Dinner was not only great, but it was a genuine moment of familiarity, between us, the other guests and Tony’s family. As I said, these kind of moments are difficult to get in most of hostels. That’s where we’ve meet Brice, that unfortunately was heading south in a different direction (by the way, you can visit his blog here: 10 mois en Amérique du Sud). And our new Argentinean friends Sofia and Anahí.
We have learned a lot about the indigenous people (pueblos originarios) and its history, about the local climate and the valley culture and economy. As we drove through, the number of cactus seemed to be increasing until we have reached a gigantic one. “El Abuelito” (the “Grandpa”) was over 10m high and had multiple “arms”, which is an indication of years. “El Abuelito” is over a thousand years old!
We also took a peek to the Pachamama Museum. Pachamama is the mother earth or the fertility goddess, veneered by the American indigenous of the Andes and still strongly present in the culture of the region. It may feel odd to speak about such different believes on the same paragraph, but we’ve just started to realized that many people nowadays embraced both new religions, such as Christianity, and old beliefs, such as the cult to the Pachamama.
From the ruins only 10% has been excavated. Looking it from above, your imagination let you know how great and impressive this ancient city was. It is also sad to think how abrupt its and his people ended.
The rock formations and its colours were astonishing specially on the sunset golden light. It made a perfect ending for this tour.