How To Blend In With The Locals

Have you ever wondered why, when you’re on holiday, street vendors and souvenir sellers seem to descend on you like flies on a picnic? Do you sometimes feel as though you have a large neon sign saying ‘Tourist’ above your head? Because, let’s face it, generally we Brits aren’t that good at blending into our surroundings on holiday. This article …

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Day 6 & 7: Cafayate & Cachi, Argentina

The tour bus: If you achieve a solid blend of fun passengers, enthusiastic tour-guide and interesting destinations, you can have yourself a pretty damn good time. Against townie regulations, Friday morning we decided to trade the rental car for the tour bus to go see Cafayate. I was pretty tired of driving everywhere and it worked out to be a lot …

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Shopping the Open Air Markets of Ciutadella

Are you tired of lying around on the beach? Want to get some local sights and sounds in while you’re enjoying your vacation in Menorca? One of the most popular attractions of Ciutadella is the daily open-air market found in the Plaza del Mercat. In addition, Friday and Saturday markets are held at the Plaza de Es Born. These markets …

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Day 4 & 5: Salta, San Lorenzo & Game 7

After another beautiful morning in Tilcara we headed to San Salvador de Jujuy to return the car and catch a bus back to Salta. As we were filling up the gas tank on our way back I noticed a few nicks in her armor (under the layers of dirt) from our previous days adventure to Iruya. I was pretty nervous because …

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How To: Chew Coca Leaves (kind of)

After being in Northern Argentina for a few days we started noticing everyone with big cheek-fuls of coca leaves.  Most of the men in the area looked like old-time baseball players or chipmunks packing away nuts for the winter. Chewing coca leaves is a big part of the culture here in Northern Argentina as well as in many other indigenous …