From City Lights to Starry Nights
After more than a month of living in Buenos Aires, I was ready for a break from city life. I’ve finally mastered using the subte (metro) and collectivos (buses) to navigate the city, but I’m still not used to the fact that it’s never completely quiet. I often hear the sounds of people protesting in the street while I’m in class and the distant sounds of honks and sirens while I’m trying to fall asleep. The night before I left to travel to the northern province of Juyjuy Argentina, I snapped a breathtaking picture of the sunset over the Buenos Aires skyline.
My friends and I took a two-hour flight and a combination of bus rides to visit the towns of Salta, Tilcara, Humahuaca and Purmamarca. The flight was a bit pricey, but the bus rides between towns were very affordable and the hostels we stayed in only cost 100 pesos per night (around $7).
It was unbelievably refreshing to escape the crowded streets of the city for the fresh air and starry nights that we enjoyed in this mountainous region. I felt small standing next to the looming cactuses that spotted the terrain, I monetarily forgot that modern civilization exists while I stood on the vast salt flats at the base of the Andes mountains, and hiking at a high altitude made me feel like I was back home in Colorado.
The cuisine of Argentina’s northwest region was notably different than that of Buenos Aires. We tired empanadas with a pumpkin filling, humitas, which are similar to tamales, and goat and llama locro (stew). Llama was surprisingly tasty but I regretted it a little when I saw a cute llama the next day. We were lucky to have nice weather for most of the trip, but we woke up to snow on our last morning. After four full days of outdoor activities in a scenery that looks like it belongs in a western movie, I was excited to resume my routine of life in Buenos Aires.