The "Andean Northwest" part assumes you're starting from Buenos Aires, which I was. For a month's vacation and for getting the F out of Oregon in the rainy cold winter. Everyone said Buenos Aires is a great place to party so I arrived on a Thursday to be there over the weekend. I filled a lifetime quota of museums and colonial architecture on other travels so in BA I wanted to focus on nightlife. As it turned out I saw very little of BA during the day because I was asleep :) Everyone eats dinner at 10-11pm, the nightclubs didn't even open their doors till 1-2 am, and they didn't kick us out until well after sunrise. This is a city I could easily hang in for a while... just an all around great vibe. Here's some pics to sum up my three nights in BA... I'm not posting the rest in case I ever run for public office. Palermo House Hostal Out at the clubs Room at the Palermo House Rented a Transalp from Motocare in Buenos Aires. Mariano Calderon is the owner of this company and he's a GREAT dude to work with. Takes good care of the bikes, totally fair with the security deposit at the end (there was some damage), and even helped me translate over the phone in a pinch once. He lined up all the Bolivia & Chile paperwork ahead of time so no headaches when I got down there. Really solid guy. Highly recommend Motocare if you're looking to rent a motorcycle in Argentina. This bike is going to get really f-in dirty... Here's Mariano... very cool guy.