I spent the first half of Semana Santa exploring Salta and its surrounds (Cafayate, Humahuaca, Purmamarca) with my parents. Tucked away in the northwest corner of Argentina, close to the border with Bolivia, it’s easy to see the similarities in the landscape – the same rolling red rock and clear, dry air. Driving along winding mountain roads, which cut through jagged rock formations under a bright blue sky, was invigorating – and that was certainly my lasting impression of the area – striking, many-coloured rock formations.
The Cerro de los Siete Colores (The Seven Coloured Hill), in Purmamarca, was the most remarkable – striped with oranges, purples and browns, the rock face bleeds with colour.
It was also interesting to see a different side of Argentina – this part of the country, closer to the Andes and Bolivia, has much more of an indigenous feel, which stands in stark contrast to the heavily European-influenced and Parisian-styled Buenos Aires.