Tucuman to Cafayate

The last 2 days have been busy.  We left Cordoba yesterday at 8:15 a.m. by bus.  It was a 9 hour bus ride; we were fed some snack food, saw 3 video movies (2 in English, but not worth seeing) and saw a lot of territory heading Northwest.  We had brought food on with us, so didn’t starve.  In Tucuman, we had reserved 2 rooms in the Backpackers’ Hostel.  Recommended by 2 people.  It was very disappointing; the rooms were small and dingy and the whole place was old and dingy.  Jim and I walked across the street to check out a 4 star hotel and decided to move; it was $80 and pretty nice.  Doug and Dianne also decided, that although they usually like hostels, this one was not desirable and joined us.  By that time it was getting to be dinner time, for us, anyway.  We didn’t have time to see the city plaza or any sights.  It took us a little time to find any restaurant for food at 8 p.m. and then were not served until 9 p.m.  A little late for us, but early for Argentines.  The food was good, but too much at that late hour.  The other problem yesterday was at the hotel, we did not get good internet reception, so could not do any pictures or blog, etc.
Today, we met up with our guide, Tracy Johnson, from England.  She has lived in Argentina for at least 5 years and fell in love with the Northwest.  She has a Argentine boyfriend and started doing private tours.  Jim found her on TripAdviser.com.  We crammed all of us and our luggage into a mid-size SUV.  A little bit tight.  She took us through many places today; I hope to have time to give details later.  We enjoyed the Pachamama (mother earth) Museum and the Quilmes Ruins (although windy and got sand blasted).  We are in the foothills of the Andes; we saw rain forest and high desert.  It was a beautiful day and we are glad we decided to book with Tracy.  Tonight we are in Cafayate (ca fa jate) at a very nice Bed and Breakfast.  We have a 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite which is quite deluxe.  Again, I will add pictures later.  I’m not sure when I will have time in the next 3 days; we have a full schedule.  Now it is time for dinner, there is one place in town which serves food before 9 p.m.  Ciao, Cheryl and Jim

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