El tren a las nubes

After years of waiting I finally was going to ride el tren a las nubes (the train to the clouds). It’s a train that goes up in the Andies to the chilean border 4220 meters above sea level. What I didn’t think about was that it rains a lot here from December to February making it too dangerous to go with the train, and they had stopped the train for the season 5 days earlier. Timing!! Luckily they still had trips by van that went along the railroad track. So that’s what I did.
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I couldn’t ride them but at least I could see some of the 29 bridges.
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And a little cactus….
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….or two

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They where everywhere

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The highest point of the day.

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On the way we also passed by Salinas Grandes wich is a salt dessert. Salt salt salt all the way to the horizon.

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Here are some more pics from the day.

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Next stop Tilcara.

Salta

After some medialunas and Mate for breakfast I left Cafayate heading for Salta.
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Well, let’s say I already seen my fair share of roads and mountains. It’s really beautiful though. The mountains changes color and size along the way.
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After parking the car and checking in at the hotel it’s time to try the local specialty, empanadas saltenas. And to that a local beer, Mmmmmmm.
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Drinking some mate by the river (or actually in the river) in San Lorezo, Salta. This is life!

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Tomorrow I’m heading up in the mountains.

Cafayate

I was advised to take road nr 40 becAuse it was supposed to be better, well they fooled me there. I started driving at 10 AM. After getting a ticket for not having my lights on in broad daylight, almost crashing with a hord of donkeys and driving on dirt roads up in the mountains in the dark I finally arrived to Cafayate at 1AM. But I must say it was worth it. Super nice little town with walking distance to many wineries. Mmmmmm….

The nicest house I’ve seen in along time.

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And they have not just a disco but a mega disco. How great is that?

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Merlot grapes

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WINE

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Wine tasting = a happy Dave

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Red wine ice cream is a hit!

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Next stop: Salta