Roadblocks & Landslides – Salta, Argentina – January 2017

We left San Juan on the night bus to Salta which was supposed to take around 10 hours but turned in to a much longer journey! The overnight portion was fine and we both managed to sleep a little, the buses in Argentina are very comfortable. They served drinks with food, the food was usually a ‘jamon y queso’ sandwich that said ‘daily fresh’ on the wrapper and I hope not to see another for a very long time – we took too many buses and were served WAY too many of those ham and cheese sandwiches! The problems with our bus journey started the next morning when we encountered a roadblock by a group of people protesting. They lit tires on fire in the middle of the road and had us and another bus sitting there for at least 2 hours. Finally the bus driver was able to negotiate with them to let us through.

The other bus tried to turn around but couldn’t

We were relieved and  glad to be on our way and then…our bus broke down just before arriving to Salta. We waited on the side of the road for around 2 hours and another bus picked us all up and brought us the rest of the way. We were very very late arriving in Salta! 

We spent the next couple of days walking around and exploring the city. 

We took the cable car up to San Bernardo. There was a nice park with great views of Salta. 

There was a wine bike at the top! 

After a couple of days in Salta, I ended up with food poisoning that took a few days away from me. Don’t eat at Donna Salta no matter who recommends it! Gordon was on his own to go tour around while I recovered. 

The nice, fancy, tourist restaurant that made me ill 😳

One thing we wanted to do while in Salta was travel to Purmamarca towards the Chilean border to see the Cerro de los Siete Colores. Unfortunately there was a massive landslide that closed the road for over a week. The landslide also kept us in the Salta area a bit longer then expected while we, and hundreds of others, waited for the road to open so that we could cross the Andes over to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. 

Due to the road closure we had to come up with some extra things to do which wasn’t too hard. We rented a car and did the gorgeous drive Salta – Cachi – Cafayate – Salta 😊

Where we stayed: Hotel Ankara Suites 👍

Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel




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