Provincia de Jujuy Things to Do

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Provincia de Jujuy Things to Do

  • Tilcara

    Tilcara is a larger town, the main town in the departamento. A Departamento is more or less the same as what we call a county. Founded in 1568 it is a town of about 10,000 inhabitants. Today you can see plenty of colonial construction, of course on a much smaller scale than places like Salta. Some of the main reasons to come to Tilcara are the...

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  • Archaeological Sites in Jujuy Province

    Part of the problem with sites in this region is that they tend to be so difficult to reach.Huachichocana, for example, is a tiny settlement off RN 52. The nearest town is Purmamarca, 22 km away. To get there you would need a local guide with a 4x4 vehicle. There are apparently tours available from Purmamarca and Tilcara. It is at 3200 meters above...

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  • Cuesta de Lipan

    The way our tour was structured we visited the Salinas Grandes, the huge salt lakes, then we would come down the Cuesta de Lipan before stopping in Purmamarca.It was an engineering marvel really. The road would zig zag seemingly endlessly to avoid the steep slope of the mountains. The Cuesta, part of National Highway 52, is only 17 kilometers long,...

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  • Festivals in Jujuy Province

    These are some of the most colorful and unique that you will find in Argentina. Here more than anywhere else the festivals mix the adopted Christian religion, mixing it with the existing beliefs handed down from the indigenous tribes of the region. These are popular festivities, they are NOT tourist exhibitions, so please treat them with the...

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  • Humahuaca (town)

    Humahuaca is the largest town in the Humahuaca Canyon (Quebrada de Humahuaca. It was founded in 1594 by the Spaniard Juan Ochoa Zarate. A crossroads, Humahuaca was a major commercial center, particularly in terms of trade with what was then Alto Peru (todays Bolivia.)If you come here, make sure to go slowly (everyone else does.) Here you will see...

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  • The Quebrada de Humahuaca

    The drive along the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca Canyon) is a stunning one. If you already visited Purmamarca you will have already gotten a taste of what is to come. You will see lots of very small villages along a region that was very important during the battle for liberation of the country. The Quebrada itself was named a World Heritage...

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  • Purmamarca

    Purmamarca is a small town that you will most likely pass through as you are coming down from the Salinas Grandes and the Cuesta de Lipan. The first thing you will likely notice is the colorful market that has reasonably priced local artisan work. Purmamarca's big calling card is the magnificent hill that has seven distinct colors (at least) from...

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  • Tours with the Llama

    You have to admire how creative and industrious people can be. There is a small tour company in Tilcara that offers tours (walking/hiking) with a small herd of llamas. Of course, the llama is the pack animal of the altiplano. Here you go along on a hike with the llama just as the natives have done for thousands of years. There are different...

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  • Tropic of Capricorn

    The Tropic of Capricorn is the farthest south that the sun can be seen directly overhead. To the south are the so called Southern Temperate zones, to the north are the tropics. While most places along the Tropic of Capricorn have semi arid climates, South America is a bit different due to the influence of the Andes. South America along the Tropic...

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  • Lunar environment

    Salinas Grandes (Great salar) is an unique and marvelous place. You reach it from Purmamarca, going through the "Cuesta del Lipán".The landscape is lunar, from another planet.Irreal.Nice and cheap crafts.

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  • Tilcara – pucará

    ‘Pucará de Tilcara is a pre-Inca fortification, located on a hill just outside the small town of Tilcara. The location was strategically chosen to be easily defensible and to provide good views over a long stretch of the Quebrada de Humahuaca.The fortified town was originally built by the Omaguaca tribe, who settled in the area around the 12th...

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  • Humahuaca – capital of the north

    Humahuaca is the most northern town we visited in Jujuy, which is located on an altitude of almost 3.000 meters. It is the ‘capital’ of the northern part of the Humahuaca valley and the most important town before reaching the border with Bolivia (170 kms’). Humahuaca has a nice and compact historical - the town was founded in 1591 - center with all...

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  • Quebrada between Tilcara and Humahuaca

    A road trip from Tilcara to Humahuaca (and back) was our last full day trip in Jujuy. This route belongs also to the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a Unesco World Heritage Site. To be honest it was for us not the most scenic part of the valley along the Rio Grande. Of course the landscape is very mountainous, but it doesn’t offer special sites. Fortunately...

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  • Juella and its pucará

    During our stay in Cerro Chico we saw a video with the touristy highlights of the Quebrada de Humahuaca and were really impressed by the beauty of the Juella Valley. Being on our route to the north we decided to make a short detour to this small village.Juella itself is quite a green oasis surrounded by impressive Andes Mountains. It has quite a...

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  • Tilcara–Archaeological Museum Dr....

    Coming back in town after our visit to the pucará and the botanical garden we did have some time for this museum visit. This Archaeological Museum is located right at the main square ‘Plaza Cnel. Manuel A. Prado’ in colonial building (the former ‘cabildo’ ??). This museum is coordinated (as well is the pucará of Ticara) by the University of Buenos...

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  • Tilcara – High Altitude Botanical Garden

    If visiting the pucará of Tilcara it is quite easy to take a look at the Botanical garden too: it is located on the same complex (even has the same entrance) your ticket is also valid for the garden. This High Altitude Botanical Garden (Jardín Botánico de Altura) is divided into a couple pieces, all showing different autochthonous species, which...

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  • Tilcara, ‘capital’ of the Quebrada de...

    Tilcara can be considered being the ‘capital’ of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, due to its location about halfway this valley, but also for its number of inhabitants. With more than 10.000 it is quite a ‘big village’ in this part of Argentina. Tilcara is obviously a bigger town and different from nearby villages: it has more hotels/hostels,...

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  • Maimará - dusty, yet colourful village

    Maimará isn’t the most well known destination in the province of Jujuy, but in my opinion still worth a (short) visit. Just leave the main road through the Quebrada de Humahuaca and drive to the center of town. Maimará is, at least during our first visit on a cloudy and gloomy day, a little bit dusty town with adobe houses in the same colour -...

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  • Posta de Hornillos, stepping back in...

    During colonial times Posta de Hornillos, already built in 1772 by Alvarez Prado, functioned as a roadside inn on the ‘Camino Real’ (Royal Road) between the capitals of Buenos Aires and Lima. During Independence War, early 19th century, Posta de Hornillos was turned into a military post. General Belgrano slept here coming back from Peru.On our way...

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  • Susques, remote mountain village

    After visiting Salinas Grandes we had some ‘spare time’ and decided to include Susques in our day trip. First part of the drive was still through the salt flats with salt, salt and more salt on both sides of the road. Then we reached the desert-like landscape of the ‘puna’ with only some shrubs and occasionally a few (farm)houses; it must be very...

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  • Cuesta de Lipán and Abra de Potrerillos

    Cuesta de Lipán (Lipán Slope) is a steep and winding section of ‘Ruta 52’.The road that runs along the slope has its origins in Purmamarca (2.192 m.) and reaches its maximum height at the Abra de Potrerillos (4.170 m.), from where the road continues through the Salinas Grandes to Susques and the Paso de Jama .In 1979, the stretch of 65 km from...

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  • Salinas Grandes – an absolute highlight

    Las Salinas Grandes are salt pans on the border between the provinces of Jujuy and Salta with an exposed surface of over 12,000 hectares of salt and is the 3rd largest salt lake in the world at an altitude of almost 3500 m. The salt deposits come from the evaporation of an interior sea, under the effect of the drought. The water still lies under a...

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  • Purmamarca, more than the Seven Colours...

    Purmamarca is a rather small village in the province of Jujuy with just a couple of hundred inhabitants; most of them are Quechua Indians. The earth-toned one-storey houses are built of adobe and do line unpaved streets; a lot of them are dating back to the 17th century and do surround the Iglesia Santa Rosa de Lima on the main square (Plaza 9 de...

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  • Purmamarca - Iglesia de Santa Rosa de...

    The church of Santa Rosa de Lima was inaugurated already in 1648 - indicated on the lintel of its façade. With this age and looking around in the village it must be the oldest building (and most interesting) in town. With its simple architecture and white adobe walls it still is a remarkable building in town and quite a contrast with other houses...

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  • Purmamarca - Cerro de Siete Colores, 7...

    The Seven Colours Mountain bears its name due to the various pigments acquired by the minerals that make up its walls. Resulting from a complex geological history, the layers of various colours have been formed by the accumulation of sea, lake and river sediments which have been deposited on the region for over 600 million years and which have...

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  • San Salvador de Jujuy – Purmamarca

    We stayed one night in S.S. de Jujuy and used the city as gateway for our visit to the more northern Quebrada de Humahuaca. We started with a ‘detour’ to Termas de Reyes, following a wild streaming river and climbing higher and higher. We passed a couple of mountain villages and reached Hotel Termas de Reyes with a pool on an altitude of 1.700 m....

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  • San Salvador de Jujuy, glad we did it …

    Coming from Cabra Corral (Salta province) and after dropping our luggage in our B&B, we didn’t have too much time for exploring San Salvador de Jujuy. We found a car park just outside the city centre along the Rio Xibi Xibi and walked to Plaza General Belgrano, the main square in town.This is a rather nice square with lots of trees and in the...

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  • S.S. de Jujuy - Mercado del Sur, a...

    We didn’t really know where the Mercado del Sur was situated, but as soon as we crossed the Xibi Xibi River via de ‘Puente Necochea’ we ran into the first street vendors and booths selling garlic and flowers. We turned off into Santiago del Estero entering a completely different word: real authentic South American with lots of Indian (Quechua)...

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  • Jujuy – Salta: La Cornisa, a scenic...

    ‘Ruta 9’, or La Cornisa as it is called also, is the former highway between the cities of Jujuy and Salta. I highly recommend driving this road at least one time going to or coming from the North. It is a narrow and winding road and will take more time than the modern freeway, but it is a beautiful drive (and yes, we are on holiday). We took La...

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  • Quebrada de Humahuaca

    This valley is formed by the Rio Grande coming down from 4000 m to 1200 m. Breaking through various geologic formations it shows fantastic coloured rocks and a poor but interesting vegetation.

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  • By bus to Chile 4

    The white you see on the picture is not snow as the temperature might suggest. It is salt and borax. A phantastic and irreal landscape here at about 4000 m above sea level

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  • By bus to Chile 2

    The area is extremely dry so various cactus types are the most spectacular part of the vegetaion. Enlarge the pic to see it better.

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  • The long bus ride to Chile

    From Jujuy is a daily bus going to Chile (via Susques and San Pedro de Atacama to Calama). It goes through a not only literally breath taking landscape (the highest point is above 4200 m so it can happen that the one or other passenger might be affected by "soroche", the high altitude sickness. But it is announced at the bus terminal in Jujuy that...

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  • Purmamarca and the Seven Colors' Hill

    Purmamarca is a small and beautiful town in the "Quebrada de Humahuaca", with less than 400 inhabitants. Its main attraction is the Seven Colors' Hill. Visit the street sellers and the shops around the main square.

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  • The "Puna"

    "Puna" is a Quechua word that means moor or cold earth.It is an immense plateau of more than 3,500 meters, in which the traveller feels that he is near the sky. In its immensity, it crosses the borders and reaches Bolivia and Chile. The Puna has different colours due to the content of the rocks, the snowy mountains and the deep gulches are its main...

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  • Abra Pampa kids on a bike and Birds

    People watching and Bird watching. Here typical birds include Picui and Golden-spotted Ground-Doves, Andean Swift, Giant Hummingbird, Puna and Rufous-banded Miners, Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail, White-tipped Plantcutter, Brown-backed Mockingbird, Black Siskin, and Black-hooded, Mourning, Ash-breasted and Band-tailed Sierra-Finches. You can spend the...

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  • Abra Pampa

    With a lead mine and well rather desolate --Abra Pampa high up on the plains know as el altiplano or La Puna was an interesting people stop.

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  • Worried mother Llama sound

    when you get to close with your camera to a llama they make this sound just before thay spit at you.Llama sound Go to this page click on Llama sound worried mom callin baby and this is what it sounded like just before I got a big wad of Llama spit enjoy. If you want the full effect get warm KY gel and splase it on as you look at the Llama and...

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  • Church in the town of Purmamarca

    Purmamarca, Cathedral was built in 1648. There is a local craft market all year round and every Aug 30th a religious ceremonies take place where natives dance "samilantes, sikuris and Misa-chicos". This is the best day to visit.

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  • Hills of 7 colors Cemetary

    This is the grave yard of the town of Purmamarca when I was visiting the director of the Museum in town was tending the family grave

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  • The backdrop to the town of Purmamarca

    This is the view as you arrive at the town of Purmamarca Framing Purmamarca like a timeless painting, the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colors) reflects its beauty onto the pueblo's quiet streets and dusty adobe homes. Try to arrive early -- 9am is best -- when the morning sun shines brightly on the hill's facade and reveals its...

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  • Purmamarca terrain

    The backdrop to the town of Purmamarca and the terrain is astounding, but does not block out the terrible poverty of the province. Here many live in the traditional houses, without indoor plumbing. Young boys play soccer on a dusty field, without uniforms or grass. The girls have no such organized recreation. Most families try to survive on...

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  • Purmamarca Cerro de los 7 colors

    The town of Purmamarca sits at an elevation of over 7000 feet. The reds, blues, purples, greens, yellows, browns and whites of the surrounding hills are dazzling against a clear blue sky. The mountains were under water and layers of sediments undulate like the waves that formed them. The exposure to differing amounts of oxygen changed the colors of...

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  • Drive from Jujuy to the Bolivian border

    When you leave jujuy driving north, you leave the world behind. The drive to the Bolivian border through the gorge called "Quebrada de Humahuaca" is THE hihglight of the region, and it is definitely worth doing. If not going on into Bolivia, you could do it as a day trip from jujuy, but leave early and give yourself lots of time. If you are...

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