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Adventure Touring Motorcycle Review

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Here is part two of a video reviewing adventure touring motorcycles including the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure.

Salta

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From Tucuman, I road a short distance to Salta. I hung out in Salta for two days. I met up with a friend that I had met in Buenos Aires named Craig. He's a doctoral student from the US studying the ecology of the region. We went out to dinner, checked out a movie, and he showed me around the town a bit. I was experiencing a bad hair day. Salta is a fairly large town with a small town feel.  There is a blend of architectural styles around the central plaza.
Colonia Calbildo
The Church of Saint Francis from a distance.
The Church of Saint Francis up close. Interesting arabic styled house. Street vendor selling jewelry. I visited the Museo Arqueologia de Alta Montana and saw this Andean mummy. It was discovered frozen and preserved in the nearby mountains.
Andean mummy 2
While passing by the central park at night I stopped and listened to this concert for a while. A blend of Andean and Pop.
 I rode this teleferico up a hill.
And from atop the hill caught this scenic view of Salta. A…

Northern Argentina... Valle de la Luna, Ischigualasto, La Rioja, Andalgala, Tucuman...

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From San Rafael, I set off down the road and pointed my wheels north. My first stop was San Agustin de Valle Fertil San Agustin del Valle Fertil is a small town surrounded by rolling hills, rivers and forests There was a little lake formed by a small dam. A nice peaceful place to spend the night.
But the real attraction was just north of the town in the area known as the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) and the Parque Provencial Ischigualasto The park is a natural park and geological formation in north-western Argentina. There is a dirt road loop meandering through the park which passes by various rock formations.
I left my bag at the park ranger station and set off for a day of dirt riding.
It was a bright sunny day, not a cloud in the sky. According to this guide, the Ischigualasto park contains late Triassic (Carnian) period deposits with some of the oldest known dinosaur remains in the world. It is the only place in the world where nearly all of the Triassic is represented …