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We had read the excellent post written by Andrew Forbes about his own road trip in the region and our route would be the exact replica of his in the opposite direction.
After driving around 30km on Ruta 68, we made a right turn into Ruta 33. I was quite apprehensive as the road condition on Ruta 33 was said to be worse than Ruta 68’s. Luckily it didn’t seem the case.
Luckily this stretch of bad roads didn’t last long and we were back on tarmac again.
The scenery was so nice that we decided to stop and take some photos.
At the end of the winding road was Piedra Molino, the highest point of the road at 3457m.
It was also the entrance to Los Cardones National Park, famous for the giant cacti.
We arrived in Cachi around 4 hours after leaving Salta. The roads weren’t as tough as I thought that they would be and I enjoyed the drive.
After our arrival, it took us some time to find where Hosteria Villa Cardon was. It was easily one of the best accommodation of our time in South America.