15-Nov-2002 -- In a way that only an Argentinean can explain, we could not walk the 1 Km from hwy 40 to this confluence point.
Clouds and rain were the order of that day, so the snow-capped Andes to the west and scrub covered pampa to the east was barely visible. The walk would have been 1 Km straight to the west over easy to cover ground but we could not stop. The driver insisted that the little traveled Route 40, south of here could be bad on this rainy fall day and we must travel next to another vehicle, a bus (which was ahead of us and in the event of us getting stuck would help us)
Greeting us along this rocky 'highway' a white, wild llama, a herd of 6-10 guanacos (small llamas) and a pair of Rheas (small ostrich). All viewed from the backside as they ran away from our lumbering bus. As this was only an attempt, I could only coax 3 of the 6 travelers out of the bus. Turns out we arrived at our destination 1.5 hours early. Too bad since it would have been an easy 15 minute walk.