Cactus and Altitude Adjustment
Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
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The winter climate is lovely, pleasant in the day and very cool at night (elevation of 2500m), although I'm sure that in the summer the days could be unbearable. We actually had our own spot of luxury, staying in a cosy hospedaje with an open fireplace - the best value we've had in Argentina for the price, at $16 for the two of us per night with breakfast. Again it was just fate we found the place. We had walked around the town looking for good value accomodation when a friendly fellow driving by, stopped his car and asked what we were after and how much we wanted to pay
The mountains around the area have been inhabited by indigenous peoples for centuries, most recently by the incas before the spaniards. As a result there are a multitude of archeological sites, and the museums are fascinating, displaying some of the mummies (naturally preserved in the cool dry mountain desert air) from burials, as well as child sacrifices.
We walked into the mountains yesterday with a spanish speaking guide (good practice for us) to visit some remote caves where we had to do an offering of coca leaves to the local spirits before passing inside. One of the caves went right through to the other side revealing a great view of multi-coloured mountains.