Trip Start Mar 29, 2010
23Trip End May 24, 2010
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We hopped on a local bus shortly after noon that made virtually every conceivable stop along the way to Humahuaca. Normally I would be frustrated by such a turn of events, but the trip took us the "Quebrada de Humahuaca" – a large gorge that cuts through multi-colored sandstone and sedimentary rocks. It was recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and again, it reminded much of the U.S. Southwest.
The first photo in this post give you a very small glimpse of what we saw
To see better pictorial representations of the Quebrada, click here.
Upon arrival to Humahuaca, I stepped off the bus with just the customary nausea and light-headedness, and no headaches from the altitude. Then we walked up a couple of stairs off the main plaza, and I started to suck wind worse than a defensive lineman in the home stretch of a marathon.
No sudden or strenuous movements would be the rule of the day for me.
Humahuaca is a quaint little town with nothing to do. It doesn’t have the charm of Purmamarca or the services of Tilcara, but abode houses, cobblestone streets, weaving shops, and one-off restaurants give the tone a pleasant feel nonetheless. In short, it made a nice afternoon trip but I was happy with our choice to base ourselves in Tilcara
After strolling around the plaza, a few side streets, and climbing up to see the local monument to the heroes of the wars of independence, we stopped for lunch. Lunch was notable in that I tried llama for the first time – tastes like beef, except a little leaner and a texture somewhere between a pork chop and a lamb shank – and washed it down with some coca tea (which helped ameliorate the naseau and light-headness from the altitude) .
After lunch, I felt surprisingly refreshed. We walked a little more – I huffed and puffed a lot more – and we made our way to an express bus back to Tilcara. An hour-an-half ride there took us forty-five minutes on the return.
As noted, Humahuaca is pleasant but there isn’t a whole lot to do there. It is, however, the gateway to Iruya (which we won’t get to). If you’re Spanish is passable – or just borderline – you can pretty easily figure the bus schedules between Tilcara and Humauca. Even during the off-season, buses ran regularly throughout the day.