Jujuy

If youre travelling north from Buenos Aires, this might be the first time you really feel like you`re in South America. Jujuy still is an Argentine city, with western-style cafs and shops. But it has a large Quechua population, which gives this town a very intercultural feel. Except during the siesta, which is taken dead serious here, there is always a pleasant chaos in town. Do bring your earplugs if you intend to sleep at night. Around the bus terminal lodging is redicously cheap, but its always noisy there. A good nights sleep is essential to apreciate the feel of this town.
This can be a good base for exploring the magnificent Andes by rented car, north to the Quebrada de Humahuaca or west to the Salinas Grandes and back through the valley where the superexpensive Tren a las Nubes` passes. Also dont miss the road between Salta and Jujuy which is not used by the busses. Most of the road goes through spectacular forested mountains.

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