Quebrada De Humahuaca Gorge...

Trip Start Jan 12, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, June 1, 2006

The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a Unesco world heritage Site, a gorge with hills that are streaked with rich, vivid, blue, green, orange, yellow and red colours and hills studded with cacti. Reminded me of Arizona but without the heat.

I took a bus from Salta to Humahauaca, the weather was not wanting to play today, overcast..... As the bus rose to Humahuaca´s 2,936 metres above sea level we drove through the clouds to a warm sun heating up the landscape and it was stunning to say the least. Before Humahuaca is a small town called Marmara, not much to it but as you pass it on the bus you find a cemetary where the dead are buried on the hillside. The most beautiful cemetary i have ever seen. I didnt stay in Humahuaca vey long, in fact less than an hour as the bus timetables didnt suit. Needless to say i think i got a quick taste of this great little town. I quickly visited the shady Plaza and the grand Independence monument and walked the cobblestone streets before heading back to the terminal to eat a quick milanesa (steak roll for USD50 cents!) from the local ladies selling from baskets.
The descent back through the clouds to cold dreary Juyjuy was a dissapointment....

HOT TIPS fro travellers:
1) Whilst it was beautiful, i think i would have been dissapointed if i had gone out tof my way
2) If catching the bus UP in the morning sit on the left of the bus, if catching the bus UP in the afternoon sit on the right. Obvioulsy the oposite if travelling DOWN. The importancy of the seats is due to the sun and its impact on the scenery of the mountains.
3)If you have the time visit the Cerro de los siete coloures which is meant to be a highlight in the area.
4) Would be a cool place to spent the night but not much longer.
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