Thursday, 27 December 2012

Iguazu Falls

Our time in Argentina was feeling more like a holiday than “travelling” as we relaxed in Salta and basked in the sun, drank wine and ate too much food in Cafayate. But what reminded us that we were backpacking in Argentina was the epic bus ride to the most spectacular feature of nature I have ever seen, the Iguazu Falls.

The Iguazu Falls

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Feliz Navidad

Cafayate was a perfect place to spend our first Christmas away from family. We decided to spoil ourselves by staying in a plush hostel and indulged in more food than ever before on Christmas Eve. We swapped the snow,  fireplace and family Christmas meal for 40 degree heat,  pool and a BBQ. Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas)!

Bringing in Christmas at mid-night

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Sun and wine in Cafayate

As great as Salta was, I was just so eager to get to Cafayate to spend some time in a quaint town and do some wine tasting  whilst basking in the sun and enjoying the glorious scenery on offer in northern Argentina.

The Cafayate church at night

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Bolivia to Argentina

After our exciting visit to Salar de Uyuni we were ready to go to Argentina. Due to the complications of being robbed in Bolivia we were forced to apply for a tourist visa to enter Argentina, which meant a full day in the border town of Villazon so we could escape Bolivia. It turned out to be a surprising decent day. It helped that Villazon was the least depressing border town we had been in; it actually had some life in it!
Crossing the border into Argentina

Monday, 17 December 2012

Best way to see Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni Information and Advice

The shanty town of Uyuni
Where to start?
We took the tour from Tupiza ad we strongly recommend this. Many tours leave from Uyuni as it is the nearest town to the flats. This is definitely an option for those who have less time to do a full 4 day tour but Uyuni was literally a dump! I mean the people actually dump their rubbish in the streets. Not a nice place to stay!

Where does the tour begin and end?
 If you begin the tour in Tupiza, the tour finishes in Uyuni but there was an option to get a ride back with the driver to Tupiza as they had to return anyway.

Salt flats and the SW circuit

After a very stressful and basically terrible time in Bolivia  it was about time we had some fun, and the best way to do that was to vistit the world famous Salar de Uyuni (world´s largest salt flats).  The tour was far more than seeing the salt flats (that was only on the last day), the tour consisted of rainbow mountains, crystal lakes, geisers, hot springs and seeing unique wildlife native to the Andes. We took the 4-day tour starting in Tupiza and ending in Uyuni and it was a one of the most unque experiences anyone could have.

Enjoying the festive season

Saturday, 1 December 2012

What to do if your passport is stolen abroad

Had your UK passport stolen abroad? 

Awful isn´t it?

We went through a stressful and long process to recover after we were robbed in Bolivia. We had no idea what to do and spent days and days calling, emailing and visiting people, embassies and immigration offices. A nightmare! So we decided to write down some important and valuable information for anyone who was unfortunate as us to have their ´key-to-travel´ taken from them.