Picturesque Tilcara is the people’s choice as their Quebrada de Humahuaca base. The mixture of local farmers getting on with a centuries-old way of life and arty urban refugees looking for a quieter existence has created an interesting balance on the town’s dusty streets. What emerges is a local scene that's both charming and accessible, and given the tourist traffic, the comforts of home are often within arm's reach. Yet, what captivates everyone here – locals and tourists alike – are the mountains that rise on all sides as if to remind all comers that no matter how comfortable they may feel, adventure awaits.