Starting to travel roughly 4 months ago is still maybe the best decision I ve ever made in my quite young life so far. I’ve discovered so many different places, met dozens of amazing people and, honestly, I’ve never enjoyed spending money so much as I do on my travels 😀
However, since 4 months is a pretty long time, there are always risks that anything unexpected could happen. I believe that every traveller has had a moment before, he/ she would never have wished to experience.
And now so do I.
Firstly, before I tell you about literally the worst night of my travels, I want to show you some good and worth experiencing parts of my last days in Argentina. After I hitchhiked Argentina together with a fluently spanish speaking German called Oliver, we visited two very remarkable villages.
One of the two worth seeing villages was Cafayate, although the best attractions are actually located a few kilometres outside. Quebrada de Cafayate is home to some unique sandstone landforms. Another highlight around Cafayate is a quite nice, refreshing waterfall where you can even swim in the summer. The waterfall is not too far from the villages center, easily reached by walking. Just ask around in your hostel or locals will know where to go.
Another place you shouldn’t miss if youre going to travel through Northern Argentina is Purmamarca. This Argentinean little village is located right next to a famous hill called “Cerro de los Siete Colores” (Seven Colours Hill). Looks surreal!
Camping at the Argentinean Chilean Border
On our last day in Purmamarca, the worst night of my travels basically started. The bus we have booked to take us to Chile didn’t arrive so we managed to share a taxi to the border with two other travellers we’ve met at the bus station. When we arrived, we noticed that the border has been closed for 3 days already because of snowy weather. No sign that the border will be opened on our arrival day. “Worst case will be 3 more days until border opening”, a policeman told us.
Well, that was definitely not planned but sounds more like an adventure than a terrible night? That’s what we thought, until two Dutch bikers (who have already been stucked for 3 days) told us the night’s temperature drops to around -15°C. “No way”, we thought and noticed that we are in warm &beautiful South America but never underestimate the Andes altitudes! We were on 4200 metres… Even worse was that Oliver lost his sleeping bag a couple days before and my small, light sleeping bag’s comfort zone was PLUS 15°C! After sunset it was already so freezing that we decided to spend the night at the gas station which actually was not very heated but definitely warmer than outside in the tent. Anyway, in that night I haven’t had closed my eyes for a second…
Fortunately, they opened the border on the next morning. 🙂 We were sooo unbelievably happy that we didn’t have to stay another night awake at the border with less than minus 10°C.
The only highlight I remember on that day was playing football with a couple South Americans. It was super exhausting to play at more than 4000 metres above sea level but totally worth it. Definitely a fun and good way to pass time when you’re stuck and bored at the border! 😛
I’m already in La Paz, Bolivia right now. Looking forward to my upcoming adventures – more blog updates soon!
All the best,