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Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca Tilcara, Jujuy Tour

The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a 95-mile-long (155-km) mountain valley and ravine in the Jujuy province of northwestern Argentina. The Río Grande flows through the gorge during the summer.After hotel pickup in Salta, travel north with your guide for about two hours toward the quebrada. During the ride, learn about how this UNESCO World Heritage site once served as a caravan road for the Incans, later as a pivotal commercial route during the colonial period and also saw battles during the Argentine War of Independence. When you arrive in the picturesque village of Purmamarca, walk by the church and note its organ-pipe cacti-covered roof, and peruse the jewelry and wool rugs at the craft market. The unforgettable sight here, however, lies at the end of the road, looming over town: Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Colors Hill), with striated hues ranging from cream to green to a deep plum. 

Continue north to Tilcara in the heart of the quebrada. Just outside the town, climb a hilltop to see the pre-Incan fortress ruins of Pucará, and enjoy sweeping views of the valley. Then head back to the town square to visit the archeological museum.

Pass through Huacalera, and while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn road, admire the multicolored La Pollera de la Coya hill. In Uquía, see 17th-century paintings by indigenous students of the Cuzco School, a Roman Catholic artistic institution founded in Peru.

Around midday, arrive at Humahuaca, your northernmost stop and the most densely populated town in the quebrada. Stroll past white colonial buildings lining the cobblestoned streets, climb a flight of steps to see the Monument of Independence built in 1950 and gaze out onto the Río Grande valley.

Visit the local cathedral and observe more Cuzco School paintings, and then enjoy lunch in town (own expense); feel free to ask your knowledgeable guide for recommendations on where to eat.

After lunch, head back south and pass by La Paleta del Pintor (Painter’s Palette), a series of triangular jags in distinct stripes of rose, green and ocher that form a natural tableau framing the town of Maimará.

Stop in San Salvador de Jujuy, situated at the southern end of the gorge. Visit the French-Baroque Flag’s Hall and see the flag bestowed by General Belgrano to the city following the Battle of Salta.

 Inside San Salvador de Jujuy Cathedral, admire the wood-carved pulpit laminated in gold. Passing by the Government House, ponder over the allegorical statues by native Lola Mora.

Keep heading south via the narrow and winding Route 9 for views of subtropical vegetation, the Santa Laura Pass, the dam of La Cienaga (the Swamp), Las Maderas and Campo Alegre, and travel through Vaqueros before arriving back at your hotel in Salta.

$235 Day Trips & Excursions

4 Days 4 full Excursions Promotion

Each excursion included  is a full day tour. They start a 6:30am and return at 07:00pm approximatlely. In every excursion you will have many stops along the road entering in the main atracctions and towns in order to have a complete tour. We include water and snaks (candys and argentine alfajor) along the trip. Lunch is not included, you are free to chose the restaurant. You will have enouhg time to lunch and visit the towns. CAFAYATE: Enjoy one of the most spectacular ravines of our land, Quebrada de las Conchas, together with the best wines of Cafayate. The journey begins towards the south of the province, where we will visit the historic villages of the Lerma Valley. Then, we will head for the Quebrada de las Conchas, where the wind and water eroded the mountains, giving strange shapes, such as El Amphitheater, Devil's Throat and Los Castillos, among others. In Cafayate you will have the possibility to visit wineries, with tastings of the best wines of the area, among them the Torrontés. After lunch you will undertake the return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas and the Lerma Valley.SALINAS GRANDESWith this tour you will see Purmamarca, mountain of the 7 colors and the Salinas, all in one day! The route begins towards Quebrada de Humahuaca, passing through the villages of Yala, Volcán and Tumbaya until arriving at the magical town of Purmamarca. Here, you can see the Cerro de los Siete Colores, the artisan market and stroll through the narrow streets. Then you will ascend the Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, Abra de Potrerillos, until you reach 4,150 meters above sea level. You will also be able to appreciate the blue volcanoes of the Salinas Grandes and great amount of fauna of the region. When you return, you will make another stop in Purmamarca, a 40-minute walk through the Colorados, free time for lunch and return to Salta.HUMAHUACA:Enjoy an adventure that will take you through unique landscapes and villages, for its beauty and its people. Departing from Salta, you will be able to visit the most impressive places of northern Argentina such as Purmamarca, Cerro de los Siete Colores, Maimará, La Paleta del Pintor, visit to Pucará de Tilcara, Uquía, Tropic of Capricorn and Humahuaca.CACHI:Enjoy this excursion where you can get to know the most beautiful landscapes of the Calchaquí Valleys and the magical town of Cachi. The route begins in the Lerma Valley, then enters the Quebrada de los Laureles, where you can see a landscape of yungas. In Cuesta del Obispo you can have a panoramic view of the Enchanted Valley and enjoy its spectacular views. In Piedra del Molino we will reach the highest point, 3,384 meters above sea level, and then we will head for the Tin Tin and Payogasta Straight to reach Cachi. Once there, we will visit the museum, the church and you can walk through its magical streets. The return to Salta.

$179 Day Trips & Excursions

3 Days 3 Full Excursions Pack

Each excursion included  is a full day tour. They start a 6:30am and return at 07:00pm approximatlely. In every excursion you will have many stops along the road entering in the main atracctions and towns in order to have a complete tour. We include water and snaks (candys and argentine alfajor) along the trip. Lunch is not included, you are free to chose the restaurant. You will have enouhg time to lunch and visit the towns. CAFAYATE: Enjoy one of the most spectacular ravines of our land, Quebrada de las Conchas, together with the best wines of Cafayate. The journey begins towards the south of the province, where we will visit the historic villages of the Lerma Valley. Then, we will head for the Quebrada de las Conchas, where the wind and water eroded the mountains, giving strange shapes, such as El Amphitheater, Devil's Throat and Los Castillos, among others. In Cafayate you will have the possibility to visit wineries, with tastings of the best wines of the area, among them the Torrontés. After lunch you will undertake the return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas and the Lerma Valley.SALINAS GRANDESWith this tour you will see Purmamarca, mountain of the 7 colors and the Salinas, all in one day! The route begins towards Quebrada de Humahuaca, passing through the villages of Yala, Volcán and Tumbaya until arriving at the magical town of Purmamarca. Here, you can see the Cerro de los Siete Colores, the artisan market and stroll through the narrow streets. Then you will ascend the Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, Abra de Potrerillos, until you reach 4,150 meters above sea level. You will also be able to appreciate the blue volcanoes of the Salinas Grandes and great amount of fauna of the region. When you return, you will make another stop in Purmamarca, a 40-minute walk through the Colorados, free time for lunch and return to Salta.HUMAHUACA:Enjoy an adventure that will take you through unique landscapes and villages, for its beauty and its people. Departing from Salta, you will be able to visit the most impressive places of northern Argentina such as Purmamarca, Cerro de los Siete Colores, Maimará, La Paleta del Pintor, visit to Pucará de Tilcara, Uquía, Tropic of Capricorn and Humahuaca.

$390 Cultural & Theme Tours

Excursion to Iruya via Humahuaca Canyon, from Salta (2 days)

Departure from the city of Salta to the province of Jujuy touring the villages of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca, Uquia, Huacalera to Humahuaca. From there, 20 km away, take the provincial road n ° 133 that leads to Iruya. Accommodation not included.  When we leave Humahuaca, the road becomes part of dry riverbeds, which makes crossing in rainy seasons impossible, from December to March. The rest of the way is high, winding and gravel. The town of Iruya is located on narrow streets, very steep and carefully paved to avoid soil erosion. Its architecture reflects its pre-Columbian origin, of great cultural and historical value. Surrounded by an imposing landscape and anchored in the past, Iruya preserves the roots of a millenary culture that even today is breathed in its typical celebrations such as the Pachamama in August and the patron saint festivities in the first half of October. The next day, return to Humahuaca, Tilcara, Purmamarca and back to Salta City.

$226 Day Trips & Excursions

Humahuaca Gorge and Iruya 2 Days Journey from Salta

We begin with the pick up from centrally located Salta hotels around 7 am, to start out trip towards the Humahuaca Gorge. The first point of interest is Purmamarca, there you can tour the town to see it's main plaza and the craft market, but it's main attraction is the amazing Seven Colours Hill. We continue to Tilcara where we will visit the Pucara, and old native fort, and the Archaeological Museum. Our next stop will be at Huacalera, where we can see a landmark pointing the Tropic of Capricorn, and also, get an amazing view of the Pollera del Colla Hill.The journey goes on up to Uquía, to tour it's church, where the paintings of Angels Arcabuceros (important vestige in the Cuzco school) are kept. Upon arriving to Humahuaca, we will visit its important cathedral and the Independence Monument (El Indio) made by the sculptor Soto Avendaño. Now, we will have to go off road, passing through the village of Iturbe and Abra del Condor (3900 masl) to reach the entrance of a small creek where Iruya is located. We will spend the night there to have a well earned rest and on the next day we will return to Salta, passing through San Salvador de Jujuy city in the way

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