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We took the Minitrack, a modified pickup truck, on another excursion, south of Salta.

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Leaving town, we drove through a lush green valley, a rarity in northern Argentina. Then we climbed through a mountain pass, on a road almost as intricate as the "road to the clouds." The landscape got much drier, and cacti came and went.

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We chatted with our fellow passengers, and the staff; everyone was really charming. There was a couple from Brazil, a couple from the States, and a man from Costa Rica who lives in California.

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After some hours, we finally arrived at Cachi, a lovely and isolated town in a very dry landscape. Lunch was good, except Jason and I don’t like goat cheese, north Argentina’s specialty. Jason had a rabbit empanada.

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For some reason, people always seem to put up bizarre, over-sized sculptures in the desert. Cachi was no exception, with this, um, lovely gazebo, fashioned from multiple cement llamas.

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We wandered through the dusty little berg.

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And saw the archeology museum.

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In one corner was this alter to Pachamama, an earth goddess.

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I bought some clay and wood mugs at a shop, continuing my delusional, high altitude rampage of gathering questionable souvenirs.

We moved on to a national park full of cacti, and not much else.

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On the way home, we stopped at a gas station, and had a tailgate party of sorts, with beer, nuts and olives.

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