Part 16: Salta to Humahauca, Argentina


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The Trip

We had a great stay at House de Jasmine; it is a very nice place with great food.  Next morning, our plan was to head toward Jujuy and then, depending on timing, continue on to Humahuaca.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

This nice tile work was at House de Jasmine.

We headed north from Salta and spotted this older MB 508D that has been converted into a camper of some type.  This truck has seen its better days.

On the road to Jujuy we passed this stone dam.

We drove to the top of the dam and could see the beautiful valley below.

Near the dam, we spotted some interesting flowers in bloom.

These flowers were light purple and had hairs on the stems.

Using our GPS we found a reasonable parrilla in Jujuy.  They had good food.

Kathleen water "agua con gas" and they brought this interesting dispenser to the table.

Traversing Jujuy Kathleen spotted this interesting painting on a tall building.

Our path north took us through several quebradas, the first was Quebrada Chanarcito.  Rather tame compared to the Quebrada del Conchas.

The quebrada did start to develop some character a bit further north.  The low clouds were hiding the upper peaks of the mountain.

Further into the canyon there were mud cliffs with curtains.

Still further north, we passed into the Quebrada Humahuaca.

There were nice colored outcrops of rock.

To the west was a long ridge of mud curtains.

Closer to Humahuaca we spotted exposed flatirons that were brightly colored.

Kathleen used to find a place in Humahuaca.  Humahuaca is a small village of perhaps 6,000 folks and is built into a hillside.  The streets are cobblestone, but the buildings look similar to most of the ones that we have seen so far on this trip -- plenty of exposed rebar and unfinished block work.

Our hotel was pretty nice and met our needs.

Humahuaca is at about 10,000 feet so hiking up the hills was a challenge.  Some of the streets were quite steep.

A view of Humahuaca from the window of our hotel.  There were plenty of adobe structures.

Next to our hotel, we passed this dog on guard duty on the top of his wall.

Most buildings in this area of the world have private water tanks on the roof to provide consistent water pressure.  This tank was hidden in the brickwork.  I did not notice until I looked at the photo on a bigger screen that the tank is not centered on the pillar.  But, there was nice ironwork surrounding the roof.

The streets in Humahuaca are quite narrow and if a car is parked, then it is narrower still.

There was a monument on the hill with nice stone stairs leading to the top.

At the top of a second set of stairs was this monument to the valor of the indians in resisting the Spanish invasion.

Below the monument was a square where the locals were selling local craft items.  Some were quite nice, with native patterns.  Others left me scratching my head -- like the scarf on the left with the elephants (which are not native to this hemisphere).

A number of the buildings had nice paintings.

The church was close to the plaza.

This fellow passed us several times in a very odd, small car.  It was totally packed with his stuff, wife and dog.

Narrow cobblestone streets.

More nice wall paintings.

This artist was very accomplished.

This painting was outside a hostel.

This is painting is a protest against the mistreatment of the indigenous people.

An Andino couple waiting at the bus station.

Humahuaca is an interesting little town, but a bit dirty for my personal tastes.  Packs of feral dogs were roaming about.  It would be nicer if folks would not throw garbage or the municipality had a crew to police up the garbage that is already there.  When we came into town, we past the evening formation for the local police.  There were perhaps 30 of them, but the town only has a population of 6,000.  The police are either there to keep the locals in line or keep the tourists in line.  I am guessing the former, but I did not ask around.  Given the protest painting, it seems a good guess.

Tomorrow, we head into the mountains again for more awesome views.

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