spent the night in Humahuaca at an adequate place. For
dinner, we walked into town and chose a local eatery. The
food was abysmal; I had a llama burger, which should have been
fine. But, the meat was cooked beyond belief so what I got
was a brake pad. It was served with a quinoa slurry with
some kind of goat cheese. I ate what I could handle and we
walked back to the hotel. Kathleen had an idea that we
could go to San Antonio de los Corbres the next day. I
agreed, but did not research what that actually meant; an act
that I would later regret. After breakfast, we headed
south toward Purmamarca.
The photos below are what we saw.
we hit the road, we decided to hike up the hill to the local
monument to the local indian tribes. The morning sun
allowed a better view than the previous evening.
It was a
huge bronze statue and nicely done.
hilltop that hosted the monument we had a good view of
Humahauca. The clouds from the previous night's rain never
really cleared and remained at relatively low altitude.
top of the hill, we had a view of some cardones illuminated by
the morning sunlight. These are cruel cactus with dense
Humahauca we headed south through the Quebrada de
Humahuaca. The red sandstone cliffs were nicely
illuminated in the morning sun.
faults of the quebrada exposed multi-colored strata.
to stay in Humahuaca specifically so we would have the morning
sun on the cliffs. The views were magnificent.
Somewhere along this path, we crossed the tropic of Capricorn.
cliff line went on for miles and miles.
red cliffs were intermixed with tan and pink strata.
lower strata exposed in the quebrada were mudstone which eroded
into complex curtain-like shapes. Note the village at the
base of the cliffs, likely not a good place to be during a hard
opposite side of the canyon, the uplifting had created huge
to a particularly complex area in the fault zone. There
were grey, red, pink and white layers exposed with at least 4
separate orientations to the bedding.
initial destination was Purmamarca. We found a place to
park and hit the streets to see what was there. Purmamarca
is a tourist town that owes it fame to being at the base of some
particularly colorful cliffs in the quebrada. The narrow
cobblestone streets provided a method for the plentiful tourists
to get around the area.
surrounding strata was very colorful and provided the perfect
backdrop to the quaint pueblo.
decided to shop for an alpaca sweater. I stood in the town
plaza and spotted this bird in the trees looking for a hand-out.
past the bus station we got a nice view of the layered cliffs.
a man after my own heart. He has this MB 1114 bus
conversion and has targeted going from Argentina to
Alaska. Rather a long trip, but we have seen others with
the same aspirations using the same equipment in Costa
Rica. He is camped along the main drag in Purmamarca as
evidenced by the leveling blocks under the front wheels.
decided, based on some information she had gotten online, that
we should take the "highway" to San Antonio de las Cobres.
We headed out of Purmamarca and got some nice views of the
distant cliffs of the quebrada. Note the exposed red
formations in the center of the photo above.
followed the large arroyo that passed by town. In the
distance we could see huge mud curtains in the cliffs.
followed the highway into the mountains and passed brightly
colored outcroppings of intermixed colors.
other side of the arroyo the mud cliffs became huge.
up the canyon we came upon huge landslides that had broken loose
from the mountain. The slides exposed the colorful strata
the top of the pass we came upon a group of llama grazing at the
side of the highway. Notice the thick coats on these
animals: it gets very cold high up in the Andes. Also note
the very sparse grass.
top of El Morado pass we got a great view of distant
Morado pass peaks out at 4170 meters above sea level. This
is over 13,000 feet at 13,681 feet. The road was
steep and narrow and I am sure that it is a nightmare during the
winters. The area around the pass is well above tree line
so only scrub brush was to be found by the grazing llamas.
high peak visible from the pass.
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