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Postcard from the small village of Humahuaca (difficult to pronounce it :)) in Quebrada de Humahuaca.
Quebrada de Humahuaca, located in the Province of Jujuy, is a narrow and arid mountainous valley, flanked by the high plateau of the Puna and the eastern wooded areas. It is located in the north-westernmost portion of the Republic of Argentina and follows the line of a major cultural route, the Camino Inca, along the spectacular valley of the Rio Grande, from its source in the cold high desert plateau of the High Andean lands to its confluence with the Rio León, forming a 155-kilometre long, north-south striking natural corridor, where the Grande de Jujuy river flows. The current population, on its part, keeps its traditions in an outstanding cultural landscape. Thus, Quebrada de Humahuaca is an extremely complex heritage system characterised by elements of various kinds inserted in a stunning, impressive and colourful landscape.
From http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1116.

Elevation of this village is 3,012 m. I have been already at higher elevations so I have no problems with it. I have read that once you "survived" higher elevations, your organism remembers it and the next time you do not suffer altitude sickness.
I liked this area very much, because of the indigenous people with their products on the market, interesting architecture and amazing Andean landscape. And I was delighted to see Echinopsis terscheckii, commonly known as the cardon grande cactus or Argentine saguaro. It is a large cactus native to South America. It is a columnar, branching cactus that can grow over 7.6 metres tall. After it is dead, it is used as a construction material.

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