Road 52 after Purmamarca : Cuesta de Lipán
The road 52 in the Purmamarca valley is give you the opportunity to see all the wonderful colors of the valley that are not only in the village itself : a variety of yellow/purple hills, red cliffs... And then the road climb up (a lot of zigzag) to the top of the Cuesta de Lipán (4140 m.) to cross the high area and to arrive on the other side,... to the altiplano, a high plateau covered in the beginning with stones and grass, and then by salt : the Salinas Grandes!
Road 52 : the Salinas Grandes : details
The salt deposits come from the evaporation of an interior sea or lake, under the effect of the drought. The water lies under a thin (about 10 cm) "crust" of salt!!!
The activity of the operator of the "salinas" is more important in winter, since in summer, rains regain the salt marsh of water. Water doesn't interrupt all activity however, since the moment is auspicious for the harvesting of the " new " salt: a part of salt dissolves itself and recrystallize in surface, cleaned of all foulness. No need to treat it, it is directly edible!
The Cerro de los siete colores or Hill of the seven colours it s one of the most famous view of the region before enter to Purmamarca.Tourists are attracted from the fantastic contrast of land colours and formations.
PURMAMARCA : SEVEN COLOURS SWIRLS LIKE PAINT
My guide wanted to arrive at Purmamarca in the morning because the morning sun will cast a brilliant ray of light on the famous Seven-Colours Mountain.
But alas, the day was cloudy and the sun still remained behind the clouds.
Purmamarca is the little Andean town set right against the mountain, all the houses are of the adobe sort. Very photogenic.