Cerro de Siete Colores
The most unforgettable sight in Purmamarca has to be the hill at the end of the town. They say it has seven colors, but depending what time of day you look at it and the tricks of the light, you may be able to to discern more than that. What you see are the different geological layers built up over time with different minerals. Earlier in the day you can usually see the distinct colors better.
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Visit the town church
The white building at the edge of the main plaza is the church dedicated to the town's patron saint, St Rose of Lima. There is an engraving of 1648 here, probably meaning that the original church was started in 1648. In the small church you will see depictions of the life of St Rose as well as Cuzco school paintings. This church was declared a National Historic Monument in 1941.
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Festival of St Rose of Lima
The town patron saint is St Rose of Lima, the peruvian saint. The festival in her honor, which is the major festival in town, is held on August 30. Here you will be able to see the unique mixture of indigenous traditions mixed with the Spanish Christian traditions. There is the of course the traditional procession with the large carvings of the Saint. However, the music that plays is distinctly indigenous. There are gauchos, there are dances and games.
La santa patrona del pueblo de Purmamarca es Santa Rosa de Lima, la famosa santa peruana. El dia de la fiesta patronal se celebra el 30 de agosto. Aqui podra ver una mezcla única de tradiciones indígenas con las tradiciones cristianas españolas. Empieza con la tradicional procesión con las tallas grandes de la Santa. Sin embargo, la música que suena es netamente indígena. Hay gauchos, hay bailes y juegos.
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Throughout northern Argentina you will notice the large cactus growing. When the plant dies it is dried and makes great wood as in this picture. This was a fairly large example of its use, most of the time I saw it used in trim for houses, and smaller furniture. You can buy picture frames and small carvings with this wood. Though somewhat light to the touch, the wood is sturdy and is commonly used.
One of the best known symbols of Purmamarca is the ancient Algorrobo tree, which stands in the grounds of the church, on the main square.
Purmamarca was founded in 1594, making it one of the earliest towns in Argentina, but the Algorrobo tree has been around far longer, with some estimates putting it over 1000 years old.
It was supposedly under the tree that the towns last chief shared a drink with the Conquistadores, and I also heard a story that the tree provided shade to rebel troops in the War of Independence.
The busiest part of Purmamarca is the main square, where you can find cafes, a couple of restaurants, a small market and plenty of locals relaxing in the shade.
The pictures accompanying this tip were taken during the siesta, when the market was closed and the strong sun forced most people indoors, but at other times the main square is bustling. Purmamarca receives plenty of tourists, but it was still very good value, and if you time your visit right, you may have the place all to yourself!
Iglesia de Santa Rose
Purmamarca's small, simple church is beautiful. It's brilliant white colour contrasts with the colour of the town and the mountains behind. The church is situated on one corner of the main square, and is one of the oldest buildings in the town, dating from 1648. Though it wasn't open when we visited (like many churches in the area) it´s still well worth visiting just to see it from the outside.
Paseo de los Colorades
The Paseo de los Colorades is a 3km walk around the Seven-Coloured Mountain. Surprisingly, it doesn't give great views of this mountain, which is better seen from afar, but it does offer excellent views of the nearby peaks and the surrounding region, one of the most picturesque areas in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. The changing colours and the play of the light on the rocks is fascinating.
The walk starts at the eastern side of town and ends on the western side and you can walk, cycle (or even drive it with a suitable car) in either direction. I'd particularly recommend cycling the path as there is a nice downhill towards the end travelling anti clockwise.
Seven Coloured Mountain
The biggest attraction in Purmamarca, and perhaps in the entire Quebrada de Humamarca, is the seven-coloured mountain which overlooks Purmamarca. It's a beautiful sight, best seen by climbing Cerro Verde, a mountain across the road from the village.
An easy climb leads you to a couple of lookout points from where there is a superb view of the village with the mountain in the background. While it may be called the seven-coloured mountain, it looked more like there were 70 colours to me.
Walking around the "Cerro de Siete Colores"
This path it can be do it by car or bycicle or just walking.......
I think is amazing walking by, you can see seven differents colors, that belong to different ages of the earth... but all that in a majestic silence.... I couldn't stop to take pictures, and I feel a deep feeling when I saw the landscape arround me.... I will try to put the best pictures I took, so you maybe could understand what special this place can be...
Unfortunatelly I was decided to sleep in other place (Tilcara) near there, but I think it would be better stay in Purmamarca at least one night....
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PURMAMARCA : SEVEN-COLOURS MOUNTAIN
Purmamarca is a picturesque charming little village at the foot of a mountain known as ?Seven-Colours Mountain?.
Indeed, the highly photogenic mountain has a series of colours swirling on the rock strata. It is at a fantastically remote locale, best seen in the morning.
Enjoying the view from the 7 colors mountain
From the path on the 7 colors mountain, you have a wonderful view on the village but also on the whole valley where the green of the trees contrast very good to the colors of the mountains
Climbing on the 7 colors mountain!!!! 1)
It is possible to climb on the colorfull hill from its right side (when you face it)...There is a little path crossing the different color section of the mountain...red to purple to green...
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Climbing on the 7 colors mountain 2)
The walk above the hills is really great...unless you are afraid of the height because as you can see, the path can be quite narrow ;-)
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