Top Choice Carnival in Quebrada de Humahuaca


Argentina's most intriguing Carnaval celebrations take place along the length of the Quebrada de Humahuaca in February and March. Indigenous traditions have melded with the customs of the Spanish conquerors to creat…
Top Choice Carnival in La Rioja

La Chaya

The local variant of Carnaval. Its name, derived from a Quechua word meaning ‘to get someone wet,’ should give you an idea of what to expect. In other words, welcome to the biggest and most joyous water fight in Sou…
Religious in Cafayate

Dia de la Cruz

A mass of devotees (what seems like the entire city – the young and old among them) makes a pilgrimage 1000m up San Isidro mountain – aka Cerro de la Cruz – to the white cross erected above town decades ago. It's qu…
Religious in Catamarca

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Valle

The Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Valle takes place for two weeks after Easter, as hordes of pilgrims come to honor the Virgen del Valle and lead her on a procession through town. On her saint’s day, December 8, she …
Parade in Santiago del Estero

Marcha de los Bombos

During the last week of July, santiagueños celebrate the founding of their city. The main event is this boisterous procession into the center by thousands of locals banging all manner of drums.
Cultural in Catamarca

Fiesta Nacional del Poncho

This celebration of handicrafts and traditional Catamarca culture brings a huge artisanal market, plenty of folklórico performers and an excellent atmosphere.
Fiesta in Jujuy

Semana de Jujuy

Jujuy’s biggest event, the weeklong Semana de Jujuy, commemorates Belgrano’s evacuation of the city during the wars of independence.
Carnival in Tilcara


August’s indigenous Pachamama (Mother Earth) festival is alive with music, dance, evocative costumed parades and cultural pride.
Fair in Tilcara

Enero Tilcareño

Apart from Carnaval, this is Ticlara's biggest party. It features sports, live music and cultural activities.
Cultural in Amaicha del Valle

Pachamama Festival

Music, dancing and a llama sacrifice honor the harvest during this festival in Amaicha del Valle.