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FOTO FRIDAY: Salinas Grandes

We rented a car in San Salvador de Jujuy to explore the provence of Jujuy. We started at the incredible Salt Deserts (Salinas Grandas) and then checked out Purmamarca and the Cerro de los Siete Colores (7-color hill). We ended up in Tilcara at the Malka Hostel after some amazing Locro and live music down the street. Check out all …

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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 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 …

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How do I Balance this Life?

I’m sitting here writing this from the most beautiful hostel I’ve ever stayed in. I’m in Tilcara, Argentina (North of Salta) and staying at the Malka Hostel. The hostel sits on the edge of a hill overlooking the quiet traditional village that is Tilcara. The Malka Hostel is designed like a Spanish summer camp with cabins setup on different levels across …