13.11.2014 - 13.11.2014
I travelled on a overnight bus and under thunder and lightning which was quite impressive over the Andes. In the bus I meet 2 young Canadian girls who are staying in the same hostel as me.
As it is still raining on our first day, we visit a museum where we see an Inca child which was mummified and buried in the mountain.
The Inca had rituals and ceremonies aimed at merging a sacred place with ancient times and the best and most important possessions were offered with the hope of being equally rewarded by the gods. These were not just pottery and jewels but human offerings too. They offered and mummified their best looking children and buried them in the mountains. In 1999, 3 children were excavated, a 15 year old girl, a 9 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. They are all still preserved in special conditions in the museum and rotated for public viewing. I saw the 6 year old girl. She has hair, eyelashes, skin and everything. We were not allowed to take pictures in the museum so try google.
if that does not work, google Lllullaillaco children
I wanted to book a tour for the next day to see the mountain of 7 colours which is in Purmamarca in the north but I was told by one agency that the tour of that day had returned because of some demonstrators who closed the road in protest of something or rather (the Argentinians demonstrate a lot). I therefore made a lot of enquiries from the agent I had chosen, also making sure they had an English speaking guide. He made some phone calls and assured me that it was still going ahead. I booked my trip and went on in town with the 2 girls to visit places and eat.
When we got back to the hostel just before 11pm, the guy from the agency (with wife and kid in the car) was waiting for me (he had been waiting almost 2 hrs) to say that he was very sorry but he had heard back and the barricades where still there for tomorrow so the tour was cancelled. He offered me another tour but as there were not any I wanted to do he give me my money back without problem. I was said about the tour but amazed by his action. Not only that, as he knew it was my last day in Argentina, he insisted I went on another tour free of charge! So as I did not want to hurt his feelings after what he had done, I went to see some more coloured mountains in Cayafate and also visited a winery. I bought a bottle of wine which I delivered to him at his office on my return as I was so amazed at his action and kindness.
So here are some pictures of more coloured mountains (it is becoming a little like the Asian temples but the scenery and landscapes of the Andes are truly breathtaking)
So this is now the end for Argentina. Tomorrow I take the bus back to northern Chile to San Pedro de Acatama which is on the Bolivia border.