Northern Argentina and Uruguay

9. February – 2. March 2010

Salinas Grandes

Intro

Travel route
Buenos Aires – Montevideo – Iberá – Corrientes - Salta – Cachi - Cafayate - Quebrada de Humahuaca - Salinas Grandes

Travelers
Erik, Birgitte and our children Anders (6) and Johanne (4). We had booked the flight with BA half a year before – a good deal of 5000DKR per adult from Copenhagen to Buenos Aires. We had booked hotels and transport for half of the trip beforehand, the second part was planned as we went.

Cost
1A$ = 1,42DKR / 1US$=3,86A$. 1UR$=0,27DKR, 1US$=19,65UR$
A dinner for two adults and two children would normally be around 150-200A$, including a good reserva red wine. I have included the specific price for hotels and food for reference.

Travel information
A general annoyance that I have only experience here in Argentina/Uruguay is that check out is at 10:00 and you cannot check in before like 14:00. We often had problems with accommodations finding room for the four of us. Many places only have single/doubles and don't have a extra bed or something to put in. As opposed to countries north of Argentina, many actually speak English, if you press them. ALL hotels have wireless – so do bring your small computer or as I did a smart phone that can connect wireless and use the internet and email.
el time, so I hired a car with driver - 920.000 Sh. (440$) and the trekking was 1300$.

 

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Tuesday 9. February, travel day.

Taxi to the train station at 7:00 and at the airport in Copenhagen at 11:00. We had time to play at the play area in the airport. 13:30 British Airways (BA) to London Heathrow T5. We were on time and had time to take the underground to Kensington South (45 minutes). The weather was fine and no snow (in Denmark lots of snow). At the Museum of Natural History – free and very well made. We saw the dinosaur and 'earth' exhibitions and had time for coffee and cake. At 18:00 we went back to T5, and 21:30 departure on time.

Wednesday, 10. February. Buenos Aires, 28 degrees, partly cloudy.

Via São Paulo, arrival at 10:00 in Buenos Aires. We changed money (right outside at Banco Nacional – better rates that at the baggage belt). We made a mistake with the Taxi's. Should have taken the 'blue' taxi stand, but got confused when we got out a different door. There was a taxi stand all right, for yellow/black taxis, but they tried anyway after getting us into a taxi to pay 240A$. We got away with 140 (going back, it cost 90). It took ½ hour to Ribera Sur hotel in the San Telmo neighborhood. Since it was around noon, and all hotels have check in after 14:00, we took a walk in Sal Telmo in the area around Plaza Dorrego (watched Tango performance, and Anders did a replay) and had lunch at Bar El Federal (a long wait, but a cozy place). Relax at the hotel pool and an afternoon nap. Taxi to Plaza de Mayo (12A$), and walked around. 'Islas Malvinas son Argentinos' – banners set up by the war veterans at the plaza. Somewhat like New York style buildings in the Microcentro business district. Walked east to the new city area of Puerto Madero. All along the north/south road there are red pack house type buildings with restaurants. We took a look at the recommended Las Lilas restaurant, but it was somewhat expensive. But it was almost full at 19:00 which was surprising. We ate at La Caballeriza. Well, they used to be, but they got excluded from the chain, but seem to still use the name. Anyway, the 500g Ojo de bife filled the plate and in spite of being 5 cm thick, it was perfect grilled. The children ate a lot and behaved – good to experience that they now are easier to bring to restaurants (they are 4 and 6). The grill was powered by firewood. With a good reserve, it cost 250A$. Only thing to mention was that the wine was too warm and they didn't really have all the wines listed on the wine card (not my first two choices anyway); at other places we later learned that you can ask for a cooler with ice. There were few people when we came at 20:15, but other did not start to arrive until after 22:00 when we went.

Thursday 11. February. Buenos Aires. 32 degrees.

Taxi to Plaza del Congresso (12$). Beautiful square. We walked towards the Obelisco, and passed many hotels and cafes. Took the Subte (underground) a few blocks, just to try. We went to an office to pay for the forthcoming Iberá trip. The lodges at Iberá are so far away from anything that most uses agents in Buenos Aires. 'Our' was an enthusiastic young entrepreneurship man who had a small office with (presumably) a handful of places to administer. Coffee and cake at McCafé at the corner of the Obelisco followed by a walk in the area. Subte towards the North West and taxi to the Paseo Alcorta – a mall in Recoleta. There were activities for children and many good lunch options. We walked (hot!) to the 3. Junio park, but it was not very good. Hardly opened for visitors except a micro playground in one corner. Taxi all the way back to San Telmo (28A$), swimming pool (daddy finally got into the cold water). A good talk with a retired couple from Iowa.
Dinner at an Italian inspired restaurant. Nachos, gnocchi and good pasta dishes in large portions. A bottle of red wine, white to the lady – 190A$. It is simply good value.

Friday 12. February. Uruguay. 30 degrees, sunny.

Taxi to the Colonia Express docs (8A$). A good thing we were in good time, since there was a line both for the check-in, baggage scan and immigration. Had expected to pay departure tax, but there wasn't. Totally full, but it was expected since all Uruguay was 'sold out'. I had from home tried many, many options to book a hotel for this weekend, but most I did not hear from, and all others were full. The reason was carnival week – at least most homepages had special prices (read 'double prices') for this week. Travel time from 08:00-10:15 (one hour time difference). Changed a little money at the terminal in Colonia (there is a money changer), and then did something stupid. We had a booking for a car with Thrifty, and according to my map it was somewhere in town. So we took a taxi – which drove us 20 meters to the other side of the street. Sigh. Had to pay 20UR$ and had red ears. We got the car, but it was somewhat difficult to get the GPS to work – but finally did. The drive east to Montevideo was good, fast and easy, but in Montevideo, it would have been impossible without the GPS to find our hotel- Armon Suites. The hotel had a garage and the room was wonderful – huge. The indoor swimming pool was great – the children loved it.
Taxi into Plaza Independencia and walked east to Plaza Cagancha. Beautiful buildings – again like old New York. Hung out for some time and ended up eating at Ruffino – it was a great place with fantastic pizza and children's menu. Cozy and good atmosphere. Totally 600 UR$ - the prices in general were 50% higher than Buenos Aires. Going back, I had a good talk with the taxi driver – a young guy who also had worked in Spain and hoped the national soccer team would get revenge in South Africa. To which my friend Torben commented later that he hoped so, because that would mean both Denmark and Uruguay would have reached the semi finals.

Saturday 13. February, Piriápolis, Uruguay. 32 degrees sunny.

All of Uruguay was going to the beach today. Delays several places going east. Into Piriápolis (a beach city close to Punta del Este) to buy beach gear and have lunch. The beach is crowded and has Mediterranean vacation style vibe. We drive 10 km west to empty beaches (well, all is a beach here), where we swam and relaxed for several hours. And we got terrible sunburned. I had now been in Uruguay for 24 hours, so a small celebration - I have now been in all South American countries for at least a day. Back in Piriápolis, we got a coke and an ice cream at the base of the teleferico (chairlift) – and next to the top of the 'mountain' Cerro San Antonio with good views. Just down, it started raining – with thunder and lightning. At one point, I and all other cars had to stop, it was so intense. Could not see 5 meters in front of me.
The hotel, Armon Suites, is really good with King size bed, sofa for the children, Jacuzzi in the bathroom, swimming pool (perfect for the kids), garage for the car.
Dinner: Fantastic! I had used Google maps on my smart phone, and there were several good restaurants near the hotel. 'Da Pantella' is an Italian restaurant at the corner of Lois de la Torre/Fco. Rias. Somewhat away from the main road, but a great experience. Anders was quite tired, but the waiter helped a lot – good explaining and recommendation. The red wine was chilled – a wine from Uruguay. Asked where they could grow wine and it turned out that Uruguay had vineyards around Salto. Big selection of wine, the menu was mostly pasta/gnocchi dishes. Around 330UR$ for a main course.  

Sunday 14. February, Minas, Uruguay. 26 degrees, sunny.

Got up 'late' and could see that the breakfast restaurant was well full. Could read in the newspaper that from Saturday to Sunday (front page news) that there had been 100% occupancy in Rocas and Piriápolis – and the big scoop was that Punta 'only' had 90%. Drove into the city to the must see 'Mercato del Puerto', and it was also nice. Had not quite understood that it was a big area with restaurants, but it did look like a good place to have dinner. At 11 they were just warming up the coal for the lunch tourists.
Went east/north east on a good road to Minas. It took 2 hours. Had read that the caves had tours at 14 and 16, so went direct to Parque Arequita since the time was 13:30. It turned out to be 15:30, but it was a nice place to eat – the barbeque fire was lit and it was quite cozy. You could see that he 'host' was very athletic looking, though he was probably 70 – the room was full of medals and he had been participant in the Olympics, World championships and member of the Uruguay Olympic committee. He also remembered Mexico '86 and I understood that he also was there. Met a woman who could hear that we spoke Danish. Her father was a Danish sailor and had been interned during 2. World war in Uruguay and had then stayed. The cave was uninteresting, but grand daddy told an hour about the area, the geology and fauna. So the tour took about half an hour afterwards. The cave is just one room, and Anders could not understand why he couldn't use the torch. The children slept on the way back. Took photos of a cemetery with old American cars. All in all there are many old American cars like Cadillac and Buicks in Uruguay.
Old cars

cavesElLoco
Back in Montevideo, we went to the pool and next to a Tivoli at Parque Radó. If the children weren't with us, we would probably have visited the 'carnival' juegos, where was a kind of battle between carnival groups. At the same location. But the Tivoli was great – the things to try was meant for the same age as our children. Anders was asked his age at a place where they could drive electric motor-bikes, and he was quite proud that since he had just turned 6, he could go.
We ate late – around 22:00 at Pizza della mundo. Birgitte thought it was the worst place and happened to order a 'disgusting plate' (all cheese). But they had a children's playground and it was fast.

Monday 15. February, Colonia – Buenos Aires

In Colonia by 11:30 and had the suite cases stored at the bus station (right next to the ferry – 200UR$). Bought tickets for the 16:00 Buquebus ferry – the Colonia Express at 17:00 was sold out. The tickets were expensive – 3900UR$ total.
Colonia is a beautiful Portuguese town and we had a relaxed lunch at the square. Walked around a bit, but had to be at the terminal at 15:00. Problems at immigration since we didn't have the immigration papers we received arriving in Uruguay. Had to return and get to my backpack (which was checked in) and did find it. The departure was delayed (not because of us, though) so we didn’t leave until 16:45. Walked 200 m out of the terminal, ignoring all touts and a taxi to the Retiro bus station.
The departures are only announced 10-15 minutes before departures, so you have to be awake and pay attention. Great bus – 3 chairs per row and could almost recline completely. Got a lunch bag and went to sleep. It rained a lot and we were more than an hour late since a 10 lane highway was under water and only one lane in each direction was open.

Tuesday 16. February, Colonia de Carlos Pellegrini – Iberá

Waking up looking out on the 'prairie'. In Mercedes 7:15 and were picked up by our driver. Had time to look up the schedule for Corrientes. After 2½ hours – 40 km of bad road and 80 km of OK gravel road. It seemed that you could see hundreds of kilometers away. Lots of birds all the way. At the Ñande Retá resort at 10:00 and warmly welcomed. 370A$ for the transfer. 2220A$ for 3 days / 2 nights – all included. Most resorts have great web-pages to check out, but we chose this since the children were half price – and most others didn't. We got two rooms so plenty of space. 3 courses lunch. Relaxed at the pool and the hammocks. At 17:00 we were picked up by our guide/boatman. 2½ hours of boat trip around the Iberá lake. There were floating 'islands'. And animals! All over the place. Black caimans and 2 other species, capybaras (saw around 15), 2 deer. Maybe about 100 caimans – one was 2½-3 meters. We always sailed right up the animals, and the hardly noticed. Lots of birds, some as big as turkeys. At this time the sky was almost clear, so a super nice sunset light. The landing spot in Pellegrini had many mosquitoes, but it was about the only place.
There are not many other tourists at this time. We saw only one other boat this evening.
Dinner was pie, pasta and chocolate flan – and good bottle of red wine. Nice.

Ibera Lake
CapyberaCaiman
Ibera LakeÑande Retá

Wednesday 17. February, Iberá

Saw several rice fields along the say. Didn't know that they were found here in South America – that it was a kind of Asian thing. The difference is they have machinery here. Pellegrini has 700 inhabitants, hospital, law, primary and secondary school. They said they could keep the hospital because of the tourists, the guide told us.
The first outing today was at 8:00 – again a boat trip, this time on another part of the lake. Saw two other boats and our guide said there maybe were 15 tourists in town at the moment (which is nothing). 90% are foreigners who come. Lots of capybaras today – maybe 30 – and 100 Caimans (all 3 species). At one place a caiman was staking out for a capybara child and the parents looking out. More birds today, didn't concentrate to learn their Spanish names. One of them was a huge brown eagle with white head, birds with red heads, herons, kingfishers, flocks of buzzards, southern screamers (the big turkey size ones).
Saw orange colored marsh deer from 2 meters away.
Lunch, relaxing and swimming pool. The second outing was to find the howler monkeys. Right before the bridge to Pellegrini, where the park HQ is, they have made a small path into the forest. The howler monkeys are quite territorial and probably explains why there only is 400m of path and visitors often find them. And we did too. We followed the group of 5 for 20 minutes. No howling, though. The sky was clear at this time, so good we went on the lake in the morning where it was more clouded.
DeerCapybera
BoatHoiwler Monkey

Thursday 18. February, Iberá (Pellegrini) – Corrientes

A last outing at 8 (well, the guide showed up at 8:30). Again to the head quarter of the park and walked some paths made through the woods and swamps. If you do the arranging yourself, you can just do this tour here alone and then buy the boat outings. Clear skies so it was HOT and the children were not in the best of mood for walking.
Lunch and transfer back to Mercedes where Beto, the driver, jokingly asked – you weren't so lucky to see a capybara, were you?? In Mercedes at 16:00 and a bus was about to leave. 3 (long) hours to Corrientes (37A$/Person). Taxi to Hotel Corrientes Plaza at the main square. Boring rooms but the hotel was fine. Dinner at Enófilos. And what a place. Got the best Argentinean red wine. A Benegas blend from Finca Libertad. 100A$. The best steaks, children's menu – and we were the only guests until 22:30. Superb. 190A$ for everything – including the wine and coffee. This place cannot be recommended highly enough.

Friday 19. February, Corrientes – 40-42 degrees

Didn't sleep too well, since we only had a double room with a matrimonial bed. Had a blanket on the floor with a sheet, but it illustrates the problem being more than 2 persons – it is often somewhat difficult. So got up before the others and read the newspaper and mail at the hotel computers.
"De donde son Ustedes?" – where are you from? – is often asked by curious locals. The hotel had a great swimming pool which we enjoyed until check out at noon. It was hot! More than 40 degrees, and it was almost too much to move around. We dragged ourselves to an artesenia (Museo de artesanias Tradicionales folcloricas) during the siesta – not so much to see, but we got a talk with the shop keeper. Down by the river. Murales, the monastery (didn't open up at 17 as stated). Coffee and then went to the bus station. The taxi's are always so super cheap that I always pays somewhat more (4-6A$). Didn't see any of the 'carnival' in spite it should have been this weekend somewhere. We only had 3 seats on the bus (up to 4 years can come for free, but with no seat). It was not so good for a 13 hours trip. Luckily there were two persons who didn't turn up, so we got the extra seat and had a nice trip. Finished my 'New Moon' book.

Saturday 20. February. Salta

local map of Salta and areaAt the Salta station, unfortunately 'Hostal Zabala' had us convinced we should stay with them. They had a swimming pool and only cost 105A$. But it was quite dirty and we should have gone to the hotel we had decided beforehand (Antiguo Convento – we stayed there later). The children really liked the bunk beds though. Well, taxi to the square 9. Julio. Checked out a couple of car rental offices and reserved a car for tomorrow. Good lunch at the recommended New time Café (huge menu). Returned to the hotel and went in the 'pool'. Thunder and rain, and returned to the central square to visit MAAM and the exiting exhibition with the 3 sacrificed children who were found on the top of the Llullaillaco volcano. At the moment it was the boy on display. Quick visit to the cathedral and hanging out for a while.
Dinner at La Leñita – again just too good and too much food and wine. Can see it is no.1 at the Tripadvisor list. We were the first at 21:00 but it quickly filled up. A huge one-room restaurant with the ceiling high above.
MOMAMOMA

Sunday 21. February. Cachi 2200 m

Picked up the car (2500A$ for 5 days). A Fiat Sienna. We went south of Salta and after turning west to the mountains, it doesn’t take long before it is very scenic. Up, up, up until about 3100 meters. Next it was like a high altitude plateau with giant cacti. Reminded us very much of Tucson, Arizona. Then a bit down before reaching Cachi in 2200 meters. It was a 3½ hour drive. The ACA hotel was a great place to stay with a nice pool. Late lunch at the square where we saw the beautiful church. Could see mountain tops with snow. OK dinner, bad wine (but it was my selection)
PunaLama sign

Monday 22. February. Cafayate. Sunny 28 degrees.

ACAAnd finally we found a lama - the ACA hotel had a small zoo - and also with lamas. The children (and us) had been looking for them a long time, but they are not really around in the mountains, as e.g. in Bolivia and Peru. Drive from Cachi to Cafayate. The first 20 km was very tough, lots of turns, ripples in the gravel road. More red-rock and nice rock formations. Lunch in Angastaco – a quite special place which kind of reminded us of a Flintstones town. The road got wider and from San Carlos it was paved the last 20 km to Cafayate. Right after San Carlos was the Nanni winery, which makes decent wines. It became our 'house wine' (about 30-35A$).
The hotel we had decided for, Tinkunaku, only had apartments available, so it became a bit expensive when we were not in the mood for looking at other places. They had a nice swimming pool and after some time there, we drove to the Quebrada de Cafayate for sunset. The valley was red rock country and we went as far as 'the Toad', about km 30. Before we got back, we stopped at the dunes outside Cafayate where the children could play. Dinner (great pizzas) and 'house wine' at Baco, Right across the hotel.
Talked some with an Australian from Perth (knew the CCI newspaper software from Denmark, several friends have worked with it) – he had the frustration experience that all Argentinean switched to English when he addressed them in Spanish. It had only happened to me once, so I was a bit proud about my Spanish, which is not that good, but I enjoy trying.
CachiSand dunes

Tuesday 23. February. Cafayate – Salta – Thunderstorms

Practicalities. Breakfast at a bakery. Withdrawal of money (easy from an ATM at the square). To El Esteco winery for a tour at 11:00 – in English and cost 20A$. Nice tour, but El Esteco is a big producer and I didn't really like their wines. Here we only could taste their cheapest white and red wine, so that was a bit disappointing. But the view from the tower was great and the place is beautiful in a good location between the mountains.
El Esteco wineryRed Rock
We went north through the Quebrada de Cafayate again, this time we stopped at two beautiful places – the Amphitheatre and 'Garganta del Diablo' (Devil's throat). There were just a few people around the places, also sellers. At the Garganta, a family had set up a stall with cheese and chorizos and we had a great sandwich with Lomo de llama and cheese. We stopped to fill the tank, and watched the amazing blue and black clouds to the north. And then it started to rain. A lot. At one place there was a spring flood – huge flood. We waited a couple of hours and watched big trees flow by and the road start to break up. Then the first cars started to cross. Hmm, thought it quite scary. Following was 30 cm of water much of the way and flooded villages. We reached Salta at 17:30 and the city was literally under water. Very slowly and traffic congestion. We checked Bloomers (under water, so had to wade a couple of blocks barefooted). It was full, so I checked across the street at the 4 star Almeria. Very fancy, but not too expensive. Got a nice matrimonial with an extra bed (450A$). Enjoyed their wellness centre with a big spa – just our family – and a good dinner at the restaurant.
Thunder
FloodFlood

Wednesday 24. February. Salinas Grandes – Tilcara – Clouded

HumahuacaAll water was gone from the streets, like it didn't even rain yesterday. Drove north out of town and quickly out of populated areas and no cars. We then figured out that it probably not was the fastest way to Jujuy even though it on the map looked the shortest. But a beautiful forested mountain area – and many turns. 1:40 hours to Jujuy. Then it was 'highway' to Purmamarca (one hour further on). Multicolored rocks. Lunch and next west to Salinas Grande – an amazing road – the most spectacular on this trip. Turn, turn, up, turn. From 2500 m to 4170 m pass. No cars from the opposite direction. Almost up at the pass, we saw why – a mudslide had blocked the road, but a bulldozer had just reached the spot and made a track through the mud. A truck was stuck one meter above the road in the parallel track. Across the pass and down a little bit – now at the Puna. I love this kind of mountain scenery. And even more beautiful at the Salinas (salt pans). The children found it very exiting and 'weird' to dig in the salt. We stayed for 1½-2 hours before returning. Would have loved to continue to the west (towards the Llullaillaco volcano) – another time. The trip back was not equally exciting since it was cloudy at the pass and the clouds had some rain. Continued north to Tilcara, where luckily there was a room at the recommended Posada de luz. And what a nice place – well positioned and build. They did not have a restaurant, but three places with 10% discount. We went to a place with a parilla, even though their mixed grill was not that good, we also had grilled llama which was fine. Anders fancied the 'pig stomach' (the rest of us left out that part).
Road
Salinas Grandes
AndersSalinas Grandes

Thursday 25. February. Humahuaca – Tilcara. Cloudy and 20 degrees.

Quiet day. Fine breakfast and it got a little late before we got going. 45 minutes to Humahuaca. Just missed the 12 o'clock San Pedro bell tower call. VERY highlandish and I would almost say Bolivian – many Bolivian artesenia and coca-tea sellers. Did think it would be somewhat wrong and strange to buy ponchos and Bolivian art here. While I was in the bank (took a long time), Anders accidently dropped a pendant on the ground from a street seller, and a small chip broke off. The seller was mad at Anders and Birgitte so he followed them for a long time, but since she didn’t carry any money, she could not pay him, and he didn't understand why. We gave him 10A$ - it wasn't worth more, but he insisted it cost 20 and a tourist police man was involved. The seller could obviously say ten times as much as I in Spanish, but the police wouldn't really take side and say what the pendant was worth.
Relax in the afternoon at the great Hotel da Luz. Sandwich and coffee at the terrace of our room. Swimming pool (cold). In the evening (early as usual at 20:00) we were the first guests at the Rincon. But it was somewhat dirty, so we went to a place opposite where I had good pasta and Birgitte had a pie. The children had soup. Including wine it was 100A$

Friday 26. February. Salta – Cloudy and 20 degrees.

Left at 7:30 and in Salta 10:15. Checked into Hotel del Antiguo Convento (360A$, I think – for two connected rooms). They had several computers for guests and a pool (but too cold today). And close to the centre. Went to the City Bar to have late breakfast. Saw the cathedral at the plaza; nice and Bolivia/Peru style. We just had time to see Iglesia San Francisco before noon where it closed for siesta. Not so richly decorated inside, but it was from the outside. It had some things that the pope had blessed on a recent visit. Took the teleferico to the hilltop (20A$/adult). The children loved the ride. Had lunch with view of the city (1.3 million inhabitants). Now here north, lemonade is on the menu again, and Johanne really liked it. Enjoyed the view and a small water fall. After returning down, some time at the play ground. At the hotel, we looked for a place to stay in Buenos Aires. At the play hall with the children until dinner – 20:20 at a good parilla – Caseros between Lema and Catamarca. 500g Chorizo de bife (40A$), Also a great red wine, which we didn't leave much off.
SaltaTelefericoUhmmm

Saturday 27. February. Salta – sunny 24 degrees.

Slept long. At the historic museum at the square (10A$). Kind of interesting, but we didn't have many plans for the day. At noon we took a taxi to the airport (25A$). And then just after checking in to our flight: an EARTHQUARE – we were just up the escalator when the building started shaking A LOT - and I knew exactly what it was. We grabbed the children and hurried down the stairs and out. People started following, but it took time, and it seemed most had difficulties understanding what had happened. We were all out for 45 minutes before life returned to normal. We could see in the news that it had been 6.3 (Richter scale) at 13:00. It was the day after the Chile quake, but it was not connected. The plane left 14:35 only half an hour late.
At the Aeroparque Jorge Newbery airport in Buenos Aires, we had the luggage put up in storage at the parking lot and took a taxi to Tierra SantaTierra Santa. Entry was 25A$/Adult and 10A$/children. The only 'religious theme park in the world'. Obviously it was mostly Christian themes from Jerusalem which was recreated, but also sections with other religions of the world. The first show was the birth of Jesus and then the creation of the world. It was light and sound shows and different figures that appeared and were lit up. The Creation included laser show and many animals. There was a dance show at the temple of Herod in the square and we had shawarma and humus at the Armenian Café – not the typical dish of Argentina. Watched a couple of other shows and saw some of the artesenia work shops, like creating clay work. Of course it was somewhat 'kitsch', but it was a good atmosphere and rather well thought through. We had good talks with our children about the themes. When leaving, Anders went to one of the Roman guards and gave him (to his surprise) a big hug.
Taxi to the Best Western hotel in Recoleta, passing the airport to pick up the bags. The driver was fluent in English, and wouldn't let me speak Spanish .
MuseumTierra Santa

Sunday 28. February, Buenos Aires. Partly cloudy, 28 degrees.

Up late (again?) and great breakfast – the children really liked the scrambled eggs and sausages. The hotel as such was so-so – Birgitte thought the room wasn't so clean. Taxi to Plaza Italia from where the bus leaves to the Escobar suburb – and the Temaiken zoo. Take bus 60, and at a small stall, you can buy both bus and entrance direct. 56A$ adult, 43A$ child (the bus is 6½A$). It took one hour. Nice and popular zoo with focus on Argentinian animals, a big bird section, and the enclosures were quite big.
It was hot today so we took it slowly. The 3D show was very good. Returned at 17:30 which coincidede with a bus. Dinner at Chiquilin, five blocks from the hotel. A real BA restaurant as you would expect with elderly distinguished waiters. Great chorizo de bife, chrozo sausages for the children and Syrah wine – so everybody was happy. 200A$ all in all.
Back at the hotel, we were scolded by the maid for not putting up the 'please clean the room' sign. So the room was not cleaned.

Monday 1. March.

We took a taxi to the airport – 90A$ - and the return flight was eventless, besides we had to entertain the children all day (night flights are a good thing sometimes).

Tuesday 2. March.
London. Copenhagen. Train to Århus. End of trip.


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