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... the next day we first set off to buy our bus tickets on to La Quiaca, on the Bolivian border. This accomplished, we trekked through the town to visit the main attraction - a pre-Inca settlement, lovingly reconstructed in the 1950s and including a Pukara (fortress), shaped like a small pyramid. The ruins were great - small houses with cactus wood roofs, with fantastic views of the colourful valley. On our way back ...
... ice-cream at lunchtime had seemed to appease the demons besieging Hannah, so we went to see the peņa without any dizziness. It was a really impressive show, with the band playing a varied selection of pan-flutes, recorders, drums, guitars and the charango, a five-string ukelele-sized guitar that was traditionally made from an armadillo shell and llama-gut strings (itīs much more humane nowadays, and armadillos are classed as an endangered species). The ...
... from the reception and a map, complete with a graveyard that doesn't exist, its a bit Brigadoon if you ask me. Anyway, we hit our for the town square looking for an ATM, and found it right beside some local stalls. They were full of the typical local ware and some tourist tack too. We took out the map of the area and headed for a prehispanic fort, Pucara De Tilcara. It was only a short walk to it, but we got to walk over a fairly decrepit bridge and past the ghost cemetry. The ruins ...
... as everything looks the same. After 2 hrs of walking up dead end canyons and climbing over sketchy ridges covered in the loosest soil and spiky cactus we were ready to call it quits. Until we found a little refuge with a path next to it. After following it for half an hour we spotted the caves high up on the ridge. The caves were awesome.
One cave was about 50m long and was very tight. Just to enter the cave you had to climb up and shuffle ...
... for the 3 nights.
We were shown to the room, but it had twin beds in it. We asked if they had a double room and they said they’d put the beds together. We had visions of the hostel bed in BA – 2 singles squashed together with a sheet holding them together. Turns out these Velcro together.
The guy remade the bed and we went for something to eat as it was well after 9 by now. We had our first llama steak – ...
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