Exploring Northern Argentina – Day 5 – Purmamarca, Jujuy

The final recap! EVER. Well until the next adventure at least. Quite appropriately this happens to be on of the best days. Not only was it my 23rd birthday but it was generally frigging awesome.

We spent two nights in Purmamarca, a windy little town with not a whole lot more than beautiful scenery, a load of hotels, a touristy market and access to the Salinas Grandes. Luckily we were staying in a beautiful hotel with incredible food. (The rest of the hotel was a bit…odd. It had a pool but there was little mention of it. And the gym was literally one weights machine…body weights circuit it was!).

La Comarca Pumamarca

So, birthday morning. A great breakfast involving yoghurt and coco pops – these still excite me no matter my age having never been allowed them as a kid. Then it was off on a little 3km walk around the mountain of seven colours that looks over the town. It was absolutely stunning, especially in the morning light. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

Purmamarca FootballYou know you’re in Latin America when you can always find a football pitch

Purmamarca CowsAnd you know you’re in Argentina when you find some random cows…


Purmamarca 1

Purmamarca 2

Purmamarca 3

After that we returned to the trusty Clio ready to drive over to the Salinas Grandes. Lonely Planet told us it was at 3350m so we assumed the car wouldn’t have any issues considering we were already pretty high.

WELL, there was a MOUNTAIN in the middle. Thanks for the warning LP… Nonetheless, we edged higher and higher, becoming increasingly aware of the petrol gauge moving ever more rapidly towards the red as the car struggled more and more. (Always get a 4×4 and a tonne of fuel people, there’s no gas station in Pumamarca!) But we made it to the top! Proof:

Salinas Grandes Mountain

ClioLittle old Clio at 4170m

Aaaaand then we kinda freewheeled all the way to the Salinas Grandes (salt flats) which were just wow:

Salinas Grandes RoadAll that white? Salt.

Salinas Grandes with DadPapa and me

I feel I should make special album for the photo outtakes from this trip… Graceful as ever:

Salinas Grandes

What a crazyass birthday! I felt incredibly blessed. All topped off with champagne and chocolate cake, what more do you need?


9 thoughts on “Exploring Northern Argentina – Day 5 – Purmamarca, Jujuy

  1. I LOVE THIS! Brings back some wonderful memories of that area 🙂 and it sounds like the most amazing birthday as well, glad your Dad was there to celebrate it with you, I wish I was! x x

  2. Happy belated birthday to you and thank you for sharing these pics with us! I’ve never been to Argentina…or really out of the country very much at all…and I would love to go on an adventure like this!

  3. I love reading recaps of adventures abroad, so fun! Especially when it involves champagne and chocolate cake in Argentina – sounds like the making of a great Birthday!

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