Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --- Mark Twain

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Museo Pachamama


12.01.2015
The journey: Museo Pachamama – San Miguel de Tucum├ín – El Cadillal (206 km).

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From Wikipedia : Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. She is also known as the earth/time mother.

In Inca mythology, Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains, and causes earthquakes. She is also an ever-present and independent deity who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life on this earth. Her shrines are hallowed rocks, or the boles of legendary trees, and her artists envision her as an adult female bearing harvests of potatoes and coca leaves.

Pachamama is the wife of Pacha Kamaq and her children are Inti, the sun god, and Killa, the moon goddess. The four cosmological Quechua principles - Water, Earth, Sun, and Moon - claim Pachamama as their primordial origin, and priests sacrifice llamas, cuy (guinea pigs), and elaborate, miniature, burned garments to her. After the conquest by Spain, which forced conversion to Roman Catholicism, the figure of the Virgin Mary became united with that of the Pachamama for many of the indigenous people. In pre-Hispanic culture, Pachamama is often a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices. As Andes cultures form modern nations, Pachamama remains benevolent, giving,  and a local name for Mother Nature. Thus, many in South America believe that problems arise when people take too much from nature because they are taking too much from Pachamama. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachamama

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Quilmes Ruins


12.01.2015
Journey: Cafayate – Quilmes Ruins – Pachamama Museum (81 km)

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Ruta 40, Salicas-Cafayate


11.01.2015
Journey: Salicas – Belen – Hualfin - Santa Maria - Cafayate (350 km).

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By the morning the frogs had disappeared and instead some geese were walking in the camping site.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Park National Talampaya


10.01.2015
Journey: Ischigualasto – Talanpaya – Villa Union – Ruta 40 (Cuesta de Miranda) – Chilecito – Londres – Salicas (369 km)

Since the year of 2000 The Talampaya National Park has belonged to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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However, to drive here around by its own is not allowed. You just have to leave your car in the parking lot, and then use specifically applied car for tourists.

No queue whatsoever .And even no waiting for the beginning of the tour. I guess I got there exactly in time and inside the bus there were only couple of free seats.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Park National Ischigualasto

08.01.2015-09.01.2015
Journey: Chilecito – Patquia – Baldecitos – PN Ischigualasto (235 km).

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In order to visit The Ischigualasto National Park it was necessary to drive about a few hundred kilometers southwards.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chilecito Cable Car


07.01.2015 – 08.01.2015
Chilecito, Argentina.

The Cable Car runs through the town up to La Mejicana mines in the mountains. As such, there seems to be nothing extraordinary - as in the mountains there are often cable cars, but if you look at some of the numbers, it's getting quite interesting.

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The start place is here in the town of Chilecito, but the final stop is situated 35 kilometers away at the altitude of 4400 meters, and totally there are 262 towers (not making a mistake - really two hundred and sixty-two towers), some of them up to 55 meters in height.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chilecito


07.01.2015 – 08.01.2015

The city was founded in 1715, and the original name of it was Villa Santa Rita. The current name of Chilecito (Little Chile) came from the fact that many of the miners from Chile came here to work.
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The Dakar was to make a stop here , but there was no official place for onlookers and I reached there in complete darkness.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Valley de Calingasta


03.01.2015 – 04.01-2015
Journey: Calingasta – Barreal – Valle de Calingasta – Barreal – San Juan (346 km).

Do not even remember exactly who suggested to visit the valley of Calingasta or was it myself to find a beautiful picture from internet.

Just now –searching for additional information - the sentence “The most beautiful part of the province of Mendoza and San Juan” comes in mind.

The local tourist information said that the road is more-or-less drivable and no more was needed .The beginning of the road had no road sign and so the previous day I just past it . Looking back now, it was probably with the aid of some unknown force and the issue that the rear axis was repaired last night (a longer story in a previous post).

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And Calingasta Valley Road was completely driveable, although some parts were like stairways so that there was no way to drive thirty km per hour. As everything inside the car and outside the car will be scattered.

Friday, January 23, 2015

2015, The First Technical Issue


02.01.2015
Journey: Uspallata – Barreal - Calingasta (171 km).

The second of January has been like always the second of Januaries. As usually – the cultural program of the morning, and then let`s see how far can be reached.

The morning's cultural program included first the visit to Cerro Tunduqueral, located 7 kilometres away from Uspallata".

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For Estonians Cerro Tunduqueral is a small hill, where one can see several well-preserved petroglyphs or gravings on the rocks

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Year's Eve in the mountains


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs”

31.12.2014 – 01.01.2015
Journey: Uspallata – Paso Bonillas – Uspallata (Kokku 65 km)

Strangely enough, it is now already my third New Year's Eve in Argentina.

The year 2013 was greeted on the way to Tierra del Fuego, having arrived at Mar de Platas. The New Year's Eve of 2014 was greeted in Salta, in the same place that I visited last year to watch Dakar Rally . The duration of the time, spent in Salta, turned out a little longer as planned, but gave an opportunity to enjoy The Carnival of Salta at the beginning of March. 

And now - the year of 2015, and again (still) in Argentina . Finding a place for the occasion was no problem at all, as between Uspallata and Mendoza the mountains are beautiful and there are a number of mountain paths not mentioned on most of the maps. So – why not drive there and find a cool place,

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RP-13 is the third and smallest road across the mountains towards Mendoza. And quite drivable too.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Dakar 2015 - El Cadillal


15.01.2015
El Cadillal.

El Cadillal is a small village near Tucuman , and for Dakar again quite is a different surroundings . Usually Dakar is related to an open, sandy and dusty region.

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There is, however, a large part of asphalt road here, and downhill there is some part of gravel road. On either side there is an area for spectators, a little muddy. And enough dusty to clean another camera.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Puente Del Inca


29.12.2014
Journey: Uspallata - Puente del Inca – Uspallata (140 km).

The title of this post might as well be, for example, "Time to accustom oneself again to the heights", or something similar, as during the previous months any type of "aklimati" has very likely got lost. Uspallata is two thousand meters from the sea level and driving here around - higher places were also experienced, but only a few hours.

It is said to be the right thing to do is the following – in the daytime upwards and then later downwards to overnight. The previous experience in Bolivia showed that driving slowly upwards this way there would be no problem in the altitude of 4000 m

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In short - Uspallata was to be the place where to overnight later. It is in the mountains, and the temperature is also quite ok, not that almost + 35, and otherwise also quite a decent place.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Villavicencio and Ruta 52


26.12.2014
Journey: Mendoza – Uspallata (108 km)

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The name – Villavicencio - can be noticed everywhere. On the large 6 liter water bottles and on small ones. And this place is about 40 km away from Mendoza.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dakar 2015 - Vallecito


05.01.2015
Vallecito, Argentina.

And here it is - Dakar Rally.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Mendoza Zoo

26.12.2014.

Mendoza Zoo is located almost in the center of the town .The Zoo was founded in the year of 1903, but the official opening took place only in 1941.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Park National Sierra de Las Quiadas


24.12.2014 – 25.12.2014
Journey: PN Sierra De Las Quijadas – Mendoza (251 km)

“Fans of the Road Runner cartoon will feel oddly at home among the red sandstone rock formations in this rarely visited national park” (Lonely Planet, Argentina 9th edition, Aug 2014). Quite a unique introduction

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The park is situated 120 km from San Luisist, not directly on the road to Mendoza.