October 24, 2005 GMT
News from Argentina

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Newsletter from Argentina

Ja ja, lange ist es her, dass wir von uns haben hoeren lassen. Mittlerweile sind wir im Seengebiet Chiles. Aber von Vorne: Viele Tage haben wir im Norden Argentiniens, insbesondere in Salta verbracht. Einerseits brauchten wir eine kleine Reisepause, andererseits waren die Menschen und argentinien selbst der Hauptgrund fuer unser langes Bleiben. Wir hatten uns in einem Hostel eingemietet, wo wir an den Bikes basteln konnten, auf der SOnnenterasse relaxen, den ganzen Tag Tischtennis spielen konnten, in der hauseigenen Bar feiern und gleichzeitig das Nachtleben argentiniens geniessen konnten. Dabei machten wir eine wunderbare und eine anstrengende Entdeckung. Das Essen, insb. Alles was mit Fleisch zu tun hatte, zB. Filet Mignon, Rumpsteak, Sparerips und der Wein kostete selten mehr als 4 US Dollar und war unter 500gramm nicht zu bekommen. Leider war das Abendessen auch nicht vor 22 Uhr zu bekommen, dh. Weggehen war vor 1 Uhr nachts gar nicht moeglich da man dann alleine in der Bar oder Disse stand. Aber man gewoehnt sich an alles. Chris ein Schweizer Traveller half uns genauso dabei wie das superteam von Hostel Vanessa, Mariano und Diego, dass mit uns in Spanisch naechtelang diskutierte obwohl sie alle gut englisch konnten. Aufstehen war also so gegen mittag, dann 5 Runden Tischtennis, dann ein Bier und ein Hot Dog (heist hier Pancho), dann wieder Tischtennis, um 16 Uhr zur Siesta ins Bett, um 1900 in die Eisdiele nebenan, um 20 Uhr machte die Bar auf. Um 22.30 gabs es ein Steak und eine Flasche Rotwein, dann so gegen 1.30 entweder zurueck in die Bar oder in die Diskotek. Zwischen 3 und 10 Uhr morgens ging es ins Bett. Mathias, ein deutscher Traveller, der sich mit seiner Argentinischen Frau nach einer Afrikatour in Salta niedergelassen hatte und eine Touragentur leitet (www.horizonte-tours.de), zeigte uns Restaurants, wie er lebt und gab uns endlos Tipps ueber Reiseziele in der Umgebung, so fuhren wir auf unseren Tagestouren ueber 3000km zusammen.

Als unsere Schweizer Freunde aus Bolivien kamen, ging es nach 3 WOchen weiter in Richtung Sueden. Von Salta aus nahmen wir die beruehmte Ruta 40 durch die noerdl. Weinregion Argentiniens in den Nationalpark Talampaya, wo wir die einzigen Gaeste waren, nachts im Zelt am Canyon schliefen und mit dem Nachtwaechter Ivan abends in der Restaurantkueche Steaks brutzelten. Lange Naechte lang diskutierten wir uns die Koepfe heiss und wurden ueber der einen oder anderen Flasche Wein Freunde. In einem kleinen Bergdorf in der Naehe von Mendoza verbrachten wir einige Naechte auf dem Parkplatz einer Microbrewery, von dort aus wollten wir einen der Berge hier besteigen, der wenig Schnee auf der Spitze hatte. Ohne Essen und nur 1 l Wasser ging es gegen 9 Uhr los, wir wollten gegen Mittag zurueck sein fuer das Bluesfest auf dem Gelaende der Brauerei. Nach 1700 Hoehenmetern und 4 Stunden Spaeter fielen wir auf dem Gipfel auf die Knie und bettelten bei anderen Wanderern um ein Stueck SChokolade, nach fast 9 Stunden waren wir am Spaetnachmittag wieder am Ausgangspunkt, zerstochen durch die Dornenbuesche, die am Fusse des Berges wuchsen. Das Bier hatten wir uns verdient.

In diesem Bergdorf trafen wir Diego, der mit seinen Eltern ein Restaurant in der Naehe von Mendoza fuehrte und und einlud bei ihm im Garten ein paar Tage unser Camp aufzuschlagen damit wir unsere Sachen in Mendoza erledigen konnten. Von dort unternahmen wir diverse Trips in die Stadt, kauften Ersatzteile, wechselten Reifen, Kette und Oel und bereiteten uns auf Patagonien vor. Andre, ein deutscher Traveller, der plante mind. 10 Jahre in Argentinien umherzufahren, zauberte uns ein wunderbares Asado zusammen und so verbrachten wir ein gute Woche in der Gegend, incl. dem Besuch der beruehmten Champagnerdistille von Moet & Chandon.

Immer weiter entlang der Ruta 40 ging es in Richtung Sueden, links die endlose Pampa, rechts die Schneebedeckten Vulkane. Jetzt kurz vor der Grenze zum Seengebiet Chiles verbrachten wir noch einige ruhige Tage am Fusse eines schneebedeckten Vulkanes, verborgen hinter einer Felsformation an einem wunderschoenen See die Naechte bei Vollmond 100 km von jeder grossen Stadt entfernt, genossen die Natur und stimmten uns auf Chile ein.

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Yes, it’s a long long time since we wrote the last news. In the meantime we rode down some thousand miles into the lake district of Chile . But lets start at the beginning. Many days we spent in Northern Argentina, esp. Salta region. On the one hand we needed some rest from Travelling, on the other hand we enjoyed argentina and the people here so much that we couldn’t get any further. We set our camp in a hostel where we could work on the bikes, relax on the roof terrasse, play pingpong all day long, party on the rooftop bar, and enjoy argentinian nightlife. There we found something positive and something negative. Eating, that means Steak, Filet Mignon, Spare Rips and nothing less than 500 grams including great wine is never more than 4 US Dollars. But dinner is never before 2200, so if u wanna go out, never leave before 1 am, otherwise you are the first person in the bar. Anyway, Chris a swiss guy and the great team of the Hostel, Vanessa, Diego and Mariano helped us to get used to it. So we got up at noon, had a beer and a hot dog (called Pancho here), played about 5 rounds of Ping Pong, had another beer, more ping pong, went to bed for Siesta at 1600, went out for icecream next door at 1900 at 2000 the bar opened, at 2230 we had a 500 gr. Steak and a bottle of wine and at about 1.30 we either went back to the bar or into Argentinian nightlife. Back to bed between 3 or 10 in the morning…..

Mathias, a german traveller who founded a Travel agency here in Salta (www.horizonte-tours.de) and lives here with his wife showed us some nice restaurants, his life and gave us tons of infos where to ride in the area, so during our day trips we added some 3000 km around Salta.

When our swiss friends came out of Bolivia, we decided it is time to go south. From Salta we took famous Ruta 40 through the northern Arg. Wine region into National Park Talampaya, where we were the only people pitching the tent near the canyon, and were invited by Ivan, the nightguard and cook of the restaurant to prepare our steak together with him. We spent two nights talking in the restaurant, shared some red wine and became friends…he was such a great guy.

In a little village in the mountains near Mendoza we spent some nights on the parking lot of the local Microbrewery. From there we planned one morning a little hike onto one of the nice snowcapped peaks around us. Without food and just a liter of water we left at 9 expecting to return around noon for the blues festival on the Brewery yard. After 1700 meter altitude and 4 hours climbing we fell on our knees at the top of the mountain, begging to other hikers for a piece of chocolate. After almost 9 hours we came back in the late afternoon, totally scratched from the cactus which was growing around the mountain. We did earn our beer that day.

There we met Diego, half swiss, half Argentinien, running a restaurant with his parents near Mendoza. He invited us to set our camp in their backyard. From there we were easily able to get into town to buy needed spare parts, change tires and oil and chain and prepare ourself for Patagonia. Andre, a german traveller who planned to spent about 10 years in argentina prepared a wonderful Asado, and so we spent about a week in the area, visited the famous Champagner Distillerie of Moet and Chandon, had an incredible Tenedor Libre, which is the Arg. Version of all you can eat Buffet.


Ridign along Ruta 40, parly paved, partly ripio, we went further south, snowcapped volcanoes on the right hand, the endless pampa on the left hand. Here right before entering the Chilean lake district we pitched our tent near a ski resort behind some rocks by a lake at the foot of a snowcapped volcanoe and enjoyed a beautiful full moon 100 km away from any bigger city and prepared ourselves for Chile .

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Posted by Martin Wickert at 07:32 PM GMT
 


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