San Pedro, Purmamarca, Salta and Cafayate
Trip Start Aug 23, 2012
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From San Pedro, we set off into Argentina to the beautiful little village of Purmamarca. Having no expectations or ideas of what Argentina would be like, we were blown away by the landscape - unfortunately, the few pics we did take do not do any justice to the beauty of this place – the different colours and formation of the rocks are absolutely stunning. Having only been in Argentina for about a week I can already say it is one of the most beautiful and diverse places we've ever seen.
From San Pedro we set off to Salta to stay at a campground with reportedly one of the world’s largest outdoor pools – which would have been fantastic if it had been full. Instead of finding another pool to hang out in, we decided to do a hike in the rainforest – which I can confirm is about a billion degrees with 2 billion % humidity. As per our usual poor decision making process - the ridiculous selling point that convinced us we should do the hike was the name of our guide – Nacho – how could this not be fun?! The hike was beautiful and we had a really cool moment which went something like this:
Daryn: (looking at some big bird flying overhead) is that a condor?
Nacho: no, it’s a (some kind of bird that was not a condor). I’ve never seen a condor on this walk. I really like the black and white ones…
30 seconds later: a black and white condor soared about 10 feet above us. Nacho is speechless and nearly in tears.
From Cafayate we set off for Cordoba stopping along the way for a bushcamp to celebrate Lars’ birthday, which as you can see from the pictures, was the standard ridiculous fancy-dress affair that only 26 strangers traveling in a truck across South America would consider a good idea.
Next stop – Cordoba. Hope everyone is well! Thanks – as always – for the kind comments – they (and beer, of course) are a real motivation to keep this blog going.