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Published: August 5th 2007
The smooth asphalt of the Ruta 52 brought us to Purmamarca and its colourful hills. The scenery was truly gorgeous at every turn and we soon ran out of superlatives in our diaries!
Just outside town we stopped to take a photo of some purple and yellow hills. There we met an American couple who had read THIS blog! Small world eh!!!
Once we got to Purmamarca we were surprised at how busy it was. All of the hostels seemed to be either full or way too expensive for us. The Tourist Information Centre showed us a house on the map and told us to go there and as for Fernando who apparently had a room. When we got there it was a lovely little room, but there was NO heating. The temperatures during the day were fine but at night it was still bitter cold. Although we seemed to have come down from altitude we were, in fact, still way above 2000m (6000ft). Still, the room was fine and we took it for the night.
Fernando's place was ideally located for viewing the colourful hills. We did an hour or so of walking around the "Paseo de
Cerro de Siete Colores
Shame about the major road and street lighting spoiling the view!
los Colorades" which took us into a psychadelic technicoloured landscape. It was a fairly easy walk with beautiful views.
The town itself was tiny. The plaza is bustling during the day with a lively (and colourful) market. The nearby church is quaint and there's even a "historical tree" marked on the map. Apparently it is over 1000 years old, but when you get there it is anonymous as there isn't even an informative plaque to point it out!
After a cold but comfortable night it was time to head off. We first drove around the paseo which we walked the previous day. I went a bit off road, possibly not the wisest thing to do in a Fiat Uno, but we were fine and got some great vistas for our efforts. We paused briefly at the viewpoint on the main road and took photos with the myriad tourists gathered there for their first view of the multicoloured rock face. Then we headed up Ruta 9 to our next destination, Tilcara.
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