Salinas Grandes, Jujuy and Salta, Argentina

The Salinas Grandes in Jujuy and Salta, Argentina, are a small salar or salt desert located on the high plateau of the provinces of Jujuy and Salta. The salar extends in fact to the southwest of the ‘Laguna de Guayatayoc’. It is an expanse area of salt in the form of hard crust, with a thickness of 30 centimetres. You can drive by car on its surface. It is dazzling whiteness, and almost always forms with the blue sky, a landscape of stunning beauty. A nice asphalt road leads directly onto 190 kilometers departing from San Salvador de Jujuy (national road 52). This road (Paso de Jama to Chile) passes through Purmamarca. It takes two hours in total. The Salinas Grandes is located at the small town of Abra de Potrerillo. It is the third salar in importance in South America. Their origin dates back to about 5-10 million years when the place had been covered completely by waters of a volcano. The evaporation of the liquid and its components through the time formed the salar.

Tips

You can visit the Salinas Grandes by yourself or through a local tourism operator. You will find tours departing from the cities of Jujuy and Salta and they generally make a stop to visit Purmamarca and see the ‘Cerro de siete colores’ (mountain of the seven colors) and to take advantage of its market of craft products.
If you decide to go by yourself by car, remember that it is an isolated area with very little villages on the way so have your tank full and carry water and food. Once there, you will find a restaurant.
Don’t forget to bring sunglasses to protect your eyes from so much brightness. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
If you go by yourself, you will have the explanation from the workers working on the spot. They are very friendly and welcoming as all the people of the region.

Regional Botanical Garden of Cadereyta, Queretaro, Mexico

The Regional Botanical Garden of Cadereyta is located southeast of the city of Cadereyta de Montes, Queretaro, at an altitude of 2046 meters, with volcanic soils. This institution is dedicated to the study, conservation and use of the Mexican flora; especially the semi-desert of Queretaro. The objective is to contribute to the scientific knowledge of botanical resources for global use, teach ecological and economic importance of plant resources and promoting the integration of collections of semi-desert plants of Queretaro. There we find five collections: the semi-desert, the Queretaro cactus, vegetation of the Valley de Queretaro, the type Mammillaria in Mexico and Agave of Queretaro.

Tips

For a complete tour, it is best to do it with a guided tour for an explanation,so you will appreciate this place twice. It is best to book in advance and it’s free. It’s a beautiful walk for the whole family.
If you are interested, you can also buy plants and receive expert advice for their care and development.

Bačvice, Split, Croatia

Bačvice is a fairly popular beach in Split, Croatia, which is about 1 km from the city center towards the ferry port. It is a small sandy beach that usually has a lot of people because of the proximity of the port and the city center. There is a cafe on the beach and there are other cafes, bars and pizzerias not far from it. Sun umbrellas and chairs rental is also possible, but as the place is not large there are not for everyone. There are also showers out of the sea. If you prefer there is a part where you will be a bit quieter where the sand finishes and the rocks take place.

Tips

If you are on a cruise and you make a stop to visit the city, it is the closest beach to the port and you can access it by walking about 500 meters. There are no large structure, but it’s okay to enjoy a good time of sea and sun.
If you stay in Split and you want to take a good space on the sand, you have to go early because the beach is small and if there are cruise ships, the place is too crowded with tourists.