A Travellerspoint blog

December 2011

Salta Tour - Purnamaca back to Salta

Day 3

sunny 23 °C

In the morning Santos came to say goodbye as he was off to Bolivia with some clients so we were to join a group in a microbus. We first stopped to take the picture of the seven colours mountain. The legend says that when god made the qoeld he wiped his fingers on this mountains, hence the name of the painter's palette.
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We saw the belly button of the mountain
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And then we arrived in the nice village of Humahuaca, with its nice square
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This village has a festival in February that last a month where couples decide to give each other freedom for a night so they can try other people!!!! How funny...

This village has also got some interesting traditions whereby couples who were created during that festival have 3 years to see if they are meant for each other.. If in the 3 years the woman is not happy with the man she can deliver him back to his family, and similarly if the man is not happy with the woman he can deliver her back to her family. If in between they have a kid, they the kid gets given to the man's family as it is deemed to be his fault that the baby was conceived. How about that then!

We then left to go back to Salta via Jujuy (not a lot to see there)...

Posted by ealonso 15:03 Archived in Argentina Tagged jujy humahuaca Comments (0)

Salta Tour - Salta to Purnamaca

Day 3

sunny 24 °C

Today we went to the highest we would do on the trip... we followed the Train of the clouds
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We passed a pass at 4080 metres
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We then went to the Salinas (salt planes) through really muddy roads and we were lucky to be with the 4x4 as some buses and trucks got stuck in the mud
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After the salinas we went over another pass
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And we arrived in the little town of Purnamaca in the most beautiful hotel Marques de Tojo
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And went for a little walk around the place
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Posted by ealonso 14:47 Archived in Argentina Tagged salinas purnamaca Comments (0)

Salta Tour - Cafayate back to Salta

In the morning we went to visit 2 wineries .. a modern one and the oldest one in the Cafayate valley which has a neat museum and some interesting wines, export brands around 100 pesos and the national products at about 50 pesos... The problem was that there was no production as the harvest will take place in February and we need to go back in March..
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We then took the nicest road of all called the Quebrada de las Conchas ... and saw some magnificient sceneries..
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Los Castillos
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El Sapo (the toad)
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The amphitheater
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The Devil's Throat
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Back in Salta we went to see a pilgrimage little chapel on top of the mountain. It is said that the lady the pilgrims come to see has been visited by Mary and Jesus. She applies her hand on all pilgrims and there have been miracles... so we thought I should give it a go... Now the problem was that the lady was on holidays so I have to be back in March!!! But we visited the place and it was kind of amazing! And the views were amazing!
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Posted by ealonso 14:34 Archived in Argentina Tagged quebrada_de_las_conchas Comments (0)

Salta Tour - Salta to Cafayate

Day 1

sunny 24 °C

We decided with the parents to go to the North Ouest to visit the beautiful provinces of Salta and Jujuy...so we took a flight to Salta...and stayed in the nice Antiguo Convento hotel..

We were lucky enough to have a guide for ourselves with a 4 wheel drive truck which we understood why during the first day...The first day program was to go south of Salta via Cachi, then take a drive in the Valleys of Calchaquies and stay the night in Cafayate... The road was awesome, apart from the fact that due to the rain most of the roads were washed under the mud. Some houses were under the mud too!!!

Salta
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Quebrada de Escoipe...
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Enchanted valley
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The Col de la Piedra Molina (3348m)
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Calle Tin Tin (the straightest road)
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Lunch
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Cachi
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Ruta 40 to Cafayate .... areas of Las Flechas
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The craftsmen road
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Molinos
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Cafayate
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Posted by ealonso 14:06 Archived in Argentina Tagged cachi cafayate valley_calchiquies Comments (0)

Week in Buenos Aires at Caro

sunny 28 °C

I left the kids with Frank on the 20th as Hayden had a chest infection... so I took the plane to meet the parents in Madrid and then take a flight to Buenos Aires...

We are now in Buenos Aires with Carolina and decided to have a walk around town ...
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We went first to Puerto Madero where Caro works, next to the river...
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Then she took us to traditional stands where they sell parilladas that is to say BBQ meat in a sandwich...
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From there we walked towards San Thelmo...where there is the statue of Fangio, the formula 1 driver that won several times the Grand Prix...the oldest library and pharmacy of Buenos Aires...
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And the main square Plaza de Mayo...with theCasa de Govierno (the pink house), the cathedral...
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And some more photos of the city..
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Very nice architecture...

Posted by ealonso 04:57 Archived in Argentina Tagged buenos_aires plaza_de_mayo puerto_madero san_thelmo Comments (0)

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