Enjoying art outside, while walking on the street, is one of the ways you can pass some of your time in Buenos Aires. You can stop, look at the art and try to figure out what story the artist is trying to deliver.

I joined a Street Art / Graffiti Tour in Buenos Aires. The tour guide explained each piece and it was very interesting.

And in Buenos Aires, where you will meet the most genuine and friendly people (my experience!), one foreign artist admitted that to do a mural or other work on a wall will normally take longer time than in any other place, but he always loves doing it, every time. The reason is that the people in the neighbourhood will stop by, asking questions, offering some food, a mate tea (a traditional tea in Argentina), discuss or argue about the painting he is about to make.

Some street art is political in nature and tells you stories of what the country faces/faced during particular periods of time. Others may focus on showing the love of a certain football club, be dedicated to a musician, or something like that. And some are filled with secret messages that are only understood by the artists or certain groups.

I liked most of the murals/graffiti pieces I saw, but some I didn’t understand. But the idea to paint boring empty walls with meaningful and beautiful art that makes you stop, look and think is a great way to liven up a city. :)

Here are some samples of the street art I saw during my stay in Buenos Aires, Salta and Mendoza, Argentina.


Some people got so interested with the street art, they asked the artists to paint their house too

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The white head scarves worn by Argentine mothers (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) whose children were “disappeared” during the Dirty War of the military dictatorship, between 1976 and 1983.

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Haydée Mercedes Sosa (9 July 1935 – 4 October 2009), known as La Negra (literally: The Black Woman), was an Argentine singer who was popular throughout Latin America and many countries outside the continent.


This is a pub/ restaurant where the owner once asked some of the artists to paint his restaurant with their arts and the owner gives some space on the backside of this place as a gallery where they can showcase their arts.



It took roughly 18 hours from Buenos Aires to Salta – the distance is around 1,500 km. We took an overnight bus and both of us managed to sleep quite comfortably. There was plenty of leg space and the seats could be reclined almost 180 degrees.

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world, almost 3,000,000 square kilometres, and we had limited weeks of vacation. This meant we had to decide on a couple of places to visit; it would be impossible to ‘do everything’. We decided to start off with Salta and the northwest because my husband had been there before and he had only fond memories.

Argentina’s northwest is lofty and dry, and sits against the beautiful backdrop of the mighty Andes. Nature works magic here with stone; strange, wonderful, tortured rock shapes are visible everywhere. And the puna (altiplano or Andean highlands) and its fauna need to be experienced in person.

Colorful traditional handicrafts, indigenous communities and Inca ruins give the area a definite Andean feel, so does the animal, llama, that I saw (and tasted for the first time!). Coca leaves are sold openly and legally. It is part of the culture to chew coca leaves mixed with bicarbonate of soda to assist breathing at higher altitudes. The mixture is also said to combat fatigue and hunger.


During our stay in Salta, we went to a museum named: Museo de Arquelogía de Alta Montaña. Honestly, this was the first time I read and saw some videos about the Inca culture. When we visited the museum, the well preserved, mummified body of one three children discovered at the peak of a volcano, Llullaillaco, in 1999 was on display.

The Incas practiced what some may consider bizarre custom of sacrificing children of royal lineage or higher status to appease the Gods and ensure safety and fertility. Sacrificed children were buried on some of the Andes’ highest peaks. Llullaillaco is 6,739 meters high. It is not clear whether some of the children were actually buried alive!

It was a bit eerie to see the mummy, but I didn’t have any nightmares afterwards. ☺ It was not allowed to take pictures in the museum so I’m not able to show you what it looked like. If you want to know more, visit the website.

After exploring the city of Salta for a couple of days, we rented a car and headed north up to the Quebrada de Humahuaca for a number of days. We made the small town of Tilcara our base for daily excursions.

Now let me share with you some pictures of the magical, awe-inspiring nature in the northwest.

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Purmamarca village, 30 minutes by car from Tilcara

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Hill of Seven Colors (Cerro de los Siete Colores) in Purmamarca

Cañon Colorado

We followed a homemade map to get there. The problem with the map was that distances were approximate at best. But good fortune comes to s/he who tries and after some walking under the scorching sun we finally found what we were looking for.

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The beautiful tortured rock shapes (don’t you agree?)



El Hornocal

Roughly 25 km up a winding gravel road from the town of Humahuaca at an altitude of around 4,200 m is the Mirador del Hornocal, a viewpoint from which the splendor of the Serranía Hornocal can be seen.

The colored limestone formations are simply amazing. It is best to visit in the afternoon when the sunlight intensifies the colorations. It was a bit cloudy when we went there, but nonetheless indescribably beautiful. And it was quite chilly, only around 8-9 degrees Celsius.

The Mirador del Hornocal is much less visited than the well-known, easily accessible Hill of Seven Colors (Cerro de los Siete Colores) in Purmamarca. The Hill of Seven Colors is fantastic, but bleaks in comparison to the Hornocal, at least according to me.

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Salinas Grandes

The salt flats of Salina Grandes are located on the puna at around 3,500 meters above sea level. Salt is mined here for human, industrial and animal consumption. I cannot describe the salt flats and the surrounding landscape in words, but let me give it a shot: amazing, incredible, dramatic, endless, powerful, extreme, awesome, mind-blowing… And I’ll never forget walking around on the salt flats.


That big white spot in the front is the Salinas Grandes

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The start of my holiday to Argentina was all but smooth. The drive from my apartment in New Delhi to the airport and the arrival in Argentina turned out quite stressful, or I can say now, a little adventurous.

One of the tires of the car that took me to the airport was punctured just 15 minutes after I left my apartment, and it was 1 am in the morning. The spare tire was broken, so there I was, by the street in New Delhi at 1.30 am in the morning with the driver , trying to find another taxi… We eventually found a taxi, which basically “flew” me to the airport. He was fast!

Argentina is very far from India. The total trip for me was around 29 hours with 2 stops; in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I arrived super late in Sao Paulo. Instead of having 1 hour and 50 minutes to get to the next flight, I had only 20 minutes!

I ran like a gazelle, dressed in my winter clothes (it was, and still is, winter in India) in the warm airport of Sao Paulo, where it was and still is summer. Reached the gate out of breath, sweating…but I made it. Phew!

The problem with that kind of short connection is that the luggage is not always able to run as fast as the person making the connection. And sure enough, after a long waiting until the conveyor belt was basically stopped, and my luggage hadn’t arrived, I went out to find the baggage claim office to report about my missing luggage. Not a fun feeling at 11.30 at night after such a long trip. It was also quite warm in Buenos Aires that evening.

The next day, Saturday, I was not really sure where I was, a real jet lag, and I really missed my toiletries. I bought some new clothes, a pair of sandals and some toiletries. Over the first couple of days, I also started to hear all kinds of stories of missing luggages that will come after 2 weeks and started to accept the idea that I might travel Argentina without my bag, and I slowly let go of my luggage..

The hop on/off tour bus was the best way to get to know Buenos Aires in a short time. So that’s what my husband and I did to get to know the city.

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We also changed our travel plans a bit because of my missing bag; instead of leaving Buenos Aires for Salta on Sunday evening, we decided to go on the next day just to give another chance for my bag to arrive in Buenos Aires. And we decided that whether or not I would have my luggage on that day, we would go ahead with our plan to go to Salta (around 1700 km from Buenos Aires).

On Monday morning, I made one of my regular routine calls to the Aerolíneas Argentinas. And this time the answer was a bit different. “We have your luggage, it is a blue backpack, no? We will deliver it this afternoon.” said the guy on the line. I was very happy, and instead of waiting for the airline to deliver it, I went to the airport to pick it up.

And there she was, my own blue “smurf” backpack… standing in front of the counter in the baggage claim office. You see, I bought this backpack just for this trip. I was all smiles. Never been so happy to a see a luggage.

With all the travel I have done (almost to 40 countries now), this was the first time that one my bags has gone missing. And of course, this was the first time that I didn’t have my carry-on luggage for such a long trip. Everything was in that luggage/ backpack. All of a sudden that backpack and what was inside became more precious than anything else.

And now that the drama of the missing luggage was over, we spent the last afternoon in Buenos Aires before we were off to the bus station, by visiting the famous cemetery in the neighbourhood we were staying, named Cementerio de la Recoleta.

This cemetery is a bit special. It is like visiting a housing complex. The individual tombs are decorated in different individual ways. I was not so comfortable walking around here though. Mostly because in quite a few of the tombs you are actually able to see the coffins!  You will see on the pictures below what I mean. Nevertheless, I must say this was a beautiful cemetery.

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In the evening we were on the bus on our way to Salta, which I will write about in my next post!



I am excited to introduce you to the new look of my blog!!!

The whole process from the design stage until the final touch has been a long one, filled with a lot of learning for me. It has also given me a chance to review and rethink what this blog is about.

You see, I created this blog in 2011 with zero knowledge of how to make one. But this time I had a professional web designer rebuild it according to my ideas and wants. I am very happy that I made the decision to use a web designer – The Petite Co.

I looked at so many different websites for inspiration. There are so many nice websites out there… I chose to go for a minimal design with large white spaces. This allows you to be able to read the content as you read something on a clean piece of white paper. And you can look at the pictures, nothing else but the pictures, without any distraction : ) … I know I have put some pressure on myself – I have to ensure that I post only really good pictures now since there are no distractions! (This is good.)

Just be patient though, I am still learning, I am getting there… I think this simple design is the best for the blog at the moment. I just hope you don’t find it too simple.

Okay, even though it is quite easy to find your way around this simple “home”, I will give you a brief tour anyway.

On the top, you’ll find the categories. I have changed these a bit. At the moment there are 5 of them: Jewelry, Lifestyle, Photography, Travels and Life. And if you click on any of them you will go to another page where you will see a summary of the posts under that category (with images!).

Below every post, I use tags as well in case you want to find anything related to those words and a share button so you can share the post to anyone using different media. There is also a comment box in every post now. I look forward to get to know you there.

Other than that, you can search anything in the blog through search and archives, located at the bottom of the blog.

Ahh, and social media! Click on any of them, and let’s be friends.

The main new thing of this blog is the email updates you will receive from me directly to your email inbox, only two times in a month, not more :) should you choose to. Go ahead and sign up below. Your email address will remain confidential with me. I am using a safe application for that. And if you ever change your mind, you can unsubscribe anytime.

I guess that’s about it.. How do you like the new look?

I was accompanied by these nice songs when I wrote this post. Perhaps you want to do the same while you go around the blog. Click here for the playlist.