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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.
Good to see that you are enjoying the Argentinian way of life
Ride safe !
Be careful on that one. We thought we had it all nailed down.... not.
You would have a pretty girl, and there are many in Argyland, in the foto of the hostel.
Food and wine are great there. Mind the drivers, they all think that they are Juan Manuel Fangio in rusted out heaps with bad brakes.
Know what you mean about packing. I overpack. Did I see a cover on your bike in one of the fotos. Tried to cut back on stuff on this trip and sure could have used my lightweight rain shell here in SoCal
Excuse the cutesies... my fingers are awkward on this iPad
Great updates and progress... looking forward to more...
Getting money and exchange is always a trick. You try to figure out how much you will need and cut it close so you do not have much at the border to re-exchange. I have been keeping fairly good track of my expenses with a spread sheet so I know that in Peru my daily rate was around $62 USD per day (I was on my own and getting single rooms with Bathrooms that added to my budget) and Bolivia was at $52 USD. This includes everything I spent including Visa's fee (big in Bolivia at $130USD, and bike parts, laundry, cerveza etc)
I use ATM's and once I arrive in a country, take out a chunk of what I will need for the country so that in small towns and villages I have money and do not have to always find an ATM. The other issue is many of the ATM's down here only give a small amount of money, like $100-$150 per transaction :huh so you end up doing multiple withdrawals :eek1 but that is how it works unless you find one that gives more!
I have noticed that you can get a better exchange rate sometimes on the street than the ATM, but for ease and hopefully to avoid getting counterfeit bills (which are certainly around down here).
Hope that answers your question. For a long trip it is hard to carry all the USD you will need so you end up paying the bank fee + international transaction fee of 3% of ATM withdrawals. I have an account that reverses my ATM fees so all I pay is the Int'l Fee.....
Glad you noticed. My friend Hector told me Salta had many beautiful women
You did. Having a bike cover has been one of the best things I brought with me!! It does take up space, but by covering your bike it sort of make it invisible to most people!! Would highly recommend this as part of the gear needed for SA travel! (and it keeps my sheepskin dry :)
Enjoying my time in northern Argentina, but it is a time that I am on my own. Have not seen any other moto travelers days without speaking much english, but it is a good time of reflection on my journey and taking in the culture here in Argentina.
There are always things you think about on a ride like this. I have met some very interesting people, enjoyed traveling with some amazing people and sharing the experiences which is really great.
I had not done any research about this northern part of Argentina as most of my focus was on the Lake District, and southern Chile, Patagonia. So this is interesting to just be taking it in.
As part of my trip, I spend some of my time reading books about things I see or learn along the way. I have been reading "CHE" for the past few weeks as you see his image all over Central and South America. It is interesting to be reading it while riding through some of the areas he traveled not only in Motorcycle Diaries, but as he changed into a Guerrilla fighter for Socialist change. He was a brutal killer of people that did not adhere to the "Revolutionary Fight"
Had a good parking patio at the Hotel in Salta, But it was a narrow ride through the hall, dining room and out the front door. If the bike was any bigger it would not have made it!
The 186 KM road riding south to the wine area and town of Cafayate. Was beautiful once you got 30-40 miles from Cafayate. As I got on my bike in the morning, I felt so grateful to me able to make this ride today!!
The colors of the mountains went from red with lots of greenery.
to Huge formations jutting up out of the earth.
Beautiful relaxed ride..... Just a great visual ride!
Some of the road was washed out, but good smooth dirt riding.
The entrance to the "Garganta del Diablo" (not the Iguazu falls)
Pleasure to enjoy the warm temps and sunshine as I had a few hour ride to Cafayate.
The photos do not do it Justice.
As the road starts to emerge from the mountains to the valley the rocks fade into the plains.
And at the edge of town the wineries start!
Found a great hotel in town. Was a bit more money but has A/C, WIFi and nice gardens. Great place to stay for a few days.
Met a Dutch couple staying at the hotel and had dinner with them! Leo and Viola Always great to share the trip with other travelers!!
aren't you close to your anniversary of one year on the road? not counting the intermezzo's flying home to take care of business. planning anything special?
My trip actually started 6/1/11. Headed into Mexico 10/11. So I figure I am on month 17 of my travels even though I was "home" in the us a few times, I have have my house rented out and have been on the road the whole time!
So far I have ridden about 50,000 miles in 16 countries ! On 3 motos (2of my own and the royal enfield rental in India)
Of course you did.
Uncle Sam has a career waiting for you when you return. http://careers.state.gov/officer
Thanks for doing a significant part of my research for me!!
your accommodation co-ords and reviews are awesome.
I want to do the back route to MP when I get there but I'm wondering about bike security. What did you do with valuables? Did you leave some stuff in Cusco or did it all come with you and then left some in Santa Teresa? Or did you have all your valuables with you on the walk to Agua Calientes?
Keep up the great work!
Thanks for your comments, I think I should has put in more coordinates for accommodations early in the RR but I did not think about it.)! Bike security was not an issue in Santa Teresa. We left our bikes at the Camping Hostel on the far edge of town, the owner put our riding gear in his house. I know others left bikes in the Jungle Hostel in Town.
Of course I took my Passport, Money, computer and Cameras to Aguas Caliente.
Radioman... how long have you been out now? miles covered? any routes posted?
congrats on your trip!!
You can look at my spotwalla page to see the actual route. It is on page one.... Just select the number of days....
Radioman, Check out this report http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810189&page=14 They are asking for some suggestions about the area that you went through earlier.
I'm really enjoying your trip report. Thanks for taking us along. I got hooked on yours from following Mike and Jill's RR (since I'm another CO Transalp rider).
I was going to wait until I was all caught up to add my comments/thanks to the RR, but when I got to this
It was just to reminiscent of last nights news report on the train engine that got dropped while unloading off a cargo ship
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I'm glad your unloading went smoother so we could continue to follow along.
one never knows. Thanks Ken!
As I rolled in Cafayate which is a Wine area, There was a perfect blue sky and the the Sun was shining ! Found a hostel just off the 3 blocks of off the main square!
This place was really nice!! But of course it was 180 Peso's a night ($38.5 USD for a single) But this is a tourist area and to be expected. But when people say that the south is expensive, it is compared to Mexico, central America or northern SA. Of course compared to the US it is still relatively inexpensive. My daily trip cost for Argentina has crept up with higher lodging and fuel costs (mostly due to longer distances to travel). Sitting about $63 USD a day so far. If I stop more, the rate drops as fuel is about 30% of a daily cost.
Had a great spot for my bike.
I settled into my room with A/C, WIFI (it was a bit up and down), lots of space, hot showers, comfort! Then walking into town. Smiled at the sign!
The hostel has breakfast on the third floor with a nice view over the town. Sunsets were nice as well!
Had dinner again in town with Leo and Violeta!
And the next night we met at the top floor and had some wine and cheese. Really enjoyed chatting with them and spending time. They both have traveled a lot, and was a great time! to you! Hope you have a great trip in Argentina!! Look me up if you travel to the states!
We watched the sun go down, then out for dinner at 9PM None of us are actually ready to eat dinner so late....
This guy was a great "tout" for his restaurant, so we stopped and had dinner..... Of course he rolls out the "best" wines for us to choose from. One was half price which was reasonable, so we go for it!
Had another amazing steak dinner. But they are huge portions so Leo and I split the steak. It was 500Grams
Cafayate is a small town, and a great place to take it easy for a few days! You can go to wineries nearby, or some of the other geological sites. I just took it easy!!
Lots of wine shops!
Took it easy, had Empanadas for lunch
While listening to the guitar player play "Gaucho Music". Relaxed!!
Loved the 3 policia Bikes as they cruised around the small town .....
Spotted another bike bike in town, never saw the rider who was Argentinian....
As I have been riding I have seen these round stickers on the back of some cars and buses. This one had the KPH ..... they must have a "max" speed ...
Back at my hostel...... Which key to use?
Was great to enjoy the small town of Cafayate! Next stop is further south in Mendoza as I need a new rear tire and have to not wander around too much Plus my time is a bit limited now as I have booked a passage on a ship to Antarctica for the second week of December. Will make the ride to Ushuaia in the next month, then double back up to see things I missed ...... and depending on what I do next and where I ship my bike.......
Time to keep moving south. Know that the next few days will be making some miles to Mendoza. It is about 600+ miles south/southwest to Mendoza, just heading down the valley. Not much to stop for, other than the small towns, so I am up early for a ride.
My rear TKC 80 is getting thin..... So I hope to make it to Santiago to replace it.... We will see. Mendoza is fairly large so I might be able to get one there.
out the valley then up over the mountains toward Tucuman
Some fog as I cruise along through the green fields in this area. Got up to 7,000 feet or so
Then some nice lush mountains with winding roads
Buen Viaje "gracias"! As I ride the roads have very light traffic, and I am out in very rural areas...
Fortunately I love getting on my bike and riding. Just taking in the landscapes, the towns and the area. In Argentina, I love that the stop lights have yellow to let you know about when to go.
Then back to wide open spaces
Blue sky ahead
I arrive in La Rioja. Which is a bigger town. I find the Hotel Embajador. Which is OK, just a place to stop.
for the night really. But had a great meal in town.
and a walk around the plaza. Saturday Mass in full swing.
Went to bed fairly early as I have another 300+ mile ride to Mendoza in the morning.
My friend, you sure are living it. Thanks again for taking us along.
I am really looking forward to Antartica