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Quebrada de Humahuaca

North of Jujuy, the memorable Quebrada de Humahuaca snakes north toward Bolivia. It’s a harsh but vivid landscape, a network of dry yet river-scoured canyons overlooked by mountains with sedimentary strata that have been eroded into spectacular scalloped formations revealing a spectrum of colors in undulating waves. The palette of this World Heritage–listed valley changes constantly, from shades of creamy white to rich, deep reds; the rock formations in places recall a necklace of sharks’ teeth, in others the knobby backbone of some unspeakable beast.

Dotting the valley are picturesque indigenous towns offering a fine variety of places to stay, plus 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.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Quebrada de Humahuaca.