We get up super early to leave Uyuni and head to the Argentina border. We get up early (5.30) so we can be first in line at the border when it opens. We are one of the first but it takes about 4 hours until we are back in the truck leaving. Apparently the border control is…
We get up super early to leave Uyuni and head to the Argentina border. We get up early (5.30) so we can be first in line at the border when it opens. We are one of the first but it takes about 4 hours until we are back in the truck leaving. Apparently the border control is known for being slow and causing problems.
The Argentinian Peso and the US dollar are weird here. The US dollar is illegal but the standard exchange rate is 1US:8.2P however you can exchange on the “black market” at a rate of 1US:13P which we do at the border, and which will work out better for us. We have a long drive for the rest of the day and arrive at Loki Hostel before dinner.
It is nothing like the last Loki and we are all quite suprised and happy that it is not as busy or loud. 8 of us boys are in a dorm together.
All of meals are covered by Tucan for the 2 full days we have here. There’s a big bar area with Pool, Table Tennis, Fusball, internet, tvs and a pool outside (but water is too cold to swim).
There’s happy hour and the first night gets messy with Drenga and Beer Pong and shots. Girls get bitchy and there’s tears and fights which I avoid by dancing and hanging out with Kirsty most of the night.
The next morning there’s a few headaches and hangovers. But today we have a wicked excision.
Majority of us are picked up at 9am and take a 30 minute ride to a ranch. We get geared up with a horse each and head out on a 3 hour horse ride. I havnt ridden a horse since god knows when but the horses follow each other and do the same route numerous times a day so all we have to do is hold on. The ride is just along dirt roads so it’s not overly exciting. We do get a chance to go for a gallop though. When we get back to the ranch we have in unlimited supply of red (doh) wine and the best BBQ meats and salads I’ve maybe ever had. There was about 15 different salads and we made the mistake of filling up on those. Then we had a gourmet sausage followed by the tastiest pieces of steaks ever. Throw in some ribs as well but the steak just kept coming and coming until eventually we ate all the meat they had. We literally had to force the meat in an swallow and didn’t want to waste it cause it was so good!
After lunch we all walk outside and collapse on the lawn, in a food coma. Lying on each other and with bugs crawling on us, too full to move. We lay there in the sun for over an hour while others continue drinking wine. Eventually our transfer arrives and we head back to the hostel where we are all exhausted and still in food comas.
We continue to drink as play beer pong and other games but it’s not as messy as the night before. We make friends with some of the bar staff, I like Marcos cause everytime I get another drink I ask him to play another snoop dogg song and he always does! (Much to the dislike of all the English people who are listening to shitty English songs no one outside England have heard of).
The next morning some people go on a day trip rafting but I’ve already done it in Ecuador so save my money. Spend the morning sitting in the sun by the pool. A few of us catch a local bus into Salta but it’s Sunday and almost everything is closed. Also most shops close for a Siesta between 1.30-5pm so those that are open close during this time anyways. We find a pharmacy for a few supplies, an ATM, and then grab a tasty icecream before working out which bus to get back to the hostel.
Back in the arvo as we start drinking Rum Slushies during happy hour and take advantage of Tucan paying for all our meals. The others arrive back from rafting after 6 and it’s a pretty low key night, a few drinks and games but we are leaving at 6am the next day so everyone is in bed by about midnight.
The next day is a long drive day, leaving the hostel at 6am.
We stop at a gas station for lunch on the way, and pull over at another gas station about 5pm which we camp behind for the night. Pasta dinner with wine and cheeses and in bed about 11 ready to leave at 6am the next day.
Another early morning as we head to Foz De Igauzu, which is on the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls.
We stop at some ruins for lunch and then keep driving to the hostel which we get to about 5pm. Me Julz and James get a 4 person dorm instead of the 16 room that most people are in (why we got that we don’t know).
We head out for a nice dinner. Me dan and the twins share a meet grill. I try black pudding and kidneys and hate both.
The next day we spend at Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian side.
Everyone is fucking around in the morning so me and Julz catch the bus to the falls and meet up with everyone there.
There’s a number of different treks, and lots of waterfalls. We take lots of photos. At 12.20 most of us go on a boat ride on the river where we go under some of the falls and get absolutely drenched! I missed out on doing the boat ride at Niagara (season closed a day before I got there) so happy to pay for the boat an I loved it!
We spend a few more hours looking at the falls and taking photos before catching bus back to the hostel.
Me Julz and James go out for a buffet dinner for last night in Argentina. Then head back to the hostel for a few drinks and chill with everyone. Here we find out a bunch if people have had their accounts hacked/cards skimmed whilst in Peru. Not sure if mine was done or not..