Northwest Argentina …continued. Heading north out of Salta for a brief stay in Tilcara. Then on to the nice adobe town of Humahuaca – despite being overlooked by a huge kitschy sculpture. Another day was spent trekking the back roads in search of a lost pre-Columbian archaeology site, while stalked by feral cacti. It remains lost, though we evaded the prickly situation. Northwards again until the bus made a right off the main drag (screech!) onto an unsealed road. We rattled up, over and down, down to the end of the line, Iruya. A peaceful town nestled in a spectacular sheer valley. The musical accompaniment is Aguaplano by Paolo Conte and Taki Rock from “La Meilleure Sélection Des Andes”.
Originally published elsewhere on 5 January 2009.