Pueblo de los Cerros y Valles – Jujuy-Salta, Argentina. Diary of a trip. 25Dec2019 – 03Jan2020.

The trips we take always leave us memories, many of them good memories that will remain with us for the rest of our lives.

When you are a photographer, these memories are registered in the photographs we take. And this photographic record takes on an important role. Our photographs record people, landscapes, scenes from the daily lives of people and the places we visit. Such records will last for a long time. Many people will see them and be thrilled by our vision of that world we visited. This is the goal of this post. Share the photographic records I made during my (and part of my family that accompanied me) recent trip to the Northeast (Corrientes and Chaco provinces) and the Northwest (Jujuy and Salta provinces) in Argentina.

Series 1: El Hornocal or Cerro 14 Colores-Humahuaca, Jujuy-Argentina:

In particular, I would like to register my emotions of knowing these regions of Argentina that have a rare beauty in their rural areas and the cities I visited as well as their people.

The people of the province of Jujuy called it “Pueblo de los Cerros y Valles”. People, families, live on family farming and, even though they live in a region where hundreds if not thousands of multi-colored ‘hills’ predominate, they take their livelihood from the countless fertile ‘valleys’ that coexist there. In these ‘valleys’ they plant everything and harvest everything: vegetables, an impressive variety of corn and potatoes, flowers, etc … etc …

Series 2: Salinas Grandes and Cerro Siete Colores-Purmamarca, Jujuy-Argentina.

They are very simple and extremely communicative, kind and caring people. They have a biotype very typical of Andean and pre-Andean regions: they are of medium to low height and have very dark skin and very black hair. I am not an expert on the subject, but such a biotype must have been inherited from the Inca people who, in the distant past, had significant and fundamental importance throughout the region. The northwestern Argentine region is a short distance from northern Chile and southern Bolivia. Thus, one can feel that the people of these three countries have a lot in common in their ancient customs, history and culture.

Series 3: The people and Producers’ Market at Ticalpa-Jujuy, Argentina.

The beauty of the landscapes that intersect at the edge of the most important highways and those of the most inland parts is simply breathtaking.

Series 4: Sandstones cerros in the Ruta Nacional 68 between Salta (capital city) and Cafayate, Salta Province-Argentina.

The color palette is incredibly beautiful, intense and diverse, both in the regions of the cities of San Salvador de Jujuy (capital of the province), Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca (of the province of Jujuy) and in Salta (capital of the province) and Cafayate ( province of Salta). The RN (national route) 68 that links Salta Capital to Cafayate shows a color palette of its countless multicolored ‘hills’ that is a real party in the eyes of the observer and the photographer.

Series 5: Quebrada de Humahuaca – landscapes and beaultiful graffiti at bus stops along Ruta Nacional 9.

As you can see, many good memories of this trip that will be forever marked in me and  members of my family who accompanied me. I hope I like this post !