The Subtleties of Argentinian Nightlife
09.10.2009 - 12.10.2009
Continuing on my northern path to hopefully see the last days of Che in Bolivia I arrived in Salta, my last city in this visit to Argentina. I was here to see the foothills to the Andes, another sacrifice museum and also hopefully see some of the famous argentinian nightlife.
The first day it was off to look around and the city itself has a very quaint feel than what I am used to thus far, with a nice central plaza and a really quite spectacular pink church. The town also has a famous hill to climb with the associated religious statue. With a sign saying 1070 steps to the top I decided this was more than achievable and made my way up the hill passing many person that had succumbed along the way. Once at the top you are afforded some very nice views of the city and the surrounding valley.
That night it was out to the main nightclub area of town with my room mates all of which were Argentinian none of which spoke any english so it was a difficult night conversation wise but with a couple of beers and some hand gestures we were able to get by. The night itself was very strange not least of all for the fact that I went to bed at 8 to wake up at 3 to go out. Now there is nobody out much before 3am and everything shuts at 5am so it doesn´t really give people much time. But in the spirit of making the most of it we went off to see a live band play and then went off to a nightclub which interesting but not to different. Wanting to have a quiet night I was then introduced to particularly Argentinian philosphy whereby you pay to get into a nightclub but you also have to pay to get out of the nighclub! Yes upon leaving I was asked to reproduce the ticket that you get on entry, the same one that you exchange for a free drink, after much confusion it appears that if you don´t have this ticket to leave then you must by one! After much pleading with the stupidity of such a system and suggesting that I could stay, even though they were closing, common sense prevailed and we agreed that he would ¨throw¨me out! Crazy!
The next day I jumped on a mountain bike with a tour company and we headed off for a 5 hour ride of the surrounding valley and also the route of the tren de las nubes. This was a very good day riding amongst some quite nice scenery at the foothills to the Andes and it was nice to be away from a city for awhile.
That night we again headed out and had a good night out but it really quite strange to only go out for 2 hours and get back at 5am but oh well. This time we went out with a good mix of people some of which spoke english as well as spanish and it was much easier to talk amongst ourselves. The next day I visited the MAM museum with the three children of Incan sacrifice that had been perfectly preserved in the Glaciers above the town. Supposedly it is quite an interesting museum but overall the only real reason to visit is to see the almost perfectly preserved bodies.
Afterwards it was time to get my ticket to Santa Cruz in Bolivia, where I hope to see the final days of Che Guevara and also hopefully get into the patanal area of the amazon but this could be alot more difficult and i will need a lot of luck! Once again the joys of a night bus and a 24 hour bus ride await where we crss the border about 11pm and arrive there about 5am in the morning.