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Tolar Grande (Argentina)

The first time I set foot in Tolar Grande was recently, there are few "tourist" circuits.
After spending a day by car from Salta, Tolar Grande occurs: here the mineral world is omnipresent.

Tolar Grande is a town of miners. There are any mines around but most are abandoned, since there are many more near the ocean and its customers.

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We started taking the "train of the clouds", until we reached the Polvorilla viaduct (which is over 400 meters high). This viaduct is looks like the viaduct which Tintin jumps from, in "The Temple of the Sun". On the way, the railway crosses a total of 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 zigzags.

Then, route or gravel to Pocitos. After this period of mines, the road winds in a moonscape amid relief and supernatural colors. Here we are in the heart of the Andean high plateau at 4,000 meters depth below, but we might think we're on Mars!
Tolar Grande, a village in the 'far west', is the start point of laces that leave us without words: the cone of Arita, small block fully supported cone amid the vastness of the white salt Arizaro, seems a beacon for the castaways in this desert of salt.

The mine "The Coincidence", ("la Coincidencia") former sulfur mine on the border with Chile, near the volcano and 6,739 mts of Lullaillaco high, where they discovered the mummies of 3 children from the Inca period.

Then, you can follow the adventure through Chile or down south to Catamarca province where we cross the salt desert "dead man" ...what a program!

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