Everywhere I look I see a picture
Tue, 25 Feb 2014  ~  Argentina, Tilcara
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Everywhere I look I see a picture
, Tuesday, 25 February 2014 ~ Argentina, Tilcara
 
 
 

I´m staying in Tilcara for four nights. Tilcara is a small (4,000) Andean hillside town overlooking a broad river-carved valley and surrounded by dry red-rock mountains. The morning sun on the rock reminds me of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. The buildings are adobe-like and roofed with bamboo and cement. While geared towards tourists, the narrow streets, shops, and cafes are very tasteful and the town bustles with locals shopping and eating. I think most of the tourists are Argentine though I met a Canadian from Tokyo staying in my hotel.

The Patio Alto hotel's architect took the local design cues - brick, cement, stone, bamboo - then reinterpreted them with spacious modern comforts, colorful tiles, metal, and visual surprises. Every space, every piece of furniture, every light fixture looks great. I´m reminded of the Kelebek Hotel in Goreme, Turkey, another beautiful hilltop work of art. My only complaint is the spotty internet.

I guess at this point you think I like Tilcara, and you´re right: a beautiful location, a cool breezy high-desert climate, and a charming town with plenty of cafes and restaurants, all surrounded by colorful hills with hiking trails. Everywhere I look I want to pull out my camera and take a picture.  

 
 
 
Our hotel      
 
 
Our hotel      
 
 
Our hotel      
 
Our hotel      
 
 
Our hotel      
 
 
Our hotel      
 
Chapel      
 
 
Chapel      
 
 
Chapel      
 
Out for a walk      
 
 
Out for a walk      
 
 
Out for a walk      
 
Heading home      
 
 
Heading home      
 
 
Heading home      
 
Herding sheep      
 
 
Herding sheep      
 
 
Herding sheep      
 
Out for a walk      
 
 
Out for a walk      
 
 
Out for a walk      
 
Tilcara homes      
 
 
Tilcara homes      
 
 
Tilcara homes      
 
A canine on guard      
 
 
A canine on guard      
 
 
A canine on guard      
 
Music with dinner      
 
 
Music with dinner      
 
 
Music with dinner