I had met Tati when I went hiking in Jujuy and Erika and Javier at the hostel in Tilcara. I met Julian at the border, who had met Erika and Javier in Salta. We barely knew each other and they were so young they could have been my children. How did we know that we could get along for five days? We didn´t. It was a risk we all took when we decided to travel together. We turned out to be easygoing and tolerant people. I think that when you travel with a group of people and you have lots of experiences in a short period of time, you bond. We went through a lot together, mostly nice things but we had our share of hardships that we faced with a smile and sense of humor.
That first night we spent together, it was so cold that we had to put our beds one next to the other to cover us with all the available blankets and to give each other warmth. The bathroom was so dirty that we needed somebody else to hold a candle because we were afraid to step on somebody else´s pooh. We needed to trust each other, there was no locker for our belongings. We needed to rely on each other because we were on the same boat.
The following morning we woke up really early, earlier than the rest of the groups. Thing is that this is a popular circuit and it´s sort of driving in a convoy. Our driver prefered to set off earlier and avoid the crowd. And we agreed.
Our first stop was at a ghost town. It really looked ghostly because we got there before sunrise.
We had reached almost 14271 feet and were warned about possible altitude side effects. Fortunatelly, none of us had any trouble with that.
An area of lakes was waiting for us. It was really marvelous …
It was Laguna Morejón and Laguna Hedionda. The last one means “stinky lake” and there was a reason for that. You could smell it!!
We finally got to a place where there was a natural lagoon, in fact thermal water. It was rather cold but the water was really warm and I didn´t want to lose the chance to have a bath. Tati and Erika didn´t feel like trying it but Javier, Julian and me were brave enough.
The girls and I wanted to go to the bathroom but guess what? it was so disgusting that we went behind a mountain.
disgusting picture of a toilet where it was written “pee” and “pooh” so you had to direct your disposals in the right hole, well maybe it doesn´t look that bad but believe me, it was … the smell was unbearable.
After enjoying some time in the water, we had lunch and we were able to have some beers.
Javier, Julian and me had our underwears totally wet so Erika offered to dry them … in her peculiar way.
More marvelous places were to be discovered that afternoon. We were really excited.