Later it all made sense. When Argentinians find a piece of white sand next to water, they call it a beach! Playa Miami is one of the most popular beaches here because there is a nice piece of sand and deep water. People like to jump into the deep water from the rocks.
It sounded like fun and I wanted to see if this was the real deal.
The road to playa Miami is beautiful and if you own a bike then you will enjoy it even more. The road is winding through the mountains and the scenery breathtaking. The afternoon sun was revitalizing and the fresh mountain air lifted my spirits.
I eventually found parking and made my way down to the beach. I could hear people but couldn`t see anything. The beach is secluded and hidden behind trees. What awaited me around the corner was a scene from a movie.
People were everywhere! In the water, on the rocks, on chairs in the water and others spread out on the sand like butter on bread.
To get to the beach you have to cross through the water. I decided no to. I was in search of something else. I wanted to photograph the people jumping from the rocks. Yes, that is much more exciting! I found myself a good spot and started to take some photos of the people.
Not long before people noticed me and they started to shout:”Señora, por favor! Foto,foto!” I needed to take their photos. By now groups gathered in the water with beer mugs in their hands and smiling faces. I loved it.
My attention was drawn to the guys climbing the slippery rocks. One asked me why I am taking photos. I told him I it is to promote tourism in Santa Rosa de Calamuchita. That got his attention and quickly he called other people to join. The queued on the rocks and signalled that they were ready.
1,2,3 and they jumped! Water splashed everywhere and I snapped them! The crowds were cheering and the brave ones emerged from the water.
I hanged around for another half an hour and I was just about to leave when this man appeared at the top of the rocks. His fans cheered him on and when I looked up I couldn`t believe what I saw. He was dressed in a Borat costume and he started to pose for the people. Everyone was laughing and I couldn`t help to laugh myself. He was quite the entertainer! After what seemed to be forever he eventually jumped into the river.
I said goodbye, tripped and nearly fell into the water, accidentally splashed an old lady full of mud, apologized and quickly disappeared.
Time to hop back on the scooter and to make my way back home.
Playa Miami…the place for the crazy and wild!
Date: January 2012
Place: Santa Rosa de Calamuchita-Argentina