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February 28th, 2020 Museum to the Falkland/Malvinas war

closed for renovation. don't know until when. 😓😓😓😓

February 7th, 2020 Bodega Valentín Bianchi

100 pesos now, including two not very good wines... 400 for tour and more tastings but one tour per hour only with this option

February 7th, 2020 Labirinto de Borges

170 pesos now.... wow, they increase so fast...

February 6th, 2020 san huberto winery

free tour and tasting, just show up and ask at the gate. 9-17 mon-thursday and 9-15 on Fridays.
tasting with two wines (dessert white wine and a malbec).
interesting tour which doesn't receive bus tour so you'll likely get your private one.
Worth a visit!!
6 toneles outside with 3.5 hectares of vineyard for photos.

February 6th, 2020 Small Winery Canepa Martin

450 pesos for a tour including tasting... we skipped

February 1st, 2020 Ford/Chevy (American vehicle) transmission service/repair - Roberto Bruce

We visited here after we had been with transmission problems for 4 months.
transmission had been rebuilt, radiator cleaned, torque converter brand new, solenoide cleanedcwith ultrasounds... we didn't know what to check next.
The van was working but failing in hard uphills. so we came here.
They changed our Solenoide and the transmission oil cooler, they checked EVERYTHING (sensors, tubes, air filter) and niw our van is working and we made it to Mendoza!!
we have a ford e350 2004, they have all the spare parts you may need for 4r100 transmissions! and if you have problems on the road... they are willing to ship you the parts you may need!
clean, professional, knowledgeable, fast working, friendly we totally recommend him!

December 19th, 2019 euroasia TRANSMISSIONES AUTOMATICAS

spare parts of all brands of automatic transmissions. 2-3 shops in a row which have everything you may need

December 19th, 2019 Vidrieria

Good place for glass works!
we got a side mirror for our car for 8000 pesos, while the original part would cost us at least 100.000!! no front windows but side windows yes, and everything mirror related

December 19th, 2019 desarmadurìa (wrecker) Manuel Quezada

probably the biggest wrecker in town.
it's gigantic, has many brands.
you may want to check this out for cheap prices. Open to public only from 15.00 pm onwards.

November 18th, 2019 Welding and Tornero - all metals

The shop where Toyota, Mitsubishi and other goes to make their parts.
welding of all kinds of metal, tubes, pipes, aluminium, iron, otton, bronze, etc.
not cheap but the guy KNOWS his stuff.

October 3rd, 2019 Mega Market

Be careful here!!! in less than 15 minutes my bf got robbed of the wallet here! it was 3 ladies, one local pointed out who coordinates them (they all know) and we went in fron of her speaking loudly saying we had no money in it but we had the passport, so if they would just realize it they could drop it on the ground and we would search for it... not even 2 minutes and someone dropped it at the feet of our friends...!! 20 minutes later someone spit on our friend to distract him while trying to steal from him too...
we were all speaking spanish at the market, and don't look too gringos. we had no cameras and the wallet was in a closed pocket but they were fast and expert. if you go DON'T BRING anything with you!! we got lucky (overall).

September 25th, 2019 Gravel alley

just a gravel alley but large and all truck drivers sleep here overnight. so safe, free and big rigs friendly. we didn't have problems. there's a parking with toilets and showers here but closed during the night.
a few harmless stray dogs

September 24th, 2019 Don Santiago llantero tire repairs

basic mechanic and tire shop.
not the best in terms of tools, but we had a breakdown and Don Santiago let us stay 5 days here while trying to find a truck that would load us and our van and bring us to la paz. cold showers on the back. he is a nice man, even prepared us free lunch after a few days!

September 9th, 2019 Mercado Mayorista

THIS is the place for shopping, cheaper than san pedro or the street vendors.
1kg rice 3 soles
1 kg pasta 3 soles
8 limes for 1 sol
1 kg potatoes 1.5 soles
etc etc
also fresh juice for 3/4/5 soles
almuerzos for 5 soles

September 3rd, 2019 Bus Ticket Office

Beginnin of the low season now. Yesterday ten minutes to buy the tickets, 10 minutes queue to board the bus. This at 8am. Awesome!

September 3rd, 2019 Free ride to Aguas Calientes

We started to walk from hydroelectrica early in the morning. in this location we noticed several empty buses were going back to Aguas Calientes after they dropped off tourists in Machu.
we flagged down one of them and we asked if we could board the bus to machu directly from here and buy the bus tickets aboard. The driver said we had to buy the tickets first in Aguas Calientes.
We then asked if he could give us a free lift to Aguas and were accepted.
This is a good option if you want to save yourself 2.6 km walk and/or are running late for your entry time in Machu.
I think it only works in the morning tho ;)

August 31st, 2019 incredible local market!!

we were here on a saturday. don't know if it's everyday. huge, local!! no tourists at all!

August 29th, 2019 mercado central de san pedro

cheap souvenirs and textils, plus places with full menu for 5 soles! open until 5-6pm! plus vegetables, cheese, fruit etc!

August 27th, 2019 Three rainbow mountains

best time for light and pictures: start the hike at 9.00am and end around 11.30am.
you're welcome ;)
few collectivos, few people today (monday)

August 27th, 2019 River Spot

first collectivo transit passed by here at 7.30am.
no need to rush. between 7.30 and 8.00am there were 7 collectivos.
few people for such a big area to explore!
ideal time to leave this spot is 8.00am to get amazing pictures.
we had a quiet night

August 26th, 2019 Slot Canyon

Be sure to put repellent on; midday and sunny, and sandflies ate us alive!
Still worth it tho :)

August 26th, 2019 Hot showers

showers were barely warm.
5 soles pp for what you get is too much in my opinion.

August 25th, 2019 Tour to Uros islands with Roger or other local

another point for william! he came as soon as we parked in this spot, it was Sunday at noon and we did a 2,5 hours tour to Uros (15 pp).
knowledge, kindness and friendly, we loved him!
tours to isla Taquile are 120 soles per boat and take a whole day (early start) so better write him in advance in what's up for taquile

August 24th, 2019 catarata de pillones

2 soles pp the entrance.
not majestic, but if it's on your way it's a nice stopover.
you can drive to the mirador (good gravel) and you can descend by walk.
They even organize tours from arequipa to come here and to the stone forest.
we were there at 4pm and were alone.

August 24th, 2019 bosque de piedras

cool place and free! good gravel (10 km and back) to get here from imata village.
plenty of cincillàs to spot!

August 24th, 2019 in street below a camera

in front of hotel santa rosa on the street.
we stayed 4 nights and was safe.

hard to find a spot in weekends.
blue lines but noone collecting money in 4 days. can be loud at night until 1am.
try the amazing museo del pisco nearby, best cocktail bar in town (expensive at 26 soles a cocktail but worth it!)

August 21st, 2019 Full Daecars

MODERN, fast and EFFICIENT place where you can change your tires, parts, or have it all serviced!
they accept all credit cards (5% charge) and are opened all day (sunday closed).
They changed 3 tires straight away, for 305 soles, on our ford e350 passenger van.
Friendly and professional!
They service motorbikes and big rigs as well, they have bridges to lift your vehicle, they are in a big street with a big entrance so they will be okay for any size!

August 21st, 2019 Full Daecars

Ps you may want to arrange everything you need to it.
We found spare parts are cheaper here than Bolivia, Ecuador or Cusco.
Definetely a place where to stock up!

August 20th, 2019 da Giancarlo Pizza Italiana & restaurant

owned by a real italian chef, best pizza in town and 1# ranked on tripadvisor as well.
family like place and possibility to overnight in the street right in front of it (have to move during the day).
adress calle zela 313, phone 963301342

August 16th, 2019 At Reserva's Entrance - Police Station

To enter the reserva from here you'll find a puesto de control and Commisaria (police station).
we asked and were allowed to stay.

We recommend you to have a full day (minimum) to visit the Reserve if going all the way from here to Vilca (road on maps.me only), and from Vilca back to the Ruta 24.
Also, be sure you have fuel as from here to almost the coast we didn't find any official petrol station.
Also best place to spend the night is Puentes Coloniales. You won't find another good spot for sleep for another 2.5 hours if driving to the coast (Capillucas police station is the first one).
Plan accordingly and don't underestimate the amount of time it will take you for pictures ;)


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