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Friday, May 6, 2011

Quebrada de Hurmamarca

The bus from San Pedro de Atacama leaves me at Purmamarca, the first village of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. The bus journey has been spectacular crossing the Andes through points higher than 5000m, crossing the Salar Grande and going down through a snake road. Next to me seats Julie (South Africa) and we talk and talk.

Purmamarca is a small village with adobe houses just at the bottom of the Cerro de los Siete Colores.
I have to meet here with Anna where the buses stop. She is coming from Salvador de Jujuy.

We stay in a dorm of one camping, and we go to eat a pizza.
Walking along the village we see a bar with live musical, traditional music from the area. We drink a beer listening the local trio.





Next morning we go to have breakfast at the lookout of the Cerro de los Siete Colores, and then coffee at the village.
We move a little to Tilcara, a village a bit bigger.
We leave our staff at the first hostel we find and after buy some food for lunch we start to walk to the Gargantas and waterfall del Diablo. About 4 hours walking, so we need a good dinner.
Churrasco of Lama at La Peña de Carlitos from the village. There is live music and very good atmosphere.

When we wake up, we take the bus to Humahuarca with the idea in our head to go from there to Iruya but when we get to Humahuarca we decide to keep going to La Quiaca and go to Yavi to sleep because to go to Iruya are 4 hours one way!

I was lucky to not take the bus to Iruya because on the bus we took from Tilcara I forgot a bag with food and books that I was able to have it again with me.
Waiting for the bus to La Quiaca we meet Tristan (Nantes, France) and he joins us to go to Yavi with us.
At Yavi we arrive after change buses at La Quiaca. The village is very small, with all the houses of adobe and has a really nice church next to a big house that use to be the house of the owner of all the area.

We stay at Posada la Casona, a really cheap and special place to sleep and eat.

Once we have leave the luggage and walk the village, we go up a level and we walk to look after a prehistorical paintings on a rock next to the river and after find them to a waterfall.
The track is a little abstract and with the river we have to cross sit very often, and the high is important, 2600m and makes us more tired and wandering the pasta that the hostel has prepare for us. We eat next to the fire with a little bit of wine.

Next morning we have breakfast and then after walk around the village we go to La Quiaca to cross the border to Bolivia.

Some photos (or fotos.elviatgedelsergi.com )

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