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Salta and La Quebrada de Humahuaca

Posted on | December 22, 2010 | 3 Comments


This week I’m trying something new. I’m doing photo-blog posts on our time in Argentina. Today is Week 6: Salta and La Quebrada de Humahuaca. I hope you enjoy!


This “Christmas Tree” outside the cathedral on Salta’s main square reminded us that the holidays were fast approaching. The very strange thing about entended travel is that even though you may have days which are dictated by bus, train or flight schedules, on most days, you lose track of time. At least once a day every day some one of us asks “What day is it?”. It’s quite strange.


While in the Salta area we took the opportunity to fit in a little more horse-riding – this time with bona fide gauchos as guides. It was a blast, although, since we stayed overnight at the farm, our host family was a much bigger hit with our boys than horses or lessons in lassoing.


Ever since I’d read about the Quebrada de Humahuaca while researching Argentina, I was determined to visit this remote area in Northwest Argentina. We based ourselves in Tilcara – staying at the very excellent Malka Hostel – and explored this new and again entirely different part of the country.


We explored the Pukara, the only place where we saw the words “Inca occupation” used to describe the time when the Incan empire included a particular region, in this case the Quebrada. Humahuaca ranks as the prettiest of all the small towns and villages we have visited in South America.


But the Hill of Seven Colors behind Pumamarca was for me the best example of the stunning scenery in this area.


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3 Responses to “Salta and La Quebrada de Humahuaca”

  1. Leigh
    December 23rd, 2010 @ 3:32 am

    Hey Michelle,

    I also get all confused with this warm Christmas thing. I keep thinking it’s July.

    Looks like you had fun in Salta. I’m glad. I may not be from here originally, but it’s my home now and I love it here.

    Also, which estancia did you visit for horseback riding?

  2. GBK Gwyneth
    December 23rd, 2010 @ 4:22 am

    I just love the colors in those hills!!!

  3. Sonja
    January 7th, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    I know that feeling, and love it! (Losing track of time.) I love to travel. Never been to So. America, though.

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