Cafayate and beyond…

25 Jul

After Quilmes I headed to the wine region of Cafayate.  There I met Laure and Pierre, a cool French couple who are cycling around the world for 3 years! Wow! They are even cycling the length of Africa on their recumbent bikes. Really wishing I could join them on their trip!  Decided to head out on the bikes with them for a lovely day’s cycle to a small local village.  I now fancy trying a recumbent bike when I get home as they say they are super comfortable and it is really easy to carry loads of weight.

Laure and Pierre

Laure and Pierre

Did some nice wine tasting in Cafayate and sampled lots of empanadas (small pasties) at the House of Empanadas!  And then it was time for more cycling (to work off the empanandas)  from the Gargantuan del Diablo back to Cafayate having put my hired bike into the storage bit of the bus.  I love a country where travelling with a bike is acceptable!!! Some images of the cycle….

Cycling back to Cafayate

Cycling back to Cafayate

Cycling back to Cafayate

Cycling back to Cafayate

From Cafayate I headed onto Salta where I went to the wonderful Alta Montana museum which displays 3 child sacrifices found at 6,700 metres at the top of Volcan Llullaillaco.  A truly amazing museum with loads of information both on the  history of the sacrifices (made as an offering to the gods for good weather or a good harvest) and also on the mountaineering aspect of bringing the sacrifices down from the mountain.  The museum itself is somewhat controversial as the indigenous people do not believe in the children being taken from their resting place to a museum far away from their “community”.  And that is not so hard as understand as their people wanted the children to be laid to rest in the mountains and they think it is bad luck to move them.

I also managed to hit Salta at the time of the Bicentenario celebrations (200 years since Argentina’s independence).

This was cool as it involved loads of free music events and also a huge procession of gauchos on their horses who marched through the city as a mark of the war of the gauchos in the fight for the independence of Argentina led by Martin Miguel de Guemes.

Bicentenary celebrations in Salta

Bicentenary celebrations in Salta

Lots of horses

Lots of horses

Bicentenary, Salta

Bicentenary, Salta

After being in the big city for a bit it was time to head further North of Argentina…next stop Tilcara….

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