are trees we can back into and are hidden from the highway. After supper we watch a movie called Spotlight, real interesting movie (2005) about the priests and how they were getting away with molesting kids in the catholic church. The movie is about the Globe and Mail in Boston doing the story on it and bringing to light the number of kids that were molested and how the church just moved the priests around and paying off lawyers to prevent the priests from being prosecuted and sent to jail!!  Man what a screwed up bunch!!

This morning we get to use our outside shower! Great to have some room to move around in our little add a tent and it's such a nice sunny morning! After pancakes we pack up and continue on south thru this canyon. Not sure where we will end today.



Lots of mud/dirt on the road from a river flowing over the highway

Also seeing lots of grapevines here


Road into our spot for the night 


Still have vendors along the highway anywhere there is a tourist stop - this one selling pottery dishes

River snaking thru the valley


This is all gravel from a river previously running thru here in the heavy rains


There's Vanna waiting for us :)


A lot of cool rock formations in this area


Another area where the river has flowed over the highway and then towards the main river 




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