Purmamarca, Jujuy. Just short of the top of the world!


The Andes around Purmamarca are an endless parade of colors and cloud formations covered in shards of slate and giant cactus. A disadvantage of traveling alone when driving at 10,000 feet is feeling like I had just inhaled two martinis! I could see the pass 3,000 feet above leading to the salt flats, my ultimate goal, but this spot was to be the furthest northwest I would reach in Jujuy, Argentina, the province of my birth.

The sunset was spectacular and scrambling up this ridge to capture the scene required some drunken but careful negotiation of loose rocks and imagined? reptile friends. This was a big one off the bucket list.