We arrived at the border after a suprisingly good train (we got blankets and everything) and set off on our journey to Salta. Unfortunately, we hadn't realised there was a time difference in Argentina so when we reached the bus station and realized our bus had already left we were a tad annoyed. After going via Juyjuy we finally managed to get there.
We checked into a hostel that night but after meeting the Mancunian people from La Paz we decided we were in the wrong (expensive) area of town and moved. Although this hostel was more expensive we got breakfast AND an evening meal included =) Everyone had warned us about how expensive Argentina was going to be but if Salta is anything to go by we think we´ll do ok, you can buy sandwiches for 1 peso which is 20p! And a bottle of vodka is £2.50 and don't get us started on the £1 wine!!
We found Salta really relaxing, walking round the city and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. We caught up with the guys we´d been with in Bolivia and had a few good nights out. We also made the effort on one hungover day to travel up to the viewpoint on the cable car. The Manchester boys were in control of a prized possession (Byrnes camera) and as he was back at the hostel ill they decided to take full advantage and photograph every part of the day so he didn't feel left out. As well as some amazing pictures of the view of Salta there are also some extra pictures ranging from the dog that attacked everyone to sachets of sugar, good times!
Salta is renowned for horse riding so we decided to give it a go and in Sam´s case to get back in the saddle, literally! Mike, Benny and Callum went with the same company and recommended that we did the trip with the lunch, so not only did we get the chance to roam around the Argentinan countryside but we also got our first experience of the famous steak and wine, and it was gooood! In our group were two South Americans who also had the lunch and whilst discussing various topics including why a grape and grapefruit are called what they are (yes very odd) the guide was topping Sam up with wine to calm her nerves. After a lovely lunch we got introduced to our horses and set off on our way. Sam was pretty nervous but the guide told her that she had a lazy horse so not to worry. We both got into the horseriding and even tried to get our horses to move abit faster, but unfortunately under our instruction they wouldn't move but as soon as the guide made a noise they were off! It was all good to begin with but when Sam´s horse wouldn't stop despite her pulling at the reigns as much as she could she got a little freaked out, even more so when the guide had to actually grab the reigns himself to try control the horse! Despite this though we both had an awesome day and would recommend it to anyone who visits there.
We have managed to get a few photos from other people but all our photos and videos of us galloping on the horses are all missing.. nevermind though we have the memories, next stop Cordoba!