We left La Quiaca and traveled 12 kilometers along Provincial Route 5 heading for Yavi in order to see these two wonderful manifestations of nature.
As we got there, we could observe that there were several ways to access the tops of the various mounts that make up the region. We could behold the entire territory of the Puna in Jujuy
and identify the local villages.
We walked on and enjoyed each scene. We arrived at the foot of the last mount and found the magnificent Red Pond: according to season, a natural pool is formed which features a very particular hue due to the rocks on its bed and the clayey soil.
In general, the pond is full during the summer and, as winter approaches, the waters recede into the phreatic levels. Pink flamingoes, vicuñas
and puna teals may be seen during the summer.
All around the pond, we could observe several carvings on rock layers dating back from approximately 1,500 years ago. They constitute an excellent sample of the source of man in Pre-Columbian times.
Besides, we witnessed the great diversity of the motifs and scenes worked with the chipping and scraping techniques. There are plenty of birds, camels and human figures featuring different attitudes carved in the rock.
The most relevant drawings were encircled by small walls that would reveal the presence of such work pieces. Some drawings stand out: those making reference to the possible sighting of a comet, the condors’ panel, a warrior and the arrival of a Spaniard on horseback.
Indeed, visiting the Red Pond and the Eight Brothers Mountain Range is a fascinating experience to be enjoyed while staying at La Quiaca
. It is important to bear in mind that there are strong temperature changes during the tour and that the sunshine may be scorching at times. One tip: do not forget to pack some fresh water and sunscreen.