Buchanan-Chile and Argentina 2012 travel blog

Layers of mountain ranges

Local variety of orchid- only found in this area

Our guide re-planting an orchid that had fallen.

Rick and Sergio, our guide

Vivian, Jan, Rick and me...pampas grass growing wild on the side of...

Lunch at the waterfall

Good day to hike! We drove about a half hour to the base of the nearby mountains and cose NOT to hike the 2.5 miles to the to of the mountain....4,000ft elevation gain! Good choice. Instead we rode up, visited a Christ statue, and continued to the trailhead which begins and goes through property that Tucuman University began developing for faculty and staff for studying and conservation purposes. It is not used...ran out of money! However, it is a protected area. We hiked about 5 miles, primarily downhill, with two very knowledgeable guides. We saw orchids which only grow in the Tucuman area, and lots of other flowers. Our turn around was a waterfall (a steep climb down to the river...and the reverse on the way back!) where we had ham and cheese, apples and bananas!

Tomorrow we take another bus north about 4 hours to Salta and hopefully more hiking. Hasta!

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