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... valley and an interesting walk around the ruins.
On the way back, we walked through the little arts and crafts market on the square where the local Quechua people displayed their goods. The population here is really far from what we expected from Argentina, but we suppose that might change as we move south. After all, we’re not at all far from the border with Bolivia. At the market, we both fell in love with the colors of the typical Andean fabrics, ...
... and got chatting, all of us enjoying the chance to speak and hear a bit of English. They where riding their push bikes up to Cachi and asked if the roads where dirt all the way , they where hoping this was not the case unfortunately we had some bad news for them. We also had to break the news to them about the dry dusty nature of the dirt roads. Hope they got up early as I think it will be a long day for them. 21st Had a nice slow start to the morning after all ...
... Then, to my surprise, I realised the the toilet came equipped with toilet paper. For the last two months in Bolivia I'd been carrying a roll everywhere I went in my handbag because no toilets (not even those in restaurants or hostels) had paper in them. Finally, I could live life without a roll of paper in my bag. Even more exciting: there was soap at the sink. A tear came to my eye.
In all other non-toilet ways, Argentina is much ...
... so colorful they seem fake: the most beautiful one, the mountain of the seven colors, looks like a giant cake of many layers and strange colors. The village itself is quite nice, and the faces of the people constantly remind you how close Bolivia is and how much you are moving away from Argentina and the European origins of its inhabitants. On the way back, chaos again: a huge traffic jam a few kilometers long, caused by the latest storm that flooded the highway with a river ...
... home full of incredibly friendly, sober people. We decided to give ourselves the day off, so just unpacked and explored the town. It's really beautiful, completely surrounded by the Andes with plenty of walks, and horse riding for those a bit braver than us. There's also a brilliant market of handmade gap-yeary items, most of which we have resisted I'm proud to say! The ...