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FOTO FRIDAY: The Road to Salinas Grandes

I’m working on organizing my travel photos this week on the new photos page and I came across this one from my trip to the Salinas Grandes in Northern Argentina. The Jujuy region in Argentina is one of my favorite places on the planet and I wanted to relive it a little bit today. Happy Friday! See more photos from …

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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 …

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Day 3: Iruya, Humahuaca & Dog Fights

As Rocio got ready for Day 3’s adventure, I took a stroll across the Malka Hostel to a viewpoint next to the entrance that overlooked Tilcara. At first glance, Tilcara looks like a different world. Houses are made from the most basic of material, old cars on dirt roads, scavenging dogs and short-women carrying 5 times their body weight. However, …

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Day 2: Salinas Grandes, 7 Colors & Tilcara

After an amazing first day in Salta Rocio and I woke up early to go explore the Northern most province of Argentina, Jujuy. We planned to head up there first because we wanted to be back in Salta for the weekend to see the Argentina World Cup match and the big bicentenerio festival. We packed up our stuff and headed for …