This is where it starts getting interesting!!
13.05.2012 - 12.06.2012 19 °C
We arrive in Purmamarca at dusk... and it so different to what i have seen before. It really feels we have landed in a different country altogether.
Dusty roads, surrounded by mountains, and the locals are looking more native than ever! My first thought was to get the next bus out of here and head to the next city. Thankfully Adam and Maureen had a more of a positive outlook and assured me that this was all fine and where our real adventure will begin. Im sure it was a mixture of knowing we werent organised as before, as in; no hostel booked, it was getting dark and this was definitely out of my comfort zone! This was what is was all about though, travelling and expereincing different ways of life and culture!
We eventually found a hostel which was run by a resturant owner, very sweet little place and the 3 of us managed to get a room to share with 2 french girls.
The town itself was gorgeous by night, locals selling the commonly worn garments, in beautiful colours, ranging from, purses, to jumpers; made of alpaca wool, to blankets. The roads were sandy and dusty and at night it was freezing. We found a gem of a resturant up one of the tiny narrow streets. We were the only diners in there at first, and this is where i tried my first bit of lama meat. It was stir fired so didnt live up to its true taste, but still good, and a bottle of wine worked out to be no more than 3 pounds, and it was gooooood red wine! And we pulled more diners in... Who then saw us drinking at the hostel where we were staying, after dinner. They came in and we had another bottle of red wine, and enjoyed a few games of cards. 2 "maturer" couples from different cities of Argentina, who were on vacation. It felt so surreal to spend my evening with people that hardly spoke English, who were a considerably a bit older than I in a small, quiet place right next to a desert in Norethern Argentina! It was great!
The town of Purmamraca itself is famous for the "Cerro de los siete colores" which translates to "The hill of seven colours". As i said before the town is surrounded by mountains and one of these mountains has a variation of different colours flowing through the rocks, its stunning and can be seen whislt taking a used footpath for trekkers in and around the area of mountains (pics to follow). The weather was beautiful not so hot but still warm enough to be comfortable, but as we got highter up it began to get very windy.
We fell upon a tiny house from where the owner was selling hand made crafts. The house was gorgeous and so was the product. It was set in the valley of the mountains on a Lama farm, which Maureen got very excited about and had to have her photo taken!
Apart from the "Cerro de los siete colores" and the gorgeous little town, we decided there wasnt much here to stop us from heading onwards, and as I had a bit more of a schedule we decided to leave after 2 days. I am so happy I visited this gem of a place, and didnt get that next bus out after all!! From here we headed to San Pedro, Chile.....