Between colored hills
Trip Start Dec 30, 2004
18Trip End Jan 23, 2005
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We searched for hostels, but we met a guy who was building his own boutique hotel. His name was Sito, and he told us to stay in his almost ready hotel, in new and comfortable beds for a small amount.
So we told the guys and we left our backpacks on Mr. Sito’s hotel.
As we all wanted to do different things we set a time and place for meeting: the ancient ombú (a millenary tree in Purmamarca).
I decided to spend all the rest of the day in that city so I had a sandwich in the main square of Tilcara, and then walked to the route (number 9) and hitch-hiked. I had to wait for about 20 minutes, but some girls from Tucuman brought me in their car to Purmamarca.
Charming! It was much quieter than the day before, as there was no party that day. I could have a better view of the town, and its Hill of Seven Colors and got amazed at the beauty of the town and even more at the beauty of the surrounding hills.
The famous Hill of Seven Colors has its name because of the many colors given by different minerals (red, green, white, purple) due to a complex geological history.
I had a walk around its handicraft market, in the main square. It’s very interesting. They sell wool-made clothing, like sweaters, gloves and of course chullos (Andean hats with earflaps). There can also be found Andean musical instruments and cactus-made handicrafts. I visited the church too. It's small, simple and rustic, but very interesting, as every church in Quebrada de Humahuaca region. Its roof, furniture and the details are made of cardón wood.
When I met the guys again in front of the ombú, I went with them to the Colorados trail. It’s a beautiful walk behind the Hill of Seven Colors between 2 red hills. You can climb the red back of the hill, it’s not difficult, or you can keep on walking surrounding it, and ending in its purple part.
Some of the guys bought some handicrafts in the market while the other ate some local sweets with mate, and when it was getting dark, we went back to Tilcara.