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The nightmare bus and exploring Salta

September 15, 2009

The bus journey from Puerto Iguazu to Salta is scheduled to be 23 hours. We left at 11am and were to arrive at 10am the next day. It took us 25, which was actually pretty surprising considering all the delays we had. The only choice is Flechabus. While they are supposedly fine on other routes, I do NOT recommend them to Salta! Flechabus was terrible, especially for the length of the trip.

First off, I was a bit spoiled from my “suite” bus to Iguazu. On this bus I had “semicama” which was more like an airplane coach seats. And the food? Oh the food was terrible. Except for a small sandwich at lunch, all the meals were basically crackers, an alfajor, and some gross sweet cookies/hard pastries.

But the best part was breaking down in the middle of nowhere! We had already spent an hour in Posadas “fixing” something on the bus. Then we spent nearly two hours out in the middle of nowhere, at night, with trucks and buses stopping to try to jump start the bus. It didn’t work, so they put us onto two other buses to get to Corrientes. Luckily, these buses were way nicer, so we got to relax in big comfy seats and watch Pelham 123 on nice TVs, etc.

Then in Corrientes we were switched back to another bus, the same crappy kind of one we’d been on before. Lame. Then we got the only “decent” meal the whole time (at one in the morning, apparently this was their way of making it all up to us?) of a chicken finger, potatoes, and teeny tiny little ham and cheese sandwich…and cold (the potatoes were soo gross!)

Despite all the problems, though, we still managed to arrive in Salta only an hour and a half late. Not too bad considering. So I found a hostel with a couple people I knew from the bus and we headed out to explore Salta.

Today was also a holiday in Salta, El Dia de Santa Maria. There were people everywhere, a big parade, and a ton of people gathered around the (beautiful) cathedral in the main plaza. It was cool to see everyone out, celebrating. We ended up then walking basically the entire length of the town (from our hostel at the bottom right corner of our map to a park at the top left corner!) and then finally finding a place to eat lunch (everything was closed for the holiday). Unfortunately, the lunch turned into a dinner because they took so long to take our order, bring our food, bring the check, etc. and messed up pretty much everything (apparently it was our waitress’s first day).

In the end it was a fairly good day. Lots of sitting on the bus (25 hours nearly!) and then looots of walking. Balanced out in the end, I suppose.

Tomorrow we will try to get down to Cafayate to see some nice scenery and do some wine tasting. We shall see. Ciao for now!

Acommodation: Traveller’s Hostel – 25 pesos (about US$6). Decent hostel. Very cheap and close to the bus station, which was good enough for me! Very small, but has a good kitchen, pool, free internet and wifi, TV and playstation. Bathrooms and rooms are so-so. Not great. Music downstairs and the road outside are loud in the room.

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