I captured this image during the early morning hours, just as the sun began to rise and cast its warm glow upon the humble houses of Tolar Grande. The interplay of light and shadow brought out their magnificent texture, while the vibrant red hues emanating from the earth added a captivating touch to the scene. It was a truly mesmerising sight, showcasing the natural beauty and unique character of this town.


On our journey up the mountains, we came across a remarkable sight: a tiny house built right at the foot of the mountain, seemingly integrated with the natural landscape. What made it even more fascinating was the solar system installed, a testament to sustainable living in this remote area. The house also had a delightful surprise in store—freshly baked homemade bread, known as "Pan Casero," along with other locally made products. It quickly became clear that this hidden gem was a must-visit destination. The combination of breathtaking surroundings, sustainable practices, and delicious treats made it an unforgettable experience for any traveler.


Laguna Santa Maria is a precious stop, about 65 km from Tolar Grande, Salta -Argentina, offering a unique opportunity to observe the dynamic interplay of the ecosystem.

Sharing this idyllic habitat with the flamingos are the graceful vicuñas. A species of camelid that resides in the high alpine areas of the Andes, vicuñas are renowned for their extremely fine wool. This wool is so precious and rare that it is highly prized across the world.

Harvesting this wool is no small task. Vicuñas can only be shorn every three years, and even then, they need to be caught from the wild, a task that demands patience and respect for these elegant creatures. Their wool, soft and warm, is a gift of nature, a luxury bestowed by these hardy residents of the Andean heights.

Laguna de Santa Maria, with its breathtaking beauty and remarkable wildlife, offers a stunning glimpse into the rich tapestry of life that thrives amidst the rugged landscapes of the Andes.