Circuito Norte

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 29, 2008

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Still on the same road since we left Salta, on the way back to the south we cross for the second time, the Tropic of Capricorn. Being a Capricorn myself, I had to stop to have my photo taken at the spot marked by a massive sundial monument which marks the exact point of the tropic. Coincidentally, the whole area seems to be populated by goats!

We revisit Tilcara for lunch and then take the one turning off of the road, which we have been travelling along for 3 days, to Purmamarca. On the way we pick up a Polish hitchhiker (it seems that they are not all working in London!). The bus had dropped him and his 2! girlfriends at the junction and would not take them the last 2kms to Purmamarca, so the girls were sending him ahead to find a taxi. Fat chance!

Purmamarca is a small village nestled at the foot of the "Cerro de los Siete Colores" (Hill of the 7 colours). Another village geared for visitors with the usual places to eat and sleep and the obligatory, overpriced craft market in the village square. Strangely, a lot of the restaurants and hostals were closed maybe it was too early in the season. Accommodation here seemed in the main to be quite cruddy and more expensive than we expected, presumably because it is on a well trodden route plied by the tour buses, but we needed to stay overnight to see the morning sunlight on the 7 coloured hills. They were beautiful, but tricky to photograph as they were so big and so close to the village- I think our best shot was as we left the village and looked back at them from a distance.
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Angie on

Dear Crellstone....even when they are the best I have seen, your pictures do not makeany justice. Do y uo miss the NW?
HOpe you do .
Warm regards,

candcthai on

Hi Angie. Yes we do miss the northwest (a lot!) but hope to return in the not to distant future! Assuming of course, that the current diplomatic wrangling over Las Malvinas does not escalate making it difficult for us English to visit.
Thanks for your comments re my photos. You are right of course, they do not do it justice - I clearly need a better camera!!

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