09.11.2005 20 °C
So for those that are still with us our journy continues.
Well still in Salta to start with. For tea we went for a walk around the city trying to find a cheese shop that we were given directions to from the staff in the hotel - no luck. We went to this restaurant for tea and they had the local dish advertised on special for 19 pesos (A$6.00) for the two of us so we took it. The meal came out amd it was this huge amount of meat on a bar b que hot plate -not sure what all the meat was but it had kidneys, liver, something that looked like bar b qued tripe, ribs, something else which Penny thinks was tongue, some really tender steak, blood sausages ( which we didn't eat) overall it was really nice and the meat was eally great - we didn't get sick from it which was also a bonus.
The next day we took the sky lift to a hill overlooking the town of Salta and had lunch up there - all pretty nice. Tried to download photo's with no luck. Booked trip onwards. Had beer and nibbles in the main plaza watching the world go by.
Slept in the next day as it was our last day in Salta and we had a long bus trip in front of us. Had lunch in town and took the bread they give out with every meal and bought some meat on the way back to the hostel so we had something to eat on the bus trip.
Got on the bus in Salta to Resistancia, and very quickly realised that we had booked the wrong bus as it was stopping at every bus top along the way picking up people - still managed to get a few hours sleep along the way. Arrived in Resistencia around 0530 am and were dropped off in the street outside the bus terminal. Got a taxi into town and found an early opening restaurant and had breakfast. walked to the tourist office around 0730am and after talking to them decided to head off to Pasadas as we didn't feel too bad after the bus trip and we could save a day. We had pre booked accommodation in Posadas via the net, and got there about 5.30pm. Accommodation was in an old building, although we had our own room self contained it was very basic and was in need of a lot of maintenance - the kitchen was that bad that we could not cook or eat there. Had dinner in town at a flash restaurant - penny had hawaiin steak, and dib steak with mushrooms and potato. Steak was terrific and it still only cost us A$10 for both. There was no-one in the restaurant when we got there but when we left it was packed - they eat late over here.
Not too good the next day - gout struck dib!!! had a slow walk up to the main plaza and late breaky in the main plaza street and watched the world go by. The local school kids put on a drum,dancing display, not sure what it was all about but they were having fun anyway. Had a wait at the bus terminal for our bus to Puerto Iguazo, and whilst waiting had some empanada - wrong move. about half hour into the bus trip the stomach cramps started, and we also realised that we had picked the wrong bus as it ws stopping at every bus stop picking up people. There were people sitting on the floor, standing up and there was no room at all. In addition the toilet on the bus didn't work so couldn't be used. The only benefit from the bus being a local bus was that it stopped regularly so we were able to use the toilets at all the bus stops. The trip was only 260 klms but took us 6 hours of misery. Finally arrived at Puerto Iguazu and got to the hostel we had booked around 7.30pm - got directions from the tourist bureau and they got us lost and then a young guy that we asked took us to where we were meant to go. Hostel was pretty good.
Had a arest day with a short wander around the local town. Nice quiet town - found bank - organised bus trip onwards. For tea had a local dish - lumps of meat on a great big sword that is stuck into wood on the end of your table - you slice the meat off the sword onto your plate - all very nice.
Were driven into the Argentina side of the Iguazu falls by the owner of the hostel we were staying in. Had an open army style truck trip thru the jungle, then a jet boat ride jup the river to the falls thru the rapids, then into the spray under the falls - everyone got totally wet and it was all great fun. back onto land with everyone dripping wet but no'one really cared as everyone was in the same boat - luckily dib didn't notice the wet clothes competition that was going on all around him. we then had a walk along the top of the falls right t the point where the falls tumble over the edge. Really quite spectular and incredibly noisy. Had a steak in town that we shared and some mashed spuds - had tea with an american from texas who had done a lot of work in queensland working on cattle stations - surprising who you meet around the place.
The next day we went to the brazillian side of the falls, and realised that we had wasted our money on our visas as they were not even needed and on the brazillian side they didn't evenn look at our passports. Went to a bird aviary before the falls and that was very interesting with birds from all over the world. The falls on the Brazillian side of the falls are diffferent from the Argentine side but just as amazing - you seem to be able to see them from different perspective as you are looking at them rather than down on them. Back at the hostel met a guy from Scarborough (perth) who gave us some tips for buenos aires.
Had a really nice trip overnight from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires in a pretty amazing bus - fully lay back seats with wine served with dinner. Not sure why but we had a large amounts of stops and being searched by the Police on the way - they didn't seem to find anything or take anyone off so not sure what it was about. The trip was around 16 hours long and managed to get a few hours sleep. arrived in Buenos Aires to find that the accommodation that we had booked had been double booked - a bit of a drama but we finally ended up in a really nice apartment that has its own kitchen that we are able to cok breaky's and tea in so that has been really nice.
Thats it - we are in Buenos aires and will report in due course. Its OK if anyone wants to corespond with us as we don't mind reading any mail - any mail will do!!! please someone talk to us..