Leaving Bolivia was bittersweet...but crossing the border into Argentina felt absolutely amazing! Everything around us was green, all of the flowers were in bloom, the weather was beautiful, the road turned from washboarded gravel to perfect pavement; it was exactly what we needed. Bolivia really was one of the highlights of the trip with its otherworldly scenery, but it can be tough being somewhere where finding anything familiar can be nearly impossible. Not to mention we were both not feeling our best and everything we owned was completely caked in dust. It would be nice to finally enjoy some delicous food (some of the best steaks in the world!) have a glass of local vino and regroup. You can even drink the tap water in Argentina, which was a first on this trip.
|One of our first meals in Argentina...I'm pretty excited about the giant bottle of Heineken as you can tell!|
|Homemade noodles and sauce with a giant piece of Argentinian beef to top it all off...Ty wishes I could cook like this!|
|I forgot to take a picture of empanadas, but this is exactly what they look like...sooo good!|
We headed out for Cafayate, a beautiful town in wine country recommended to us by our buddies Andy and Cass, on what would be one of the most amazing rides of the trip. South of Humahuaca there is a road called the Quebrada de Humahuaca, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site for good reason. It is a curvy road that runs through multi-colored mountains, deep gorges, and giant cliffs; it was like it was made for a motorcycle. A lot of other motorcyclists must have thought the same thing as we ran into several other people on bikes and, for the first time in a long time, we saw multiple people on V-Stroms!
|Some of the very unique rock formations that make this road a UNESCO World Heritage Site.|
|The winding road with this backdrop was spectacular! Not to mention the perfect temperature...|
|Driving by one of the Cafayate Vineyards whose wine we would drink plenty of over the next few days.|
|My fellow female V-Stromer and I hanging out by the bikes :)|
|Ty standing in the sea of V-Stroms|
|Sporting his newly aquired Argentina V-Strom Club t-shirt! Thanks guys!|
Our next destination was Mendoza, a much bigger city, but still in wine country. Ty’s brother Jack and his wife Sarah had recently been there and really enjoyed it, so they recommended that we make a stop there. It turned out to be another awesome recommendation. We started out the day driving down another beautiful road called the Quebrada de las Conchas, where we ran into several other bikers and saw even more beautiful scenery.
It took us a few days to get there, but we finally arrived in beautiful Mendoza, the nicest big city we had visited on the trip so far. We saw a McDonald’s and, having not had in several months, decided we had to stop. Little did we know that McDonald’s was a hot commodity in Mendoza and priced accordingly, and we ended up spending about $25 on lunch, quite a feat I might say. We quickly realized eating locally was better on the budget and on the stomach and, as an added plus, you can have wine and beer at a real restaurant! To be honest, we really didn’t accomplish too much in Mendoza either. We were still pretty worn out (I know it sounds silly, but try spending a couple weeks in Bolivia and see how you feel!) and still had a lot of blog writing and skyping to catch up on.
|More lovely scenery and great roads...|
|One of many tunnels we drove through...|
|A roadside grave we passed on the drive|
I made a visit to the corner market a block away and made a fantastic discovery; Argentina has REAL cheese, it is incredible, and costs about $2 for a giant cut. I was in heaven! We bought salami, cheese, fresh baked French bread, fruit and local wine and had a mini feast at the hostel. It reminded me so much of some fun nights we had back at home and it was a wonderful night.
Next up….the much anticipated Valparaiso, Chile!!
|Our awesome DIY dinner...so nice to be able to have a night in for once!|