Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --- Mark Twain

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Museo Pachamama

The journey: Museo Pachamama – San Miguel de Tucum├ín – El Cadillal (206 km).

From Wikipedia : Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. She is also known as the earth/time mother.

In Inca mythology, Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains, and causes earthquakes. She is also an ever-present and independent deity who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life on this earth. Her shrines are hallowed rocks, or the boles of legendary trees, and her artists envision her as an adult female bearing harvests of potatoes and coca leaves.

Pachamama is the wife of Pacha Kamaq and her children are Inti, the sun god, and Killa, the moon goddess. The four cosmological Quechua principles - Water, Earth, Sun, and Moon - claim Pachamama as their primordial origin, and priests sacrifice llamas, cuy (guinea pigs), and elaborate, miniature, burned garments to her. After the conquest by Spain, which forced conversion to Roman Catholicism, the figure of the Virgin Mary became united with that of the Pachamama for many of the indigenous people. In pre-Hispanic culture, Pachamama is often a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices. As Andes cultures form modern nations, Pachamama remains benevolent, giving,  and a local name for Mother Nature. Thus, many in South America believe that problems arise when people take too much from nature because they are taking too much from Pachamama.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Quilmes Ruins

Journey: Cafayate – Quilmes Ruins – Pachamama Museum (81 km)


Friday, February 27, 2015

Ruta 40, Salicas-Cafayate

Journey: Salicas – Belen – Hualfin - Santa Maria - Cafayate (350 km).

By the morning the frogs had disappeared and instead some geese were walking in the camping site.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Park National Talampaya

Journey: Ischigualasto – Talanpaya – Villa Union – Ruta 40 (Cuesta de Miranda) – Chilecito – Londres – Salicas (369 km)

Since the year of 2000 The Talampaya National Park has belonged to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

However, to drive here around by its own is not allowed. You just have to leave your car in the parking lot, and then use specifically applied car for tourists.

No queue whatsoever .And even no waiting for the beginning of the tour. I guess I got there exactly in time and inside the bus there were only couple of free seats.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Park National Ischigualasto

Journey: Chilecito – Patquia – Baldecitos – PN Ischigualasto (235 km).

In order to visit The Ischigualasto National Park it was necessary to drive about a few hundred kilometers southwards.