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Cuesta de Miranda

The famous route 40, which runs across the whole of beautiful Argentina, suddenly turns into a narrow mountainside road in La Rioja, and that’s when Cuesta de Miranda appears before the traveller’s eyes. The high walls formed by the hills on the sides, form a “corridor” that runs from East to West, joining the towns of Villa Unión (home of Cañón de Talampaya Hotel) and Chilecito. The Cuesta is a wonderful succession of cliffs and bends, reddish walls and hills, green valleys interrupting the desert-like sceneries and contrasting against the snow-covered peaks in the background. A real “must” for every tourist visiting La Rioja.

When observing the landscape from one of its many panoramic points, the famous “cuesta” seems to speak in the silent air, foretelling its surprises: eagles and condors, giant cactuses reaching the sky and rivers streaming down at the valley bottom. But, if we look closer, an astonishing show appears before us: the ancient Inca road. A narrow trail formed by pirca (a traditional low stone wall) crosses the route and climbs up the hill, as far as the eye can see, bringing history back to life in the most peaceful way.