30 May Month 6-Last City in South America, Buenos Aires
Even though I have been to Buenos Aires before back in 2005 it seems like a lifetime ago. I do not remember this city being so large, maybe because I have been to so many smaller cities on this trip (except Mexico City) it is an illusion. The building and apartment I am staying in is by far the best yet. The set up here is also great because the building itself has 43 of us, like we took over the place. It is a converted hotel into apartments in the Palermo neighborhood. As usual I have been running around the continent and just got back from Iguazu Falls and was in Salta the week before that. Arriving late to a city has become the norm for me on this trip too. Everyone arrived on Saturday, I arrived on Monday night. Most have settled in over the weekend, I still have to figure things out.
First lets talk about Salta. I ended up booking this trip last minute and went myself. The landscape is incredible in this northern area of Argentina. The rocks and mountains are multi colored and the reason it is named Salta is because of Salinas Grande Salt Flats. I have been to the Uyuni Desert in Bolivia and the salt flats there are just the most spectacular site, it being the largest salt flats in the world and you see white salt for miles upon miles. Salinas Grande was really special too but like I said, Uyuni is just awesome. Purmamarca was a place that I was very excited to go see and was not disappointed at all. The colored mountains were as colorful as the photos that I saw online and in brochures. I did a tour the first day and rented a car for the next two days. It was such a pleasurable experience driving through the winding mountains of Salta in a stick shift. Over 800 km (500 miles), that is how much I drove in 2 days, that’s a lot. On the first day I actually drove almost 200 miles to eat 3 Empenadas in Cafayate and then I left after eating. Some of the other places I visited were the cloud covered mountains of La Cuesta del Obispo and the small town of Cachi.
Instead of doing the transition from Cordoba to Buenos Aires with the rest of the group, which was a 10 hour bus ride, I decided to go with Derek to Iguazu Falls in Argentina for the weekend instead. This was the 3rd time that I did not do the transition with the group and sometimes you do feel like you miss out and play catch up on the city when you arrive late-BA had that feeling for me. Derek did not have his visa for Brazil, I did, so we both went to the Argentine side and I went alone to the Brazil side. I also went to see the 2nd largest Hydroelectric power plant in the world in Brazil, the Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam. The weather was very cloudy and it rained like a mother the day we went to see the Argentine side, we got soaked. The boat ride was an unexpected fun time as we went under the falls. The Brazil side was not as good to me, I enjoyed the Argentina side better, maybe it was the weather as the sky was completely white with clouds on my day there. The Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam was a nice thing to do to kill some time on my last day too.
I will be searching around Buenos Aires for a few weeks before my next post I need to find buildings to photograph and day trips to do.