Argentina
Departamento de San Carlos

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  • Day71

    The Return Journey Begins

    December 9, 2017 in Argentina

    We were done with the waterfall trek by 5:30 pm. This was to be our last destination towards the South North Argentina. We had to return to San Pedro de Atacama in 1.5 days with about 680 kms. We still had about 3 hours of light left so we decided to start our return journey up North to avoid having to do too many kms on the last day. We had just one more stop left on our return journey, about 200 kms from here, so we decided to start in that direction and try and reach as close as possible to it by the end of the day.
    We had looked up a petrol pump about 50 kms before our final destination and decided to see if we could sleep there for the night.
    The road up North was a national highway RN40, but despite that it was a dirt track. It was extremely beautiful though and soon we started climbing up gradually.
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  • Day71

    Amazing Clay formations

    December 9, 2017 in Argentina

    We were under the impression that it would be a bleak landscape all the way back with no interesting formations or views but were very wrong. Just 2 hours into the drive, went were in a totally alien landscape. There were while clay formations typical of badlands topography and some had very interesting and beautiful structures. It was getting a bit dark so we couldn't get very good pictures of them but it was a huge surprise since none of the blogs or websites I had read before the trip mentioned anything about them. In fact, we liked these much more than the red clay formations we had seen earlier in the day.Read more

  • Day71

    Clay formations continue

    December 9, 2017 in Argentina

    It was not a small stretch of these white clay formations but we were driving for more than 20 minutes and our road continued passing by and through them. It reminded me of the Chambal valley in India where dacoits used to live till a few years ago.

  • Day71

    Las Flechas

    December 9, 2017 in Argentina

    Around 8 pm, we reached the area called Las Flechas. It is a beautiful landscape that has formations in the shape of fins. The land here is formed 20-30 million years ago when the land block was raised and then got quickly eroded bu rain and wind into pointed fin like structures. This place reminded us of the Sillar formations near Tupiza in Bolivia. It was a truly breathtaking landscape.Read more

  • Day71

    Sunset at Las Flechas

    December 9, 2017 in Argentina

    There was a viewpoint of the Las Flechas on the way. We stopped there and climbed on one of the fins to get a panoramic view of the fin formations and the valley behind. The instructions near the viewpoint entrance suggested not having more than 5 people at a time due to the fragile nature of the natural formation we were on.
    It was about 8:05 pm by now and the sun was setting so we stayed on for a while longer to see the sunset before proceeding further.
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  • Day71

    To Angastaco

    December 9, 2017 in Argentina

    From here, to Angastaco village, the distance was about 25 kms. This was the village where there was a petrol pump where we hoped to find the services facilities and to refuel as well. The landscape continued to be the same all the way to quite near the village. Jist about 5 kms before Angastaco, we saw the 1st green valley and fields.Read more

  • Day71

    Camping at Angastaco

    December 9, 2017 in Argentina

    We reached Angastaco village by around 8:40 pm. It was quite dark by now. The petrol pump was at the start of the village and it turned out to be a small one. We refueled a bit here. There was an open space next to the petrol pump and when we asked there if we could park our can and camp tgere, they didn't have a problem with it. Tgey would also let us use the toilet during working hours but they didn't have a shower. We decided to drive on into the village for food and then come back here for the night.
    There we found a restaurant right on the main square next to the church. While waiting for the meal, Hristo who was looking up Maps.me, found a municipality camping place just a 100 mts away. He went to check and was back in about 10 min. The camping was there alright and they had toilets and showers and everything included would be 25 ARS per person. The only issue was, there was a concert stage inside tge camp and a concert was going on there. We decided to check it after dinner.
    When we went to the camp after dinner, there was no one at the entrance. We drove in and parked. The concert was going on and there was a lot of loud music. We drove around the toilet building to reduce the noise and parked there. There were sinks there behind the building but the toilets and showers were locked. A storm had been coming in and there had been a lot of thunder and lightning and some rain had started falling. We decided to sleep here for the night. The earplugs worked very well and we slept good.
    In the morning, we woke up early and freshened up at the toilets near the concert hall. There was still no one at the entrance so we drove off. Even the village was asleep at 8 am, so even the restaurant was closed. We decided not to wait at the village and to drive off and have our breakfast somewhere on the way.
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