07.07.2009 - 10.07.2009 68 °F
Salta, Argentina. Miles traveled……597.
We left the road behind, and flew from La Paz to Salta, Argentina with a layover in Santa Cruz. It was a luxury to fly in lieu of bouncing along the winding highways. Arriving into Salta, the land reminded us much of the mid-west, farms, flat land and large trees. We arrived in Salta and found our way to the Hotel Condor Pass, our home for the next few days.
We loved Salta. It was quite bigger than we thought it would be. It had a large central square, surrounded by cafes and restaurants. It also had many pedestrian streets, a personal favorite of mine, because there were lots of people walking around, shops, and street vendors on practically every corner selling cotton candy, hot nuts, and popcorn! It was a sweet smelling town! As many of you may know, Argentina is also known for its wine and meat. We ate the traditional parrillada, which is basically a dish that is shared made up of chicken, pork, beef, and sausage…..including all the favs, kidneys, intestines, and heart. Mike also tried the drink the local, Fernet (which is essentially Vermouth and Coke). Let's just say, he had a difficult time with it!
High lights in Salta include a live music and gaucho dance show and a gondola trip. Our first night out, we went to local restaurant, Casa de Guimes, where we enjoyed some traditional music and dance. While we tried our first local Argentine wines, Mike joined in the dance show. He was swooped up by the dancer on stage, who then gave him a poncho to wear, and led him around stomping his feet and waving his arms. Mike had a blast and Regina and I had a blast watching him! He represented the U.S. well.
The next day, we took a lovely gondola trip up the side of the prominent hill overlooking the city. Once on top, there was a beautiful park with man-made waterfalls, flowers, and walkways. It was a really peaceful place, that is, until Insecto tried to take down a Gondola of fellow tourists!
Salta has been one of our favorite places to date.