The Long Road from Jujuy to Tilcara

Trip Start Aug 02, 2011
Trip End Aug 17, 2011

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Drive to Tilcara

Flag of Argentina  , Northern Argentina,
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

We spent the rest of the afternoon driving from Jujuy to Tilcara.  The afternoon sun made the lanscape look amazing.  It was very much like the desert in Arizona.  The mountains were various colors of red, orange, yellow, blue and green.  The hills were dotted with large cactus that looked the the Saguaro cactus in Arizona, but they were somewhat different.

The drive was beautiful, and we stopped at several places to take pictures.  We learned about the local culture from Angie and about when was the best time for pictures based on the where the sun was.

We arrived in Tilcara a little after 5:00 pm.  I must admit, Tilcara was much differnt than I expected.  It was a very old town, with norrow dirt streets, and old stucco buildings. While it was a quaint looking town nestled at the foot of the mountain, it was not all that pretty.  It was a very dusty, dirty, smoky place.  I was very happy when we arrived at our hotel, the Las Terrazas.  It was a beautiful place built into the side of the hill.  It had some green grass and some fountains.  It was truly and oasis in Tilcara.  I was glad we were staying here over any other place in the city.

After we checked into the hotel and got settled, we went to the main square to do some shopping.  Angie told us that the items sold here would be the best prices we would see duri ng our visit to Norther Argentina.

We had a good time shopping.  Necia and I made our first stop at a wood show where they sold some very interesting hand made items.  We spent a long time looking and bought several little boxes and nativity sets.  We met the rest of our group on the square and continued to shop. 

The one think we did not realize about Tilcara was that although it was very warm in the city during the day, it grew very cold in the evening.  As a result, we all wound up purchasing alpaca sweaters at the market.  They were very nice and reasonably priced.  They also did a good job keeping us warm during the eveing.  We made a quick stop at the post office to buy some stamps so we could mail some postcards home.  (unfortuantely, we lost the stamps during the trip and were never able to use them) 

The next issue to face us was where to eat dinner.  We were not expecting how late everything opened.  The place we wanted to go to dinner did not open until 8:30.  That seemed a little late for us, but we killed a little time looking for some souvenires and going to the bank.  (All of the banks in Northern Argentina have long lines).  When it was finally 8:30 we went to dinner.

The place we went was very nice.  Most of us had pasta, but parker had alpaca.  The food was okay.  Not as good as the food in Buenos Aires, but the service was nice and the place was very pretty.  We enjoyed the dinner. 

Following dinner, we walked back to the hotel.  The one thing we noticed during our walk to the hotel was that Tilcara has a stray dog problem.  We didn't realize how bad it was until we started to go to bed.  There were dogs barking, fighting and howling all night.  They only stopped after about 8:30 the next morning.
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