Attractions

Top Choice Mountain in Humahuaca

Serranía de Hornocal

Located 25km east of Humahuaca, this jagged row of rock 'teeth' offers utterly spectacular colors. Tours run here but it's drivable in a normal car with care. It's prettiest from 4pm onward, when the western sun bri…
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…
Ruins in Tilcara

Pucará

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

Museo Arqueológico

This well-presented collection of regional artifacts in a striking colonial house has some pieces from the pucará just south of the center. Exhibits offer insight into the life of people living around the time of th…
Notable Building in Humahuaca

Cabildo

The lovable cabildo (municipal building), built in the Spanish Moorish style in the 1940s, is famous for its clock tower, where a life-size figure of San Francisco Solano emerges at noon to deliver a benediction. Be…
Monument in Humahuaca

Monumento a la Independencia

From Humahuaca's 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 Ame…