Welcome to Quebrada de Humahuaca


Dotting the valley are dusty, picturesque, indigenous towns offering a fine variety of places to stay, plus historic adobe churches, handicrafts and homey restaurants serving warming locro and llama fillets. It's no surprise that the region has experienced a tourism boom in recent years, but it remains an under-the-radar world-class destination. You won't be alone here, but with landscapes this magical, it will hardly matter.


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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.

$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.

$179 Day Trips & Excursions

3 Days 3 Full Excursions Pack

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.

$120 Cultural & Theme Tours

Excursion to Humahuaca & Purmamarca with 7-color Hill, from Salta

In 2003, the Quebrada de Humahuaca was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Cultural Landscape category.This tour takes us from Salta through Jujuy Province , to travel and explore the lovely countryside and villages which cover nearly 10,000 years of history. From south to north, the Quebrada de Humahuaca is born in Volcano, where the mountains abruptly drop the green hills and give way to brownish colours .Without leaving the side of the Rio Grande, above the town of Tumbaya, which has its beautiful church built in 1796.Next Purmamarca, town of legends and singers, has a church dedicated to Santa Rosa de Lima dating from 1648. The village has been built Purmamarca the foot of the internationally known “Hill of Seven Colors”.The tour continues visiting Tilcara where the Pucara (ancient Indian fortress), now rebuilt, is a clear demonstration of the splendor of its ancient inhabitants, the Tilcara. To the north, after passing through Huacalera and the Tropic of Capricorn, we reach Uquía, that in his Church treasures one of the most important collections of the famous “Angels Arcabuceros” emblematic examples Cuzco painting. .The city of Humahuaca, heart of the Gorge, awaits the visitor full of natural attractions, history and culture. The latter highlights the Monument to the Heroes of Independence and articulated image of San Francisco Solano, which makes its appearance every afternoon in the central square to bless the people.The tour ends in Salta.

$225 Cultural & Theme Tours

Humahuaca, 7-color Hill & round trip transfers airport - hotel in Salta

In 2003, the Quebrada de Humahuaca was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Cultural Landscape category.This tour takes us from Salta through Jujuy Province , to travel and explore the lovely countryside and villages which cover nearly 10,000 years of history. From south to north, the Quebrada de Humahuaca is born in Volcano, where the mountains abruptly drop the green hills and give way to brownish colours .Without leaving the side of the Rio Grande, above the town of Tumbaya, which has its beautiful church built in 1796.Next Purmamarca, town of legends and singers, has a church dedicated to Santa Rosa de Lima dating from 1648. The village has been built Purmamarca the foot of the internationally known “Hill of Seven Colors”.The tour continues visiting Tilcara where the Pucara (ancient Indian fortress), now rebuilt, is a clear demonstration of the splendor of its ancient inhabitants, the Tilcara. To the north, after passing through Huacalera and the Tropic of Capricorn, we reach Uquía, that in his Church treasures one of the most important collections of the famous “Angels Arcabuceros” emblematic examples Cuzco painting. .The city of Humahuaca, heart of the Gorge, awaits the visitor full of natural attractions, history and culture. The latter highlights the Monument to the Heroes of Independence and articulated image of San Francisco Solano, which makes its appearance every afternoon in the central square to bless the people.The tour ends in Salta.Round Trip transfers Salta Airport - hotel - Salta Airport included

$140 Cultural & Theme Tours

Excursion to Salinas Grandes via Jujuy (from Salta)

This tour takes us from Salta  through Jujuy Province , to travel and explore the lovely countryside and villages which cover nearly 10,000 years of history. From south to north, the Quebrada de Humahuaca is born in Volcano, where the mountains abruptly drop the green hills and give way to brownish colours . Without leaving the side of the  Rio Grande , above the town of Tumbaya, which has its beautiful church built in 1796.Next Purmamarca, town of legends and singers, has a church dedicated to Santa Rosa de Lima dating from 1648. The village has been built Purmamarca the foot of the internationally known “Hill of Seven Colors”.  From Purmamarca, and throught the Cuesta del Lipan, an incredible landscape, we will arrive to the salt flat, called Salinas Grandes. Return to Salta

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