The fourth, and final day of our road trip was probably the shortest, and least exciting. We crossed the mountains from Cachi to Salta, spending the most time along a super straight section of road called the Recta de Tin-Tin, constructed on top of an ancient pre-Incan road. The hundred year-old cactus and surrounding flat landscape had us thinking about Wilie E Coyote and Roadrunner.
The third day of our road trip took us from Cafayate, up Ruta 40 to Cachi. We passed through the beautiful Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrows Gorge), and had harsh blue skies above for most of the day. The driving was harder, as most of this section is gravel road.
One of the highlights on day three was our detour to Bodega Colomé, about 20 km outside of Molinos. I became really interested in the artist James Turrell before this trip, and happened to see that here in Salta province there is a museum dedicated solely to his work. It’s the only museum like this in the world – usually his installations are temporarily placed in museums, or built into buildings. And it’s surprising because this is a pretty difficult place to get to.
Unfortunately, we weren’t permitted to take cameras into the spaces. I’m not even sure how I would have photographed most of them. James Turrell is a light artist, and his works play with perception and color. One of the exhibits was a massive, blue-lit box of a room, where it wasn’t apparent how the room ended. Was it a wall? A trick of the lights? There was nothing to focus on but this solid field of color. A surreal experience.
Day two (and probably the highlight – we just finished up the road trip) took us south of Salta, back down through the Quebrada de las Conchas, ending in Cafayate. We did this same route in reverse when we left Cafayate, but being in our own vehicle, and stopping whenever we felt like it, completely transformed the drive.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We rented a car yesterday with an Australian couple that we met in Salta. Our goal was to tour areas of the Salta and Jujuy provinces here in northern Argentina over four days. Day one consisted of visiting the Quebrada de Humahauca and the Salinas Grandes in Jujuy Province, located north of the city of Salta.