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On the Up and Up to Northern Argentina–First Stop: Tucumán

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About three weeks ago, I came to the conclusion that I had to leave the city. It was beginning to suffocate me. I chronically suffer from cabin fever, and this time, I craved endless land and beautiful landscapes. I drew up a rough itinerary that would take me through the mountainous provinces of Tucumán, Salta and Jujuy. My plan was to keep moving on up—in terms of both direction and altitude. And, I was really looking forward to tasting the famous empanadas salteñas.

A Day on the Moon in San Juan’s Valle De la Luna

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It\'s Like Walking on the MoonThe adventure: rent a car and visit the famous Valle De La Luna (Moon Valley) inside Parque Nacional Ischigualasto, San Juan. We found a good deal at Classic Car Rentals, in San Juan, and secured a nice four door Chevrolet Corsa, and a contract that stated unlimited kilometers.

Salta for Semana Santa

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Catedral de SaltaLooking to get away for the holiday weekend? Look no further than the rugged northern Argentine province of Salta. The region, one of Argentina’s most beautiful, is a top destination for Semana Santa, or holy week.

To Chill Out in Mendoza, Head for the Hot Springs at Las Termas of Cacheuta

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Termas Cacheuta Mendoza ArgentinaLas Thermas de Cacheuta is a relaxing day trip for those visiting Mendoza. For about $60 USD, you get hotel transfer, an enormous lunch buffet, and a full day’s use of the hotel/spa’s hot springs and mud baths. 15 pesos more will get you a robe for the day and another 60 pesos will buy you an hour massage.

The hotel shuttle picks you up at your door between 9 and 10 in the morning and makes the rounds for other day trippers. Once outside of the city, the landscape turns into something out of the California desert with mountains and desert plants. The road winds quite a bit so the front passenger seat is advised for anyone prone to carsickness.