Welcome to Purmamarca
Little Purmamarca, 3km west of the highway, sits under celebrated Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors), a spectacular, jagged formation resembling the marzipan fantasy of a megalomaniac pastry chef. The village is postcard-pretty, with adobe houses and ancient algarrobo trees by the bijou 17th-century church. This, and its proximity to Jujuy, has made it very touristy; if you’re looking for an authentic... Read More
Top experiences in Purmamarca
Full Day Tour to Quebrada de Humahuaca
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.
Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca Tour
This full-day tour is considered one of the most beautiful and complete tours in the region. It allows you to discover different landscapes and learn about the life of the inhabitants of this large Puna Region.You will depart going through Campo Quijano and travel parallel to the famous “Tren a las Nubes” (The Train to the Clouds) Railway appreciating each of the bridges, stations, tunnels and viaducts it goes through. You will also be able to enjoy “Quebrada del Toro” (Bull Gorge) where you will stop to take in the beauty of the different views you are offered. Then you will reach Santa Rosa de Tastil which is a little town of no more than 50 inhabitants, and will see the museum and Tastil ruins. Then you will head through “Abra Blanca” where you will reach the maximum height of 4080m (13,385ft) above sea level. From there you will be able to contemplate the impressive snow-covered Mountain Acay. Afterwards you will make your way into the Puna Region with its lunar landscape and finally reach “San Antonio de los Cobres”. After a break for lunch (not included), you will take the route 40 see the local fauna consisting of vicuñas, llamas, zuris, foxes and condors. The next stop is going to be in the beautiful Salinas Grandes (a salt flat).After that you will go to the 7 Colors Hill in Purmamarca through the “Cuesta del Lipan” (Lipan Slope), the highest point reaches 4170m (13,680 ft) above sea level. After, visit the main square, the artisan market and the streets of Purmamarca. Then you will start your way back to Salta City.
Full-Day Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca from Salta
Depart from your centrally located hotel in Salta in the morning and head to the beautifully unique Salinas Grandes salt flats. Along the way you will stop at the town of Yala, Volcan, Tumbaya, Purmamarca, featuring Seven Colors Hills and one of the biggest crafts markets. Rise through the spectacular Cuesta del Lipan, Cuesta del Saladillo, Abra del Potrerillo (4150 m/s/n/m), blue volcanoes and Salinas Grandes de Jujuy (Lamas and Vicuñas). Many stops will be made so you can take the best pictures. In Salinas you will be able to stay 45 minutes and see this spectacularly unique place in the world. You will head back to Purmamarca, and have free time for lunch (not included) and then head back to Salta to complete the tour.
Movitrack Safari Tour to Puna, Salt Falts and Purmamarca from Salta
This is a completely different experience! Owner Frank Neumann and his wife Heike discovered the Argentinian North during their honeymoon on an old Jeep around 1991. The German couple was so fascinated with the scenery that the region of Puna offered them, that they launched themselves into this tourist undertaking. Frank who worked many years for Mercedes Benz, redesigned a model '94 German Mercedes truck with modifications including a sliding roof, small kitchenette, toilet and more to ensure this experience will be completely different! This striking vehicle is perfectly equipped for high altitude adventure to travel to three incredible spots:Train to the Clouds railwaysCrossing from the Puna to the Salt FlatsRoute to Purmamarca and its Seven Color Hill on the Lipan Slope
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.
3-Day Quebrada de Humahuaca from Salta
Day 1:Pick up at your hotel in Salta. Then, as we head North, we get a taste of verdant sub-tropical greenery as we travel up the old mountain road linking Salta with San Salvador de Jujuy. San Salvador is rich in history. We can visit its excellent museum on the War of Independence. We’ll stop for lunch in Yala by the tranquil lagoons. Then we climb in altitude up into the colorful gorge of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, visiting the Posta de Hornillos, an old Spanish fort from the 18th century. Overnight in Tilcara, the hippy, arty, musical capital of the Quebrada. We’ll recommend a peña (traditional live music) venue for the evening. Meals: Lunch: restaurant, Yala. Dinner: your choice of recommended restaurants in TilcaraOvernight: We'll recommend a choice of hotels in Tilcara. Please note that accommodation is not included.Day 2:After a morning walk up the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) in Tilcara, we head up the Quebrada de Humahuaca, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn to see the famous Spanish colonial artwork of Uquia’s 17th century church and visit Humahuaca itself at the head of the valley. This indigenous town has an excellent and colorful local food market and local craftsmen and women market sell clothes and tapestries woven from lamb and llama wool.Then we head up an unmade track out of town, climbing to more than 4,000m to see the Nine Coloured Hill of Hornocal, a wondrous natural formation of ancient rock from the era of the dinosaurs. Meals: Lunch: restaurant in Humahuaca. Dinner: your choice of recommended restaurants in TilcaraOvernight: hotel in Tilcara. Please note that accommodation is not included.Day 3:After a visit to the hillltop pukara (fort) of Tilcara, the home of the original indigenous settlers in pre-Inca times, we’ll see the famous Seven Coloured Hill at Purmamarca. Take a short walk across the river and climb to find a perch which gives us outstanding views of the hill well away from the tourist buses. We climb the Cuesta de Lipan, rising to 4,200m and a superb view of the Salinas Grandes, as well as wild vicuña if we’re lucky! Then we descend to the salt flats: an immense expanse of naturally formed saline fields. From here we return to San Salvador de Jujuy and Salta city via the sugar cane and tobacco fields. Drop off at your hotel in Salta.