ponchonick
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    Hi Splinter, no, it hasn't: it's still ripio. It wasn't in bad coniditon last time I went just before Easter, though (possibly because there's not so much traffic). It was in a terrible state because they weren't grading it very often (apparently the roads people hadn't been paid)...


    Hi Serafina,


    Thanks for your reply.


    Yes, Socompa is still operating, or rather (like us), just in cold storage until business hots up again. I think we have to get through this winter first, to see how we emerge from that.


    November 2020 might be OK, but I think next year would be safer...


    Good to have you contributing to the forum.


    The worlwide tourism industry does seem to have been hit the hardest for obvious reasons especially those areas that rely mostly on foreign visitors. There are now signs that Europe is over the worst however even it still has a long way to go. Can't see much improvement here soon however hopefully things will look more positive by the time Spring/Summer arrives. Argentina is a longhaul destination for many tourists which doesn't help.

    Yes, UK Man, you're right: though I think when we're through the worst of this (whenever that may be), and people start thinking about travelling again, they might opt for longer holidays in further flung places just to make the most of their time, rather than short long weekend hops around Europe. Those are my fingers crossed, anyway!


    Welcome to the forum, Nick.

    I've just read your BA Times article and it's pretty grim reading. I can't see it improving until late this year, as you say.

    Your website is very slick and welcoming, and I couldn't help noticing that Cafayate is featured, which reminds me of a motorcycle trip I did from BA to Salta, passing through Cafayate and Quebrada de las Conchas to El Carril.

    A spectacular ride, as was the next week to Cachi.

    Yes, the Valles Calchaquies are wonderful, aren't they!


    We live in Cerrillos, two towns along from El Carril on the road to Salta...

    I've just joined this forum, so I am still fumbling my way around... please forgive typos/typoes.


    In pre-Covid days I was running a pretty successful tour company in Salta with my wife Alicia, who was born here.


    Since March 2020, I've reverted to my first love of journalism, covering the Maradona soap opera for the British tabloids, slightly more serious stuff for the Daily Telegraph and becoming the north Argentina correspondent for the Buenos Aires Times.


    I'd like to share a piece I wrote back in August about the impact on tourism here, which I imagine has been mirrored throughout the country, but has struck particularly hard in those places where it's such a huge part of the economy: How many of us will be left?


    Sadly, prospects of survival for many agencies are even bleaker than when I wrote that article, as it looks as if foreign tourism, the lifeblood of many agencies like mine, won't be returning until the tail-end of the year (if we're lucky).


    Please feel free to contact me if you're planning a trip up to Salta, Jujuy, or Catamarca, or across the border into the Atacama in Chile or Salares of Uyuni in Bolivia.


    You don't have to do a trip with us: I'm happy to help wherever I can!





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