Once again, we enlisted the services of Sebastian who -- in addition to being an excellent driver and guide -- was also an accomplished geologist, having worked several years for a Canadian geological company in Argentina (sadly, he had not been able to complete his geology degree, since the economic crisis of 2001 had hit right as he was in the middle of his university studies, and he had had to leave school to work and support his family).
Sebastian was a fountain of information, and explained, as he drove us up one side of the mountain range and down the other, how the mountain and the clouds/winds combine to create distinct micro-climates.
We made a few stops and got out to take photos and marvel at the landscape, before heading on to our first official stop, the thousand-year-old Inca Ruins of Pucara Tilcara.
Then it was back on the road, and on to our final destination, the Hill of Seven Colours.
The town of Purmamarca, where the famous hill lies, is surrounded by splendid mountains. In the town's square, a feria surrounds a playground where local children play while their parents drink mate or sell their wares at the feria.
Alex and Simon made some little friends at the playground, and the ensuing wrestling match almost usurped the hill in terms of their interest and commitment level!