Salta, Tilcara and Humahuaca

Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
Trip End May 21, 2011

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Flag of Argentina  , Salta,
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Our travels continued by heading via the famous Jesuit Ruins of San Ignacio and then the following day, we ventured further North West towards Salta. Salta is a friendly and modern city, overshadowed by the Andes mountain ranges. We really liked it here. On the first day, Eleanor and I decided to ignore the 5 minute cable car ride to the top of a nearby mountain and decided to walk the 1300 steps instead. At the top, a sea of terracotta and white stretched out before us; the varied colonial buildings, imposing churches and endless pyramid-shaped mountain ranges in the distance make Salta a great city to see from on high.

After Salta, we caught a bus to a tiny town called Tilcara. With a population of only 11,000, Tilcara is an isolated town that was very different to Salta. Based at over 2000m above sea level, the journey to Tilcara offered incredible views of mountain ranges wrapped in horizontal bands of colour. We managed to stay in the worst accommodation to date here but for under 2 each we weren't going to complain. We walked around the town and neighbouring hills, battling against the wind and subsequent dust clouds. The following day, we journeyed to neighbouring Humahuaca. This very scenic little town with white-washed buildings and cobbled streets is tucked away between the mountains. The diversity of Argentina’s landscape is really incredible. In four short weeks we have visited jungle, bustling, lively cities, snow-capped mountains and hot and dusty towns in polychrome mountains. It is sad to leave and not explore more.
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