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Pictures of our 2nd South America trip 2019 to Argentina
- Part 2 Luján de Cuyo near Mendoza to Cachi in Calchaquí Valley 3/13 - 3/30/2019
Argentina Part 1 – from the Chile border at Los Antiguos to Luján de Cuyo near Mendoza February 7th to March 13th, 2019
Chile Part 2 from Los Lagos in Los Ríos to Chile Chico in Aysén at the border of Argentina January 27th to February 7th, 2019
Chile Part 1 San Antonio/Santiago to Los Lagos in Los Ríos December 24th, 2018 to January 27th, 2019
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6-5/3/2017 + continuation from 7/18-9/22/2018
Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip (= start of 11 parts) from August 22nd, 2017 to May 27th, 2018
Myanmar (Burma) round trip (= start of 4 parts) without our vehicle from December 26th, 2016 to January 22nd, 2017
Ukraine Part 3 – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
Cape Verde: São Vicente – from Mindelo to port city of Walvis Bay in Namibia Part 1 (28th container) April 10th to 29th, 2014
Argentina Part 3 – from Cachi in Calchaquí Valley to Clorinda at the Paraguay border March 30th, to May 4th, 2019
Argentina Part 4 Nostalgic pictures from scanned slides of our South American journey 1987/88
Paraguay Part 1
Argentina Map
Map from southern South America
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076  Our quiet night spot below a
100-year-old olive tree at the “Los Hornos”
Camping in San José de Jáchal (Province
San Juan) with tables and benches,
barbecue places, electricity and wifi
077  Vivid sunset at San José de Jáchal
078  Encounter with Florian and Elena
from Konstanz/Germany with their
2 years old son Hannes. They plan to
travel for one year in South America
with their Volkswagen Bus
079  The impressive mountain scenery
of the La Ciénaga nature reserve on the
RP49, a worthwhile shortcut to the
“Ruta 40”, is getting closer and closer
and tempts to stop for a photo
080  View from the fine asphalt road
RP49 over the Cauquenes reservoir in
the scenic La Ciénaga nature reserve,
12½ ms [20km] northeast of San José
de Jáchal in San Juan province
081  The dam at “Boca de la Quebrada
(= mouth of the Gorge). In the back-
ground the 20'603ft. [6'180m] high
“Cerro de la Majadita” mountain range




082  Alone along the Río Huaco canyon
through the impressing scenery of the
La Ciénaga nature reserve with its
bizarre rock formations
083  The short tunnel cut through the
rocks at the La Ciénaga nature reserve is
high enough for our LandCruiser. Shortly
before, the road narrows to 13ft. [4m]
084  After the short tunnel in the
La Ciénaga nature reserve a green
valley along the meandering river
Río Huaco opens up
085  Grandiose view from the “Mirador
de Huaco” over the green ribbon of the
fertile valley, framed by desert mountain
ranges, in the La Ciénaga nature reserve
086  Our Landcruiser at the viewpoint
of “Cuesta Huaco” with Río Huaco and
the provincial road RP49, at the end of
the 20ms [33km] scenic La Ciénaga
nature reserve east of San José de Jáchal
087  A last view to the reddish rock
formations at the La Ciénaga nature
reserve before we rejoin the legendary
“Ruta 40”
088  Shiny eroded red rocks and stately
candelabra cacti dominate the scenery
over the 7'050ft. [2'040m] high “Bordo
Atravesado” pass to Chilecito (La Rioja
province) …..
089  ….. one of the many rocky outcrops
and cacti pointing to the blue sky along the
winding road to the pass summit in the
“Cuesta de Miranda” slope …..
090  ….. where there are two little
“mini shrines”
(see also picture No. 98 and 99)
091  Sweeping panoramic view to the east
from the top of the “Cuesta de Miranda”
slope over the reddish rocky terrain
092  A souvenir picture from the
“Cuesta de Miranda” slope with
its beautiful panorama
093  Down the valley towards Nonogasta
(18ms [29km]) we admire a narrow gorge
with high vertical walls
094  Our LandCruiser along the almost
empty “Ruta 40” between Villa Unión and
Chilecito with its beautiful cliff scenery
095  The giant grasshopper “Tucura-
Quebrachera” (Tropidacris collaris)
becomes 4 to 5 inches [10-13cm] long and
is declared a plague in northern Argentina
096  The glowing yellow flowers are
a beautiful splash of color in the red-
brownish cliff scenery of the
“Cuesta de Miranda”


097  “Wild West” atmosphere: An
Amerindian with bow and arrow after
the Sauces River bridge in San Blas de
los Sauces, La Rioja province.
Liliana looks just tiny next to it
098  Empty bottles belong to the
offerings at the “mini shrine” near the
bridge over the dry Sauces River .....
099  ….. and another tiny “chapel”
just next to it with statues of saints
and decorated with artificial flowers
(see Gauchito Gil)
100  Wide riverbed in a landscape of dunes:
We cross a river with now three names
between the provinces of La Rioja and
Catamarca: Río Salado, Río Colorado or
Río Bermejo, but which is called
Río Abaucán about 40km to the west
101  Lunch break at a ruin under
a shady tree along “Ruta 40”
102  “Creeping” lilac flowers with
lush green leaves are spreading wreath-
shaped on the dry desert ground
103  Our LandCruiser hits kilometer 4040
on the legendary “Ruta 40”. It leads about
3'230ms (ca. 5'200km) from Punta Loyola
near Río Gallegos along the Andes moun-
tains to La Quiaca at the Bolivian border
104  Impressing: 20km [12½ms] after
the 4040 road sign, the “Ruta 40” climbs
from the dead straight plain before Londres
towards the mountain massif of the
“Sierra de Belén” …..
105  ….. the region is lush green, even
on the top of rugged mountain ranges




106  Río Hualfín near the confluence
of Río San Fernando before the village
of Hualfín
107  Sun flowers (Helianthus annuus),
which always spread cheerfulness. They are
very light-dependent. Its growth depends on
the light intensity. It has the peculiarity of
always turning to the sunlight
108  Breakfast in the sun at the camping
“El Sol” on the east bank of the
Santa María river in Santa María
109  “Cathedral of Our Lady of the
Rosary” of the 19th-century in Cafayate
in the Province of Salta
110  Breakfast at the camping “Luz y
Fuerza” in Cafayate with the Swiss Christine
and Felix with their LandCruiser HZJ78 …..
111  ….. Christine and Felix in front of
their white LandCruiser HZJ78. Website:
112  Ripe sweet grapes hanging from
a pergola
113  Signpost to the vineyard “Bodega
El Esteco” on the outskirts of Cafayate
(corner “Ruta 40” and RN68 to Salta) …..
114  ….. the stately whitewashed vineyard
behind the vine branches is open for
degustation. It's one of the bigger bodegas
in this region (the Calchaquí Valleys)
The grandiose world of sandstone formations of different shapes and colors in the Calchaquí Valleys. It's situated between
Tafí del Valle in the south and the 16'312 ft. [4'972m] high pass “Abra del Acay”, the highest passage of the “Ruta 40”.
Here the following 17 pictures (from No. 115 to 131) in the nature reserve “Quebrada del Río de las Conchas”, called also
“Quebrada de Cafayate” which extends from Cafayate towards Salta for about 40ms [ca. 60km]
115  Our LandCruiser along the
spectacular landscape of the
“Quebrada del Río de las Conchas”
116  In the river valley of the
Río las Conchas” it's partly lush green – a
wonderful contrast to the rocky landscape
117  An especially impressing red
sandstone cliff, carved out by the
“Río de las Conchas” and its feeder rivers
118  Standing tall above the green valley
floor. Years of erosion created impressive
columns and towers known as
“The Castles” (Los Castillos)
119  View of the different colored
sandstone layers
120  “The Windows” in the “Quebrada
del Río de las Conchas” (Las Ventanas)
121  Our LandCruiser on one of the most
beautiful rocky landscapes of Argentina –
the “Quebrada del Río de las Conchas” …..
122  ….. the bright red and white of the
rocky landscape stands out particularly
dramatically …..
123  ….. and the cliffs of red sandstone
are witness to the creativity of the water
124  Nature as a sculptor: The red
sandstone formations in the “Quebrada
del Río de las Conchas” present
themselves sometimes jaggedly …..
125  ….. sometimes in gently rolling hills
126  Pinnacles and turrets give the
landscape in the “Quebrada del Río de
las Conchas” its majestic appearance
127  The “amphitheater” (El Anfiteatro) –
an approx. 164ft. [50m] large rock cauldron
of the “Quebrada del Río de las Conchas”,
carved from red stone, is surrounded by
66ft. [20m] tall walls …..
128  ….. a musician is entertaining the
visitors; the acoustic in this natural
wonder is near to perfect …..
129  ….. and the view from the
natural amphitheater to the
outside is impressive
130  A track leads us to the middle of a red
rock formation of “Quebrada del Río de las
Conchas”. Is there a nicer place for lunch?
Fortunately not everything is locked (yet)!
131  From the creek bed of the “Río de
las Conchas” a massive furrowed wall
rises against the blue sky at the north-
eastern entrance of the “Quebrada”
132  Large cornfields shape the landscape
between the “Quebrada del Río de las
Conchas” and Salta
133  A farmhouse in Spanish architectural
style at the foot of a deeply wooded hill
near Salta
134  A lonely blue dayflower, also called
Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis),
in many places classified as weed, is hidden
between dead and fresh leaves
135  A single cow on lush pastures as
far as the eye can see – at the foot of the
ascent to the “Piedra of the Molino” Pass
(“Cuesta del Obispo”)
136  Our LandCruiser on the ascent
towards the “Cuesta del Obispo” i.e.
“Piedra del Molino” Pass to Cachi along
the tarred Salta provincial road 33 …..
137  ….. the Río de Escoipe River
with its zigzag course …..
138  ….. and our cozy little lunch
spot on the way up
139  A well kept cemetery in a beautiful
mountain setting 1 mile [1½km]
south of the Parador Sunchal
140  A sign with stickers of people
who drove up the “Cuesta del Obispo”
to the “Piedra del Molino” Pass
141  The small secluded church (at the
same time also school) of “San Fernando
de Escoipe”, on the slopes of the
“Cuesta del Obispo” on the ascent
to the “Piedra del Molino” Pass
142  Fascinating landscape along
Escoipe River while driving up to
the “Piedra del Molino” Pass
143  Probably a school along the
Provincial Road 33 to the “Cuesta del
Obispo” and the “Piedra del Molino” Pass
144  The spectacular “Cuesta del Obispo”
(Bishop's slope) with its picturesque
twisting hairpin road to the
“Piedra del Molino” Pass
Fog sails between the green mountain hills on the picturesque hairpin road to the “Piedra del Molino” Pass at 11'342ft. [3'457m]
148  The chapel San Rafael on the
“Piedra del Molino” Pass at 11'342ft.
[3'457m] altitude
149  Souvenir photo with Swiss people
on the 11'342ft. [3'457m] high “Piedra del
Molino” Pass: Left: Isabella and John with
their Landrover and on the right Anna
and Koni, who emigrated to Uruguay
150  Delicate flowers defy
the barren landscape




151  Argentinean Saguaro-cactus forest of
the most bizarre shapes and different sizes
in the plateau of “Los Cardones” National
Park, opened in 1996, on the descent from
the “Piedra del Molino” Pass to Cachi
152  Liliana next to a huge Argentinean
Saguaro cactus (Echinopsis terscheckii
with its unlimited variety of branches.
It can grow up to 40ft. [12m]:
Life time 250-300 years
153  Argentinean Saguaro cacti with the
backdrop of the 20'930ft. [6'380m] high
snow-covered “Nevado de Cachi” massif.
These cacti grow with preference on
heights up to about 11'000ft. [ca. 3'400m]
154  A souvenir photo with the Argentinean
Saguaro cacti on the "Los Cardones" plateau
in front of a snow-covered
“Nevado de Cachi” massif
155  Guanacos (Lama guanicoe) are
roaming the altiplano. They are native
to South America and have a lifespan
of 20 – 25 years
156  Holy Cross along the provincial road
RP33 over the “Piedra del Molino” Pass
from Salta to Cachi (exactly from El Carril,
23ms [37km] south of Salta, to Payogasta,
8ms [13km] north of Cachi)
157  Halfway from Payogasta to Cachi an
enchanting landscape: Blooming flowers,
bizarre escarpments with its screes and the
snow-covered “Nevado de Cachi” massif
158  Nature blooms even on
the barren gravel: A bunch of
yellow marguerite daisies
159  The white glittering reed grass
against the lush green willow
displays a special charm
160  At the little village of El Quipón
before Cachi large red chillies are
dried behind an adobe wall …..
161  ….. here they are being harvested …..
162  ..... and here they are spread
out to dry in square fields
on the slope of a hill
163  Entrance to the charming mountain
village of Cachi (about 3-5'000 people),
located at an altitude of 8'304ft. [2'531m],
with its low white-painted adobe houses in
the prov. of Salta in northwestern Argentina
164  “Street art” in Cachi
165  Quiet street in Cachi at the foot of
the 20'930ft. [6'380m] high snow-capped
mountain “Nevado de Cachi”




166  The Iglesia San José, a church
built 1796 in Spanish colonial style,
in the center of Cachi …..
167  ….. the confession booth is built
entirely from the porous wood of the
Argentinean Saguaro cactus
(Echinopsis terscheckii) .....
168  ….. and the graceful vaulted
ceiling is also made of cacti wood




169  Breakfast under trees at the
Municipality camping in Cachi. Everyone
has his own plot of land with electricity
and the barbecue area, which is
indispensable in Argentina …..
170  ….. there is also a stone table,
where Liliana is cooking lunch …..
171  ….. and a friendly shaggy dog
that wants to make friends
for sharing the meal
Next website from southern South America:
Argentina Part 3 – from Cachi in Calchaquí Valley to Clorinda at the Paraguay border March 30th, to May 4th, 2019
The African trip 2013-16:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
South Africa Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2   from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
The continuation in Asia 2016-18:
Saudi Arabia January 9th to 12th, 2016
United Arab Emirates January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Iran April 11th to May 6th, 2016
Turkmenistan May 6th to 10th, 2016
Uzbekistan May 10th to 31st, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Kyrgyzstan June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Kazakhstan – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Russia Part 2a – from Tretyakovo at Kazakhstan border via Lake Teletskoye to Gorno Altaysk August 21st to September 26th, 2016
Russia Part 2b from Gorno Altaysk to the Mongolia border and back to the Ukraine border at Krupets Sept. 26th to Nov. 11th, 2016
Ukraine Part 3November 11th to December 8th, 2016
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6 to 5/3/2017
Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi Part 1 – Miri - Kuching/Sarawak/Malaysia - Balikpapan/Kalimantan, by ferry to Sulawesi
North-Sulawesi Part 2 – Tomohon and surroundings to Tangkoko NP and onwards to Bitung with ferry to Ternate on North Moluccas
North-Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore and onwards by ferry to  Sofifi on Halmahera on North Moluccas
North-Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera and onwards by ferry to Sorong in West Papua Part 1 (Irian Jaya) on western Bird's Head Peninsula
West Papua (Irian Jaya) Part 1 – Sorong, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Seram in Moluccas (Central)
Moluccas (Central) Part 1 – Seram and onwards by ferry to Ambon in Moluccas
Moluccas (Central) Part 2 – Ambon and onwards by ferry to Serui on Yapen in Papua
Papua Part 1 – Yapen and onwards by ferry to Biak in Papua
Papua Part 2 – Biak and onwards by ferry to Manokwari in West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) on eastern Bird's Head Peninsula
West Papua (Irian Jaya) Part 2Manokwari, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Makassar in South Sulawesi
South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 – Makassar South Sulawesi by ferry to Batulicin/South Kalimantan, Kuching - Miri in Sarawak
Continuation of 3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 7/16 to 9/22/2018