Chepes: un lugar para nunca olvidar / A place to never forget

Córdoba a Chepes – 407 km. Febrero 6, 2011
Dejamos Córdoba temprano en la mañana con los dos autos para hacer un trayecto que se suponía llevaba 3 horas. Finalmente terminó siendo de 10 horas. Después de manejar 3 horas por la montaña, nos enteramos que la ruta que había que seguir (que tenía túneles muy buenos) tenia un trecho de arena que estaba muy mojado y que los autos no podían pasar. Tuvimos que retomar por una ruta asfaltada y eso agregó otras 3-4 horas al viaje. Más la parada para almorzar y algunas otras paradas y el día pasó.
Paramos a pasar la primera noche con los abuelos en el único hotel de Chepes. Paramos en Chepes sólo porque estaba en camino a los Parques Ischigualasto (Valle de la Luna) y Talampaya. En Chepes, de repente los insectos aumentaron de tamaño y a T no le gustaba nada. El hotel, como decía, tenía aire acondicionado and pileta. El aire no funcionaba y la pileta tenía el agua super verde. Para comer? Era domingo a la noche asique el restaurant del hotel no funcionaba. Nos recomendaron en la estación de servicio NO ir a unos comedores que quedaban cerca, y al acercarnos confirmamos que NO se debia comer ahi. Finalmente compramos aceitunas y usamos nuestro “stock de emergencia”: galletitas, mangos secos y maníes. Hicimos un picnic en el hotel, que por suerte nos vendió cervezas y vino. Por suerte había un festival en la plaza del pueblo que duró hasta entrada la noche…

Chepes: a place to never forget
Córdoba to Chepes – 407 km. Feb. 6th
We left Córdoba early with the two cars for what was supposed to be short three hour ride. It turned out to be ten hours. After about 3 hours driving through the mountains we learnt that the road ahead, that involved some cool tunnels through the mountains and then a long sandy stretch, was too wet to go through with the cars. We took a detour through paved road that added another 3-4 hours. Add a stop for lunch and a few other breaks and the day was gone.
We stopped for our first night with grandparents at the only hotel in Chepes. Chepes was only meant as a stop to break the trip towards the incredible National Parks of Valle de la Luna and Talampaya. In Chepes insects suddenly grew larger (we learnt T is a city critter, he didn’t like the sight of all sorts of insects crawling and flying around). As promised the hotel had A/C and swimming pool. The A/C was not working and the water in the pool was deep green. Options for dinner? It was Sunday so the hotel did not provide restaurant service. We were advised at the gas station NOT to go to the two places down the street that served food and a quick trip there confirmed we were not having dinner that night. We purchased a jar of olives and a jar of mashed olives from the gas station and combined that with some supplies from our ’emergency’ stocks: some crackers and dried fruits. Luckily the hotel did sell drinks so we had beer and wine to go with the food. We’ll be buying a more extensive selection of foods for our emergency stocks…
During dinner we heard loud music coming from the park across the hotel. We are not sure what the event was but it lasted until quite late into the night according to some. I fell asleep pretty fast.

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