tales from Salta, and the road.

A joint post by Caz, Elaine and Rachel.

Salta
"Monica's" rapidly became shorthand for perfection following our stay at Capricho in Salta. Monica welcomed us with a pot of tea and selection of cookies. Our room spread over three levels, the middle being a comfy reading area. We feasted on the freshest salads and tangy lemonade. Or curled up in the corner of the courtyard, surrounded by flowering plants and twinkling lights as the night drew in. The website has contact details, for pictures and details see here. When we did leave the courtyard, we popped down the road to pink and yellow crazy Iglesia San Francisco, and up the cable car too.

Quilmes
We thought we'd beat the coach parties, but they too were staying at the hotel in the ruins too! So many people, and only one Pedro to check us in, give directions, mop the floor, run the bar... Climbing high above the ruins, from the lookout we could trace our journey in, the night before.



On the road, by San Rafael's chapel, high high above the clouds. El Golfo coped very well with the terrain, including the diversion along a dry river bed...

Cachi
Another fabulous stay at Hotel El Cortijo in the well kept village of Cachi, high up in the mountains. After a long drive on the ripio unpaved road from Cafayate, we fell into the sofas, mugs of coffee and chocolate in hand. Caz and I had a quick game of Trivial Pursuits in español and sampled some coca leaves and organic wine!

Purmamarca
Home of the seven coloured mountain, vast salt plains, and location for recent Argentine film, Una Estrella and Dos Cafes. This resulted in much excitement from Rachel as she snapped location spots and tried to identify actors in the film, even embarrassingly asking the boy minding the corner shop while having her photo taken by a poster of the film!

We made full use of the shopping opportunities at the craft market, and sat in the sun listening to a local choir sing outside the village church. And finally, a restaurant to recommend after several days of limited vegetarian options, the highlight being six carrot-and-lettuce-on-a-cocktail-stick that we were presented with in Cachi! We made up for it with the hot empanadas, pumpkin soup and quinoa risotto, followed by turron icecream, or rich rice pudding.
Los Morteros, Calle Salta, Purmamarca (0388) 490 8002

Bye from Claudio of the dazzling white teeth, busy Monica, and Pedro of the curly black hair.

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