Welcome to Purmamarca


Make sure you take the easy but rewarding 3km walk around the cerro (hill), the striking colors of which are best appreciated in the morning or evening sunlight.


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Purmamarca activities

$61.80 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.

$69 Day Trips & Excursions

Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca Tour from Salta

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.

$71 Tours & Sightseeing

Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca Full-Day Tour 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. The tours can be performed in buses up to 27 people.

$174 Day Trips & Excursions

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

$49 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.

$92.60 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Salt Flats Tour from Salta

Start with a pick up from your centrally-located Salta hotel around 7 am. You'll leave the city heading towards the Tastil Ruins and arrive in San Antonio de Los Cobres, a small village in the Puna region, where you'll stop to have lunch and explore.Continue the trip along the famous scenic Route No 40, crossing one of the most scenic desert regions in Argentina, before arriving at Salinas Grandes (The Great Salt Flat). The immensity of the area and the white, shiny, salt invites you to relax and take good pictures. After exploring the salt flats, continue down the Lipán Cliff and finally arrive at Purmamarca, one of the typical towns of Humahuaca Gorge, offering incredible views of the Seven Colours Hill. You'll return to Salta after a brief visit to San Salvador de Jujuy.

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