After what felt like the longest bus journey of my life followed by a truly poor attempt from someone at the border of Bolivia/Argentina who tired to rob me (yeah, he didn’t get away with it), we finally made it to Salta, Argentina for the first stop in this awesome country. I didn’t completely know what to expect, but all that was on my mind was steak and of course, WINE. Enough with the tours, enough with the trekking, it was the last leg of our trip and I was ready mellow out. I know that sounds crazy, but sometimes you need a break from all the craziness of traveling.
I was surprised to find prices of hostels to be a bit pricey in Argentina. And even though I already said, “We will not stay at Loki Salta“, sure enough it’s what ended up happening. We had a free night on our Loki passports and the other nights were extremely cheap. Mostly because Loki hostel in Salta is a good 30-40 minutes away from the center of town by local bus. Even though the hostel is in the middle of nowhere, it’s set in a beautiful, relaxing location. Surrounded by mountains, you can completely relax by the pool or loose yourself in a book on the hammocks. Although this Loki will not give you the same insane party experiences you’ll find in Cusco or Mancora, the staff are fun and you will most likely meet people looking to have a good time. It was also worth the trip outside of town in order to save a chunk of our American dollars that we had brought with us from Boliva.
Yeah, American dollars! After some mishaps with Argentina’s economy, many travelers are enjoying the benefits of the “black market” exchange rate. We had our first experience with this in Salta when we found a man on the street near the square sneakily saying “cambio, cambio, cambio” as tourists walked by. We exchanged our cash right there on the corner of a busy street and went on with our way. Click here for more about why traveling to Argentina may be cheaper for you because of the county’s current economic situation (via Thrillist).
Salta is known for it’s museums, beautiful plaza side restaurants, and quaint architecture. I wish we had stayed a little longer than two days but we were getting down to the wire and the days of saying, “Hey! I like this place, let’s extend”, were over. We had just over three weeks left and had places to go and things to see. Regardless we met some great people, explored the city by day, took the cable car up to the viewpoint, and most of all, had some delicious wine and steak. After our first meal in Argentina, I think it was safe to say that we were settling in just fine!
As happy I was to be in Argentina, I had a feeling of “oh crap, our journey is ALMOST over” in the back of my head. I had joked mid trip that I was having a “mid-trip crisis”, but entering our last country is when it finally started to hit me. How did these months go by so fast? But there is so much more that I wanted to see! Three weeks left, REALLY!? Then I started to think to myself… if I had three weeks of a trip anytime in my life before South America, I would have been on cloud nine. So I shifted my attitude from being a bit fearful to let’s live it up these next three weeks and make the absolute most out of it. I wanted to shake that feeling of it’s almost over to it’s just getting started. Plus, we were off to Mendoza next and all that I could think about was… malbec, cab, malbec, malbec, malbec, and maybe a bit more cab!