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Argentina V: La Cienaga-Salta

Narrow RN9

Narrow road in La Cornisa

Rainforest after weeks of desert

The road towards Salta was very enjoyable for us.

La Cienaga from above
La Cienaga seen from above

Sure, the first kilometers were all climbing, and the last were specially hard for me as I was carrying both kids in the trailer, but still, it was kind of magical to cycle in this very narrow road.

Climbing La Cornisa
It keeps climbing

It had barely one lane, even though a middle line was painted on the road, with free roaming horses, cows, many birds, and trees hanging above the path or closing in from both sides of the road.

In the jungle of Salta
Hard to see each other

At the top of the climb was the border between Jujuy and Salta provinces. After that we falsely though the climb was over, but there was still a good 10 km of smooth up and down, not too steep but nevertheless tiring.

Entering Salta
We made it to the top, and to Salta!

We finally reached the downhill on the other side, and when it was over we had to deal with the last kilometers to Salta, where traffic increased greatly and our stress-free ride was over.

Humidity in La Cornisa
A lot of humidity is trapped here

Luckily about 5 km from entering the city we found a cycle path, which although could be vastly improved, it was way better than riding the shoulder of the busy highway into the city.

Cycle lane to Salta
Cycle lane to Salta

We had problems to find accommodation as most hostels would not accept kids, and we ended up in a place a bit far from the city center, nice but expensive, although with a very welcomed strong heating.

Asado in Salta
Grilled meat for hungry cyclists
Orange football in Salta
Playing football with oranges in the central square of Salta

We stayed a couple of days in Salta, eating empanadas from many different types, taking the cable car to nearby Cerro San Bernardo and visiting the Andes Archeology museum where some Inca mummies of small kids, found in a nearby high peak, were shown.

San Bernardo convent in Salta
San Bernardo convent with hill of same name behind

In Plaza Alvarado, next to our accommodation, we enjoyed grilled meats, nice ice cream and a shoemaker that could repair my broken pannier for the time being.

Cable car in Salta
Excitement before boarding the cable car
Salta from Cerro San Bernardo
View of Salta from above

I also bought replacement chains for our bikes and the owner gave us a bike bottle for the kids.

Ice cream in Salta
Where is our ice!?

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  1. Katherine

    Es mi idea o sus almuerzos siempre son festines culinarios? Madre mia, que platos!!! Yum yum

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