Hola from Humahuaca!
Some would argue that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. But I beg to differ; there was a genuine local feel about Humahuaca that was lacking in the other two towns. It was much less overcrowded with tourists – just the good old locals going about their daily business.
This was the real deal – grandmothers drinking coca tea at the markets.
In case you were wondering, cocaine can be extracted from coca leaves. But here in the Andean region, chewing coca leaves and drinking coca tea is a regular part of daily life and is considered sacred within indigenous cultures.
Just like shopping is a sacred ritual in my life …
I absolutely love the colourful arts and crafts at these markets.
The town itself is very quaint too.
After a stroll around town (which only took 10 minutes to see it all!), I joined the others for merienda.
Merienda is Spanish for afternoon tea – yet another sacred pastime of mine 😉
We recharged ourselves with apple cake, hot chocolate and orange juice.
By the way, how cute is this cafe? Decked out with woven rugs, alpaca wool and cactus lamps.
I could have gladly kept drinking hot chocolate and snuggled in for a nap all afternoon long.
But then again, there are more adventures to be had. We jumped back in our (extremely dusty) rental cars and drove back to Salta in the evening.