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Paragliding in the Argentinian Sierras

Cordoba, Argentina

Yep, in an effort to conquer Cath´s fear of heights, and test out Andy´s stomach, we decided to go paragliding - Cath´s fear of heights is still intact, Andy´s stomach, predictably, made a bid for freedom. It was a fantastic experience though despite almost losing our fingers to frostbite and the giddying twists, turns and ups and downs.

There is certainly more to look at and do in Cordoba than there was in Rosario although our trip here was a little interesting with the choice of movie being the Texas Chainsaw Massacre - we´re glad we weren´t travelling at night with some unexpected stops on the side of the road...

We´ve had a lovely time here just chilling out and eating. We´ve had amazing food and our choices of local wines keep getting better and better ... and we still haven´t made it to Mendoza which is supposed to be the capital of wining and dining! Although the food has been fantastic, we still can´t find vegetables or fibre in any great quantity. Meals seem to be served with a side of potato, be that chips, wedges, potato gems, mash or bake. We did try to order a side plate of vegetables last night, but they were pretty tasteless and even that came with potato on it! The other cool food related thing you can do is walk into a shopping mall food court and buy a 1Litre beer from every single food outlet (though we didn´t look at Maccas). It is a strange feeling to be sitting inside a mall drinking a 1L Heiniken as everyone shops around you at 7pm on a Tuesday night (the malls are open until at least midnight).

We have also decided that Argentina is closed for renovations. Just about every Museum, public building or tourist attraction, right throughout Argentina, is covered in scaffolding and a troop of workmen being renovated. In 12-18 months this place will look like new!!! Suffice to say, we haven´t been to one Museum yet, but the food is keeping us company.

After a bit of tooing and froing with the internet and a travel agent we have decided that we will give Iguazu a miss on this trip. It was going to cost us a bomb to get there and back from where we are by plane, and we didn´t have 3 days just to sit on a bus if we had taken the bus option. Even if we had gone from Buenos Aires it would have cost us about 1200AUD to fly and that´s the cheapest place to go from. So we´ll take it easy in Western Argentina and we might even have a bit of time up our sleeves to see some more things around middle Chile before our flight home - maybe we´ll sample another wine or two?

We are booked on an overnight bus to Mendoza - the heart of wine country - tonight so there should be more fantastic dining experiences on the way. There are also a lot of National Parks and volcanoes in the area so we should get back to nature again. We have been reminded that we are home in 2 weeks so probably not many more entries till we see you next.

Andy & Cath.

permalink written by  Cath & Andy on May 11, 2007 from Cordoba, Argentina
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