Argentina
Departamento de Tilcara

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  • Day35

    Tilcara

    February 11 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Die letzte Woche in Argentinien verbringen wir in der Provinz Jujuy ("Chuchui"). Wir befinden uns nun bereits auf 2400 müm und stimmen uns auf die Höhen der Anden ein.

    Tilcara ist ein ländliches Dorf mit einer grossen Dichte an indigener Bevölkerung. Von hier aus unternehmen wir einige Ausflüge.

    Wir wandern erneut zu einem "Teufelsrachen", welcher der Name aber nicht wirklich verdient hat. Wir glauben langsam die Argentinier benennen Sehenswürdigkeiten so um eine grössere Besucheranzahl anzuziehen. Der kleine Wasserfall beeindruckt uns nicht wirklich, der Weg bis dorthin hat sich aber gelohnt. Wir staunen ein weiteres Mal über die farbigen Gebirge um uns herum.

    Tilcara ist unter anderem bekannt für seine archäologischen Ausgrabungen Pucará. Es ist eine Fundstätte eines alten indianischen Wehrdorfes der Tilcara-Indianer, das ca. 1100 n.Chr. entstand und mit der Eroberung der Spanier sein Ende nahm. Damit sich der Besucher ein Bild davon machen kann, wie das Dorf in Wirklichkeit ausgesehen haben könnte, wurden die Gebäude rekonstruiert und im damaligen Sinne wieder aufgebaut. Das hat zur Folge, das der ursprüngliche Charakter etwas verschwindet und alles etwas zu perfekt aussehen lässt. Trotzdem ist es interessant zu sehen, wie die damaligen Familien in einem Raum gelebt und es bereits eine Müllentsorgungsstation gegeben hat.

    Obwohl wir in Bolivien unbedingt die grösste Salzwüste sehen wollen, machen wir einen Ausflug zur "Salinas Grandes" auf 3400müm. Der ca. 200 Hektar grosse Salzsee entstand vor 5-10 Mio. Jahren. Durch die Verdunstung des Wassers entsteht eine Salzkruste, welche für Speisesalz abgebaut wird.

    Zu guter Letzt nähern wir uns auch den Lamas. Das typische Haus- und Nutztier in den Anden, welches schon vor 4000 - 5000 Jahren domestiziert wurde. Zusammen mit Adela (liebevolle Tourleiterin), Palmiro (Lama Nr. 1) und Puca (Lama Nr. 2) wandern wir ca. zwei Stunden in die Pampa. Wir lassen uns von der Gelassenheit der Tiere anstecken. Gespuckt wurde nie - zu unserem Glück.
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  • Day739

    Jujuy, Argentina

    January 21 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    This area was so much more like Peru, from the look of the locals (darker skin and shorter), to the food (a lot of llama and potatoes), to the houses (made of mud and brick). It appeared to be much poorer and more indigenous. It definitely didn’t feel like other parts of Argentina. Perhaps being high up in the mountains at 8,000 feet elevation and close to the Bolivia border truly separates this place from the rest of the country.

    It was beautiful with colorful mountains and bright stars but I’m ready to be at lower altitude and eat vegetables again!
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  • Day63

    Trek to Miñique lake

    December 1, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    After the breakfast, we trekked a short distance to the Miñique lake. On the way, our guide showed us the round spicky cactus variety plant, imaginatively called mother-in-law's pillow. Our guide also pointed out to us the Chachacomba plant. The bright green small leaves smell like eucalyptus and are extremely good to inhale to prevent altitude sickness and also useful when trekking in high altitude, much like coca leaves.Read more

  • Day69

    Trek to the waterfall

    December 7, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    The track through the Garganta del Diablo looped back to the junction and then we started the trek to the waterfall. The path crisscrossed the Rio de la Quebrada de Casa Colorada many times. We had to cross the stream using the stones about 10-12 times. The trek took about 20 min as we continued going deeper into the canyon.Read more

  • Day63

    Altiplanic lagoons Miscanti & Miñique

    December 1, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    From Piedras Rojas, we drove to the other side of the mountains to the twin altiplanic lakes Miscanti and Miñique. The lakes are at 4200 mts with Miscanti being 5 mts higher than Miñique. There was an entry fee of 3000 CLP per person for the entry of the lakes. We stopped at Miscanti and had our breakfast there with beautiful views of the deep blue water in the Miscanti lake with the Miscanti and Miñique volcanoes in the background.

    The two lakes are a deep blue, backed by snow-capped volcanoes and surrounded by a large plain of yellow tussock grass that whips in the wind. This grass is one of the preferred foods of the vicuña, the shyest of the llama-like species in the area. We saw some near here. The protected lakes make for a great photo opportunity, but swimming is not allowed.

    The lakes are managed by an indigenous community located in Socaire, a town often visited for its handmade crafts and local historical church.
    The Altiplanic Lagoons are located 140 kms from San Pedro de Atacama, and it is generally very cold in this area due to the high altitude.
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  • Day68

    Paleta del Pintor, Maimara

    December 6, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Paleta del Pintor or Painter's Palette are beautiful multicolored jagged hills that are the eroded part of the mountains behind Maimara town. Here too, like in Purmamarca, we could see various colors in the different layers being repeated across the hills. At the viewpoint was a very funny statue od Jesus in almost a kung fu pose 😂😂Read more

  • Day68

    Cementerio Nuestra Senora del Carmen

    December 6, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Our next stop was at Cementerio Nuestra Senora del Carmen at Maimara only. It was 8 pm and getting quite dark. We stopped at the cemetery for about 5-10 min before proceeding to Tilcara.

    This cemetery is on the hillside above Maimara. It is neatly laid out with colourful artificial flowers, the picturesque tombs with the spectacular backdrop of the rock formations behind make this absolutely worth a stop.Read more

  • Day69

    Tilcara

    December 7, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    From Maimara, we drove straight to the petrol station at Tilcara. It was perfect for our camping. They had a restaurant serving sandwiches and tea/coffee. There were hot showers and toilets for usage at a cost of 20 ARS for showers and 5 ARS for the toilet. The parking was free amd the ground was of concrete so it was easy to walk around without getting muddy. The town was just across the bridge over the river Rio Grande de Jujuy. We walked over to the town after parking at the petrol pump to have our dinner.
    After dinner, we came back, used the services for showering and brushing and then slept in the van.
    Morning, we woke up at 8 am and freshened up, had our breakfast at the restaurant and then drove a little way back to the Tilcara Pucará. These are ruins of houses from pre-Inca people. Not much remains except broken walls and some that have been reconstructed. The entry fee was a steep 100 ARS per person so we decided to skip it and go to the nearby Garganta del Diablo (Throat of the Devil).
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  • Day69

    Route to Garganta del Diablo

    December 7, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ 🌧 3 °C

    Garganta del Diablo or Devil's Throat is an extremely narrow and deep canyon with Rio Huasamayo flowing through it. The route is a narrow dirt track climbing steeply behind Tilcara and is 6 kms from the town. After a km or so, we could see the green valley with the town below. It is a very scenic setting.Read more

  • Day69

    Garganta del Diablo

    December 7, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ 🌬 32 °C

    It was quite hot and sunny when we reached Garganta del Diablo at about 11:15 am. The first part of the trek was steep downward climb for about 10 min. Till we reached a junction where the Garganta del Diablo was on the right and the trek to the waterfall was on the left.

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