04.02.2013 - 05.02.2013
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Today we headed off at 8.30 to possibly the biggest attraction in Tilcara which is the nearby Pucara de Tilcara, they are partially reconstructed ruins of a pre-Inca civilisation located a few kilometres away on a hill with an impressive view of the valley and the Río Grande. We were a bit disappointed having seen all of the Incan ruins in Peru but they were right about the view.
We then headed to a little town called Humahuaca. Humahuaca is located north of Tilcara and Purmamarca, in the colourful valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca. There is a colourful hill called the Womans Skirt.
It is located along the banks of the Rio Grande at 3,000 meters above sea level. In the centre of the village there is an adobe belfry which can be seen from the central plaza with a clock that chimes at 12 pm, after which a small door opens and a figure of Saint Francisco Solano comes out and makes the sign of the cross.
The centre of the town is an attractively whitewashed Spanish colonial area and the central plaza is also bordered by a lovely small Iglesia de la Candalaria y San Antonio. The altarpiece dates to the late 17th century. Despite its small size, the church is a cathedral.
We had a wander around this lovely little town and also visited the Monumento de la Independencia that you reach climbing a long flight of steps. The town was a central place for the revolutionary activity that eventually led to the creation of modern Argentina.
We then headed back to Salta. We took the jungle road back to town. This was a very narrow road and had 516 turns over 60km. It was lovely and green and much cooler. We stopped to listen to the birds and cicadas.
We arrived back in Salta late afternoon.
Well we haven’t had time to stop really and we are on the road again. We set our alarm for 4am. We had an early start this morning as we needed to get to the airport for our flight back to Buenos Aires and then on to Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Martin picked us up and took us to the airport where we farewelled him. He was an excellent guide and very friendly and informative. Our baggage was booked all the way through to Rio so that was one less thing to worry about. We had a 2 hour stop over so that wasn’t too bad. We arrived in Rio at 2.40. More stamps in the passport and another new country that can be ticked off the list. We lost an hour due to the time difference. We were quite excited flying into Rio however there was quite a lot of cloud so we did not see much. We made our way to the Porto Bay hotel which is right on the Copacabana Beach. We can see part of the beach from our 17th floor room.
We dropped our bags and went out for a walk to familiarise ourselves with the area. We had a walk along the beach. It was fairly quiet probably because it was quite overcast, however it was still nice and warm. Upon returning to the hotel we went up to the top floor of the hotel to look at the view. The beach was longer than I thought. Here are pictures of both sides of the beach.
They also had a bar up there so we both had a cocktail. It’s a hard life.
We only have tonight here and then we are heading away for 2 nights before we return for the Rio Carnivale.