The land of thousand colours...
01.07.2007 - 04.07.2007 22 °C
Argentina was not included in my original travel plans, but somehow, I have spent more days here than any other country so far. There must be areason for it.
Norwest Argentina comprises the provinces of Salta and Jujuy, this one being the poorest province in the country. People here are mostly andean looking, and seem more from Bolivia or Peru than from Argentina. In other words, when I join a queue here, im normally the tallest and the whitest :D
Salta is a very popular spot with backpackers and travellers, which means im not such a "gringa" here as I was in the places last week (im still a gringa, but compared with the rest, I look a little bit less). And although is the low season in the area, i can feel the presence of a lot more foreigners around.
I have decided to make the most of the detour and explore this area, so I will end up visiting the whole of North Argentina from east to west. Salta is a really nice city and the colonial architecture is awesome. It is located to the east part of the Andes and to the west of the Cerro San Bernardo, a hill which is accesible by cable car or by foot, if you make the 1070 steps. For those of you who are wondering how i got up there, I will surprise you by telling you that I actually climbed the steps!! There is a reason for it, I had a massive lunch of argentinian steak (which by the way costed me 3.5 pounds) and I felt so guilty i thought I will try to burn it. By the time i made it to the top, i think the steak was already in my ankles
This is a view of the city from the top, with the andes behind.
Next day i move to San Salvador de Jujuy, which is the base to explore the Quebrada de Humahuaca area. And dont think that the names are difficult for you because you dont speak spanish, I find them extremely hard to pronounce too!!
Here, most of the population is of andean roots, and all the little villages I visit around here have a really andean feel. So this is Purmamarca, with its Cerro de los 7 Colores (hill of the seven colours) and although the pictures are not very good, and you cannot appreciate the colour of the soil or the sky, I thought I´ll still post them here
Next, was the village of Tilcara, which has a fortress (called pukara in quechua) on the top of the hill, that used to be where the whole of the area was governed.There are still some ruins, but the view and sight of those huge cactus are the highlight!
And of course, my daily touristy photo, camera hanging from the neck included!
Footnote- I burnt badly my shoulders, as I had my "beginners" moment and didnt realized that the sun at 2500meters above sea level BURNS A LOT...
Today, im heading north, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, and into Bolivia. I have met some argentinians in the hostels which are heading the same way, so we are leaving together tonight. Well, that is the plan anyway, reality might not be that at the end.. but we´ll see!!!
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