ultramarinus – beyond the sea


Located in the middle of Quebrada de Humahuaca, Tilcara is a popular base for foreign and local visitors to explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed valley.  We specifically chose Tilcara as our base to visit Quebrada de Humahuaca because of its better selection of accommodation and the town’s less touristy atmosphere.  Instructed by Felipe, one of the owners of Antigua Guesthouse, we decided to go for a half-day hike near Tilcara.  The entire hike took us about 5 hours including return, taking us to a canyon and a waterfall at a site called Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat).  As we walked uphill to the trailhead, we could see the colourful hills at both sides of the valley.  The clouds were low, covering much of the distant mountains in shade.
The walk uphill to the entrance of Garganta del Diablo was pleasant, but could get quite windy at times.  It was quite a popular hike as we shared the route with dozens or so of Argentine tourists along the way.  Giant cacti dotted on layers of rocky slopes.  There were some similarities to the landscape of Tupiza in Bolivia, only we could see more greenery here than in Tupiza.  At Garganta del Diablo, we paid the entrance fee before descending down to the canyon.  At the bottom of the canyon, we followed the stream for about 20 minutes until we arrived at the waterfall, where local visitors enjoyed a dip in the water or a sandwich lunch.  Some kind locals offered us two cups of Argentine wine while we all took a good rest before the return journey.

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Previous Destination: Southwest Circuit, Bolivia, reading from post Day 36.2

Read other posts on Northwest Argentina in 2013 South America:

Day 43.1 – Garganta del Diablo, Tilcara
Day 43.2 – Pucara, Tilcara
Day 44.1 – Hills of Seven Colours, Purmamarca
Day 44.2 – Cemetery, Purmamarca
Day 45.1 – Antigua Gusthouse, Tilcara
Day 45.2 – Museums and Plaza, Salta
Day 46.1 – Carpe Diem, Salta
Day 46.2 – Helados Miranda, Cafayate
Day 46.3 – Bodega el Porvenir, Cafayate
Day 47.1 – Bodega Domingo Molina, Cafayate
Day 47.2 – Quebrada Las Conchas, Cafayate
Day 48.1 – Museo de Vino, Cafayate
Day 48.2 – El Hornito, Cafayate
Day 48.3 – Goodbye Northern Argentina, Salta

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought

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