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$52 Day Trips & Excursions

Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca Tilcara, Jujuy Tour

The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a 95-mile-long (155-km) mountain valley and ravine in the Jujuy province of northwestern Argentina. The Río Grande flows through the gorge during the summer.After hotel pickup in Salta, travel north with your guide for about two hours toward the quebrada. During the ride, learn about how this UNESCO World Heritage site once served as a caravan road for the Incans, later as a pivotal commercial route during the colonial period and also saw battles during the Argentine War of Independence. When you arrive in the picturesque village of Purmamarca, walk by the church and note its organ-pipe cacti-covered roof, and peruse the jewelry and wool rugs at the craft market. The unforgettable sight here, however, lies at the end of the road, looming over town: Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Colors Hill), with striated hues ranging from cream to green to a deep plum. 

Continue north to Tilcara in the heart of the quebrada. Just outside the town, climb a hilltop to see the pre-Incan fortress ruins of Pucará, and enjoy sweeping views of the valley. Then head back to the town square to visit the archeological museum.

Pass through Huacalera, and while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn road, admire the multicolored La Pollera de la Coya hill. In Uquía, see 17th-century paintings by indigenous students of the Cuzco School, a Roman Catholic artistic institution founded in Peru.

Around midday, arrive at Humahuaca, your northernmost stop and the most densely populated town in the quebrada. Stroll past white colonial buildings lining the cobblestoned streets, climb a flight of steps to see the Monument of Independence built in 1950 and gaze out onto the Río Grande valley.

 Visit the local cathedral and observe more Cuzco School paintings, and then enjoy lunch in town (own expense); feel free to ask your knowledgeable guide for recommendations on where to eat.

After lunch, head back south and pass by La Paleta del Pintor (Painter’s Palette), a series of triangular jags in distinct stripes of rose, green and ocher that form a natural tableau framing the town of Maimará.

Stop in San Salvador de Jujuy, situated at the southern end of the gorge. Visit the French-Baroque Flag’s Hall and see the flag bestowed by General Belgrano to the city following the Battle of Salta.

 Inside San Salvador de Jujuy Cathedral, admire the wood-carved pulpit laminated in gold. Passing by the Government House, ponder over the allegorical statues by native Lola Mora.

Keep heading south via the narrow and winding Route 9 for views of subtropical vegetation, the Santa Laura Pass, the dam of La Cienaga (the Swamp), Las Maderas and Campo Alegre, and travel through Vaqueros before arriving back at your hotel in Salta.

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Humahuaca Gorge: 7-Colors Hill, Purmamarca, Uquaia Chapel

After pickup at your hotel in Salta, travel in a minivan along scenic National Road Nº 34 and National Road Nº 9 toward the town of Jujuy through the Humahuaca Gorge region. Along the way, pause in the town of Purmamarca to visit the naturally striated Seven Colors Hill before exploring the town on foot with your guide to take in the history and architecture of the church and main square where local craftsmen are available with their work. Then continue in the minivan to the town of Humahuaca for lunch and time to explore the buildings and Independence Monument in town.In the town of Jujuy, visit the Uquia Chapel which was built more than 700 years ago and features an elaborate gold altar and acclaimed religious paintings. From there, cross the Tropic of Capricorn, which is marked by a small monument, to get to the town of Tilcara for a guided tour of the square and church before visiting the Anthropology Museum. Use what you learn in the museum learning during a visit to an Incan archaeological site before returning to your hotel in Salta.

$65 Tours & Sightseeing

Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara Full-Day Tour

The journey leaves from Salta, and visits several cities on a long stretch including San Salvador de Jujuy, Yala, Volcan and Purmamarca Village where you will walk along its narrow streets and observe the Seven Colors Hill, the Uquía Church and the Craft Market in the square.After that, you will continue towards the town of Tilcara, to visit the Pucará (ancient ruins), Huacalera and cross the Tropic of Capricorn, from where the colors of La Pollera del Coya Hill can be seen. Next, travel to Uquía to see its church, where the paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels (important vestige in the zone of the Cuzqueña School) are kept. Arrival to Humahuaca will be at noon; this town has an important church and the Independence Monument (the Indian) of the sculptor Soto Avendaño. After lunch you will observe La Paleta del Pintor (The Paintor's Palette) route which frames the town of Maimara. This concludes the tour, where you will then return to Salta.

$56.09 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip Discover Humahuaca Valley from Salta

The journey beginnings in Salta with a hotel pickup early in the morning.First town we'll visit is Purmamarca Village where time will be enough to observe the Seven Colored Hill, the Church and the Craft Market on the square. We will also take a small walk along its narrow streets. We continue towards the town of Tilcara where we visit the ancient ruins of Pucará, the Archaeological Museum, and Huacalera. Then we cross the Capricorn Tropic, from where the colors of La Pollera del Coya Hill can be seen and really good pictures taken because of the daylight. We visit Uquía and its church, where the paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels, important vestige in the zone of the Cuzqueña School are kept. Arrival to Humahuaca will be at noon; this town has an important Church and the Independence Monument, the Indian, of the sculptor Soto Avendaño. After lunch we'll observe, from the route, La Paleta del Pintor framing the town of Maimara. We continue to San Salvador de Jujuy where the Flag Hall and the Cathedral, characterized by its pulpit carved in wood and gold and the statues of Lola Mora are visited. Finally, we return to Salta through National Route N9 of abundant subtropical vegetation. The last stretch is: El Abra of Santa Laura, observing La Cienaga dam, Las Maderas and Campo Alegre and returning to Salta through Vaqueros.

$742.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Tour of Salta Cafayate and Humahuaca

Day 1: SaltaArrival in Salta. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free city tour. Day 2: Salta - Cafayate (B) Driving along the fertile Lerma Valley, you will pass different towns like Cerrillos, La Merced, El Carril and Coronel Moldes. This is an important area for tobacco plantations, as you will see along the road. Arrive at Cafayate, a picturesque village famous for its vineyards. Visit to a winery with wine tasting included. Time for lunch in Cafayate. Tour around the city and markets. In the afternoon, return to Salta through Las Conchas Gorge, stopping in “Posta de las Cabras”, famous producer of goat cheese. Day 3: Salta - Humahuaca (B) Depart at 6:45am from your hotel. On the way to Humahuaca, go through different villages like Volcán, Tumbaya and Maimará. Once in Purmamarca, a village famous for the "Cerro de los Siete Colores” (Seven Colors Hill), you will have time to visit the handicraft market and take a walk around the village. After a short bus ride you'll get Tilcara, where you visit the Archeological Museum and the Pucará, the amazing indigenous ruins. After leaving Tilcara, you will get to Humahuaca. Take some free time to walk around and have lunch. In the afternoon, return to Salta through San Salvador de Jujuy, where you will get to see the main attractions of the city. Day 4: Salta (B) Transfer form your Salta hotel to the airport.

$235 Day Trips & Excursions

4 Days 4 full Excursions Promotion

Each excursion included  is a full day tour. They start a 6:30am and return at 07:00pm approximatlely. In every excursion you will have many stops along the road entering in the main atracctions and towns in order to have a complete tour. We include water and snaks (candys and argentine alfajor) along the trip. Lunch is not included, you are free to chose the restaurant. You will have enouhg time to lunch and visit the towns. CAFAYATE: Enjoy one of the most spectacular ravines of our land, Quebrada de las Conchas, together with the best wines of Cafayate. The journey begins towards the south of the province, where we will visit the historic villages of the Lerma Valley. Then, we will head for the Quebrada de las Conchas, where the wind and water eroded the mountains, giving strange shapes, such as El Amphitheater, Devil's Throat and Los Castillos, among others. In Cafayate you will have the possibility to visit wineries, with tastings of the best wines of the area, among them the Torrontés. After lunch you will undertake the return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas and the Lerma Valley.SALINAS GRANDESWith this tour you will see Purmamarca, mountain of the 7 colors and the Salinas, all in one day! The route begins towards Quebrada de Humahuaca, passing through the villages of Yala, Volcán and Tumbaya until arriving at the magical town of Purmamarca. Here, you can see the Cerro de los Siete Colores, the artisan market and stroll through the narrow streets. Then you will ascend the Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, Abra de Potrerillos, until you reach 4,150 meters above sea level. You will also be able to appreciate the blue volcanoes of the Salinas Grandes and great amount of fauna of the region. When you return, you will make another stop in Purmamarca, a 40-minute walk through the Colorados, free time for lunch and return to Salta.HUMAHUACA:Enjoy an adventure that will take you through unique landscapes and villages, for its beauty and its people. Departing from Salta, you will be able to visit the most impressive places of northern Argentina such as Purmamarca, Cerro de los Siete Colores, Maimará, La Paleta del Pintor, visit to Pucará de Tilcara, Uquía, Tropic of Capricorn and Humahuaca.CACHI:Enjoy this excursion where you can get to know the most beautiful landscapes of the Calchaquí Valleys and the magical town of Cachi. The route begins in the Lerma Valley, then enters the Quebrada de los Laureles, where you can see a landscape of yungas. In Cuesta del Obispo you can have a panoramic view of the Enchanted Valley and enjoy its spectacular views. In Piedra del Molino we will reach the highest point, 3,384 meters above sea level, and then we will head for the Tin Tin and Payogasta Straight to reach Cachi. Once there, we will visit the museum, the church and you can walk through its magical streets. The return to Salta.