Top Choice Church in Quebrada de Humahuaca

Iglesia de Susques

Susques is well worth a stop for its terrific village church. Dating from 1598, it has a thatched roof, cactus-wood ceiling and beaten-earth floor, as well as charismatic, naïve paintings of saints on the whitewashe…
Top Choice Mountain in Humahuaca

Serranía de Hornocal

Twenty-five kilometers east of Humahuaca, this jagged row of rock 'teeth' offers utterly spectacular colors. Tours run here but it's driveable in a normal car with care. It's prettiest from 4pm onward, when the west…
Museum in Tilcara

Museo Arqueológico

This well-presented collection of regional artifacts in a striking colonial house has some pieces from the pucará fortification just south of the center, and exhibits give an insight into the life of people living a…
Museum in Tilcara

Museo José Antonio Terry

Museo José Antonio Terry is largely devoted to the work of a porteño (resident of Buenos Aires) painter whose themes were largely rural and indigenous; his oils depict weavers, market scenes and portraits.
Ruins in Tilcara


This reconstructed pre-Columbian fortification is 1km south of the center across an iron bridge. Its situation is strategic, commanding the river valley both ways and, though the site was undoubtedly used earlier, t…
Museum in Around Tilcara

La Posta de Hornillos

Part of a chain that ran from Lima to Buenos Aires during viceregal times, La Posta de Hornillos is a beautifully restored staging post 11km south of Tilcara. Founded in 1772 it was the scene of several important ba…
Church in Uquía

Iglesia de Uquía

It’s not often that you imagine the heavenly host armed with muzzle-loading weapons, but in this roadside village’s picturesque 17th-century church that’s just what you see. A restored collection of Cuzco-school pai…
Notable Building in Humahuaca


The lovably knobbly cabildo is famous for its clocktower, where a life-size figure of San Francisco Solano emerges at noon to deliver a benediction. Be sure to arrive early; the clock is erratic.
Religious Site in Humahuaca

Iglesia de la Candelaria

Built in 1641, Humahuaca’s Iglesia de la Candelaria faces Plaza Gómez.
Monument in Humahuaca

Monumento a la Independencia

From the plaza, a staircase climbs to the Monumento a la Independencia, a vulgarity produced by local sculptor Ernesto Soto Avendaño. The sculpture exemplifies indigenismo, a widespread tendency in Latin Americ…