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Manantial del Silencio is located in Purmamarca, certainly the most idyllic village in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a 150 mile valley which has recently been made a World Heritage Site.
The building itself is white colonial house, and within it are 19 bedrooms scattered around the wide open spaces adorned with colourful rugs. All of the rooms have a Colonial air about them, with an elegant simplicity created by neutral colours, dark wooden beds and Egyptian cotton sheets. Local tradition is ever present with high ceilings made of cane and adobe walls. Although no telly - it would only be a disturbance - there is Wi-Fi, a phone and central heating.
The restaurant is in two parts - there is a light and airy space with floor-to-ceiling windows and amazing views of the pool and mountain; and then a more intimate affair with rich red curtains and elaborate wall hangings. Which ever part you find yourself in, the food is delicious and surprisingly bountiful given the remoteness of the setting. Chef Sergio Latorre is a leader in his field and would give any Buenos Aires chef a run for their money with his creative interpretations of Patagonian classics.
There is an outdoor pool and spa treatments are available. Wander around the pretty village of Purmamarca - visit the local handicraft stalls, go to the Iglesia Santa Rosa de Lima, or walk the Cerro de Siete Colores (a two hour circular route takes in the fantastic scenery).
Why we love it
Just five blocks from the main plaza, Legado Mitico Salta is perfectly located for exploring the city's stunning colonial architecture and fantastic museums.
Saskia, Original Traveller