Our visit to the Iguazu Waterfall was amazing! Read about it!
If you want to know more about our hike in Taffi go here.
We had an amazing day visiting Quilmes and the Quebrada de Cafayate.
One of our greatest adventure was hiking and climbing in Rio Colorado. Check it here!
The Quebrada de Humahuaca has amazing colors!
In Iruya, we went back in time: check it how.
For our view of Buenos Aires, go here!
Read our impressions on Resistencia here.
Oh Tucuman was great! Read why here.
Relaxing was much needed after all the exercise we did! Proof of it is here.
Sofia had advised us to go to Iruya after Humahuaca, a very isolated village at 2780m above sea level, with only 1000 inhabitants and a very scenic location - it is set against a mountain!
It took us 3 hours to get there by bus through mountain roads, which were sometimes unpaved and always near a edge - it was a fun and bumpy ride!
We felt like going back in time in Iruya: it is such an isolated village, away from any modern activity (no network sign and rarely internet available), animals roaming around, everyone knew each other and there wasn't much to do except to be on the street chatting, playing football or combing each others hair. Some kids went around us yelling "los turistas, los turistas!" (the tourists).
While walking around appreciating the isolation, we found out there would be a contest for the longest hair later in the afternoon ! (El pelo mais largo) Moved by curiosity, we went there - only to find that this had been organized by a couple from Buenos Aires, she was a photographer and wanted to capture life in this isolated village!
To me it seemed like manipulation, as I am not sure if such a contest would happen spontaneously, considering the giggling of the girls participating in the contest...
The first prize was around 50 € and it was very strange to see the girls all lined up showing their hair, standing still for 15 minutes while the photographer was taking 10000 pictures and the rest of the people circled around them waiting for the winner announcement.
Weird things happen when you are isolated!
Another interesting aspect about our visit was that it was the 1st of November - Dia de los Muertos or All Saints Day - when we went there. This is why our bus was full of locals going to the cemetery to pay respect to their deceased ones.
While in Iruya, we learned that there is a tradition in the north of Argentina for Dia de los Muertos where each family cooks bread in different shapes and prepares a very full table with the specially shaped bread, sweets, flowers and candles (Mesa de oferendas/Offerings table). The table is set for the deceased ones, which are said to visit the living world on this day. On the next day - 2nd November-, after visiting the cemetery and leaving very colourful flowers there, the entire community goes from one house to the other to taste their offerings and on each visit the deceased one is remembered. We found this tradition very endearing.
We didn't get a chance to try the offerings as we left on that day to Humahuaca and then further to La Quiaca, the border town to Bolivia!
We left Argentina with sadness in our hearts but happy to have met new friends, meet the old ones and let ourselves be awed by this amazing country. There is much more to be seen, so a next visit to Argentina is in plan!!
Next stop - BOLIVIA!
It was the last days of October, and as we sadly said goodbye to Anahi and Sofia, we continued our way in the direction of Bolivia and moved to Salta!
Salta is usually referred to as "Salta la Linda" (Salta the beautiful), we found it a very "spanish" city, very white and with interesting colonial architecture as you can see in the pictures below.
We visited the MAAM museum (Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana), where the top attraction is 3 children mummified who were left as a Inca human sacrifice at the top of the Llullaillaco vulcano, at 6730m above sea level! Only one child is displayed at a time for conservation purposes, the child displayed is changed every 6 months.
They were found in ice in 1999 and had been therefore kept in excellent conditions! The hair, the clothing, the facial expression (pain ? suffering ?) was so well kept that it was very moving and at the same time sad to admire and to think about the Inca culture which is so different from ours. We advise you to visit it if you are ever around Salta.
It was the 31st October as we left Salta, the night of Hallowe'en hovering over us! As we didn't care much about this american tradition, we continued moving north and moved to a little village also in the Jujuy province - Humahuaca! Humahuaca is set in a very deserted area and is highly tourist-directed, everywhere you see hostels and restaurants and handcrafts stores.
After quickly exploring the center we took a 4x4 tour to the Quebrada de Humahuaca (narrow mountain valley). This is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see in the area!
We drove up to 4000 meters above sea level and as we explored the area, we could feel the oxygen missing in the air, it was very hard to climb even the smallest hill! However the silence up there was perfect.
We explored the area in awe, silently absorbing how beautiful the area was, how little we are and how amazing nature can be. It is in these moments that I feel very lucky to be doing our RTW trip and allowing myself to be surprised by the world.
There is so much to see that we forget sometimes, while rounded up in the wheels of everyday life.
Please enjoy the next pictures in silence and imagine the crisp cold air around you and nothing else.
This is the story of a couple who fell in love and traveled together around the world for 10 months.
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