Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bel & Salta: Part 5 - Last day in the city

Last Day @ Salta

Cable car

Handcraft Market: expending the last coins

I finally found a mailbox and sent my traditional postcards!

Finally flying back home after a busy week: I had bronchitis + bronchospasms + I went to the hospital + I had wine-tasting tours + local food + local beer + lemonade + I visited cactus natural reserve + plenty of mountain villages + 7 colours hill + salt plains + I got plenty of ideas for forthcoming trips :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bel & Salta: Part 5 - Salinas & Purmamarca


Jungle area on the old curvy Road to Purmamarca

goats on the road...

The highest, the drier; the drier, the better I felt!

This is the roof of the restaurant where we would have lunch later...
We ordered lunch and headed to the Salt Plains for a few hours. Lunch would be ready by the time we got back...

The Seven Colours hill

The different color layers that characterize Cerro de los Siete Colores are the result of marine, lacustrine and fluvial sediments that started to form a deposit in the area around 600 million years ago.
Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca ravine), Argentina, is a 150 km. long Andean valley over two thousand meters above sea level, not far from the border with Bolivia.

The following picture shows the salt plains from the distance. Just look behind the mountains!

Salinas Grandes is a large salt sea area (212 km²) located on the border between the Argentine provinces of Salta and Jujuy.

3.450 mts above sea level

3.450 mts above sea level are not enough! I want to be closer to the sky!
More curvy roads!!!

After lunch, we headed to Purmamarca, Jujuy

Purmamarca is 2.324 mts above sea level, at the base of Cerro the los Siete Colores.

Walking around Purmamarca, Jujuy, I bought tons of souvenirs for everyone!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Un paseo por las Nubes

Salta, Argentina

Bel & Salta: Part 4 Cardons & Cachi

DAY 4 - Excursion to Cachi
This is the First day I woke up feeling (almost) healthy.

And I`m taking more pictures!

We are so high there are clouds around us!Piedra del Molino: 3348 mts above sea level

All the buses make the same stop in the same place at the same time...

The cardones are column-like cactus plant that exists in areas 3400 m a s l in altitude, and are the symbolic species of this National Park,
located in the central western part of the Salta Province, between the designated Calchaquíes Valleys, occupying a surface of more than 130,000 acres.

I look healthier!
Yeah!!! I´m walking and I´m not moaning!

We finally got to Cachi...
2.280 mts above sea level

This time the restaurant was nice, quiet and I asked to eat outdoors... It was a beautiful clean day, sunny, perfect to get over my bronchitis :)

I ordered a quinoa salad, that was just great and ended up being probably one of my favourite pictures of the trip so far :)

Then I walked a little bit around the town main areas...

I kept walking and walking and walking... and taking pictures!

We are sooo close to the clouds that you can almost touch them...
You can see all the curves of the road behind me...

2.280 mts above sea level/ sobre el nivel del mar
A cemetery...I´m wondering if they got faster to heaven...

Last picture of the day!


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