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 … Continued

FOTO FRIDAY: Football & Gauchos in Salta

Here’s a few photos from the Argentina World Cup Soccer Match and the bicentennial festival in Salta, Argentina. See more photos of Salta Argentina GarethMy name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and … Continued

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 … Continued

FOTO FRIDAY: Apples in Salta, Argentina

Here are some photos from our first day in Salta, Argentina. We arrived in Salta an after a 18 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires. We stayed at the Exxes Hostel, walked around the city, took the teleferico up Cerro San Bernardo and had an amazing dinner at La Casona del Molino. Check out all … Continued

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 … Continued

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. … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Day 1: Buenos Aires to Salta, Argentina

The juice was worth the squeeze. That’s really all I can say to justify the 18+ hour micro (bus) ride from Buenos Aires to Salta. Despite the terrible food and awkward choice of man-eating-crocodile flicks, the bus ride itself might have been the most efficient and organized service I’ve experienced here in Argentina. Unlike an airplane … Continued

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