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11. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 7y

Yes the tour i went on i went to both.Ive just looked back at my photos and took photos of the 7 coloured mountain at 10.09am and the salt flats at 11.40am so they are not too far apart.The tour started from Salta around 7.30am i think.

afraid i cannot remember the name of the company or the price but it was a mad experience.when i booked it i was told i would be with 2 argentine couples,however the guide turned up late with his best mate joining us and said the 2 couples had a change of plan.so the guide and his mate said they could do whatever i wanted.stop and take photos wherever etc etc.

we all got on so well they invited me out with their friends that night to a local nightclub in salta.they made me try an argentine drink called fernet which you drink with coke.it has to be tried but its an acquired taste haha.

the 3 day tour was amazing but also crazy.the weather was so bad on the last day i was told it was not possible to cross the border.i told the guide i must do no matter what.when i arrived at the transfer point to be taken over the border i saw why.the snow was 4 feet deep in places but luckily we made it.

however the 1 day tour is also amazing and you feel like your alone in the middle of a desert.some of my photos on the 1 day tour were better than the 3 day.

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

With 11 days, I would say bus from BA to Cordoba (1/2 day), spend a couple of days there (its a lovely city). Bus from there to Mendoza (few hrs), spend another few days there and then continue on over the Andes by bus to Santiago. That's a really direct route and a good one. If you try to cram in anymore you'll just be very rushed. Mendoza, in my opinion, is as nice a destination to spend time as Bariloche.

Have a great trip! :)

13. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

yeah i definately say go with the north option. san pedro de atacama is a really cool place! i cycled, floated in beautiful salt lakes, sand boarded and saw the sunset at valle de la luna. i stayed 3 nights i think. i say 2 or 3 days in BA....i mean, it´s a cool city....but nothing to go too crazy for if you only have that short time. just hit up some main plazas for statues...oblisco obviosly and the casa rosada too....also la boca, you can at least see the stadium if you cant see a game...there´s a museum and everything in the stadium. its an interesting neighborhood...but i mean it´s just a good place to walk around a bit and eat luch (you can see good tango here) . but yeah sure seeing a proper tango show would be the ideal (at night). and if you are interested i really enjoyed the bellas artes and MALBA museums...but whatever floats your boat. im gonna suggest Trip Hostel Recoleta (haha, im actually currently there..). it´s a great hostel and small, im mostly suggesting it for the location. it is literally across the street from the cemetery, and the view from the patio on top of the hostel is of the whole cemetery, it´s cool! Puerto Madero can also be added to your city tour, it´s a clssic image of BA. all those things can be done in 1 day, so im going to suggest you take the train to Tigre to get something different into the experience of BA. its really cool, really nice and pretty and tranquil..you can walk by the river, take a boat ride, and there´s even argentina´s only amusement park (or at least i think...but im not suggesting that you should go there necissarily :P)...and more quiet than the Capital Federal. tigre is best seen on a friday or saterday because there´s puerto de frutos, an awesomely ginormous fair. id also suggest San Isidro on your way back from tigre. salta i kinda hated, i preferred to stay in small towns. cafayate was my favorite! but yeah you do have tons of 1 day tour options!
hope this helps you as a different perspective....
enjoy your trip

14. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

o i just read what reece said.......STAY AWAY FROM FERNET BRANCA!!!!!! dont even think about trying it without coke. ok...yeah im just not a fan. drink yerba mate instead :)

15. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 7y

Quoting evadiva

yeah i definately say go with the north option. san pedro de atacama is a really cool place! i cycled, floated in beautiful salt lakes, sand boarded and saw the sunset at valle de la luna. i stayed 3 nights i think. i say 2 or 3 days in BA....i mean, it´s a cool city....but nothing to go too crazy for if you only have that short time. just hit up some main plazas for statues...oblisco obviosly and the casa rosada too....also la boca, you can at least see the stadium if you cant see a game...there´s a museum and everything in the stadium. its an interesting neighborhood...but i mean it´s just a good place to walk around a bit and eat luch (you can see good tango here) . but yeah sure seeing a proper tango show would be the ideal (at night). and if you are interested i really enjoyed the bellas artes and MALBA museums...but whatever floats your boat. im gonna suggest Trip Hostel Recoleta (haha, im actually currently there..). it´s a great hostel and small, im mostly suggesting it for the location. it is literally across the street from the cemetery, and the view from the patio on top of the hostel is of the whole cemetery, it´s cool! Puerto Madero can also be added to your city tour, it´s a clssic image of BA. all those things can be done in 1 day, so im going to suggest you take the train to Tigre to get something different into the experience of BA. its really cool, really nice and pretty and tranquil..you can walk by the river, take a boat ride, and there´s even argentina´s only amusement park (or at least i think...but im not suggesting that you should go there necissarily :P)...and more quiet than the Capital Federal. tigre is best seen on a friday or saterday because there´s puerto de frutos, an awesomely ginormous fair. id also suggest San Isidro on your way back from tigre. salta i kinda hated, i preferred to stay in small towns. cafayate was my favorite! but yeah you do have tons of 1 day tour options!
hope this helps you as a different perspective....
enjoy your trip

Have you ever thought of using things like Capital letters, commas, paragraphs or the 'enter' key to space things out. I don't know just an Idea..
Maybe you shouldn't have skipped school, hey? hahahah! LOL

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 27, 2008, at 5:37 PM by i c e ]

16. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

LOL you are insane...
sometimes i can´t be bothered...you know?...im kinda a stream of conciousness kinda typer...call it my ´style´
ill be more organized in the future when advising though...

17. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 7y

That's okay Eva, you're still just a cute little budding member. LOL.

Icerofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:

18. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 7y

Ice do you have to patronise people and continue to keep using so many stupid emoticons all the time

19. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Looks like it´s been decided already, but let me back the idea to fly, rather than bus, to Salta. It is one fucking dull bus ride . I just did it going the other way, and the landscape does not change at all. Interminable. I did a photo thing where I took a pic of my self with the the bus window behind me every hour. I could have taken all 14 shots in one spot. No landscape changes at all.

But make sure you bus through to Santiago from there. The pass through the mountains is one of the most spectacularly beautiful sights I have ever seen.

20. Posted by LuVet (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

cHEERs,

we are out in Brazil right now. We have a flight booked from BA to salta so its north we go!! sounds great.
Any recommendations on stops down from San Pedro to Santiago? La Serena perhaps?? For one night to break up the journey....

Can anyone recommend the best place for horse riding/ or a certain company/person (Salta is the place to do it??)

Also - any great hostels in Salta and San Pedro to use???

\which of the 2 bus companies is best to use from Salta to San Pedro??

Has anyone hired a bike in San Pedro and gone to Moon Valley or others attractions instead of paying to go on the tourist trips??