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Great hiking, beautiful location, very friendly people
internet access only in school (rather expensive)
In a nutshell
out of this world. A must see not only of Argentina but of Southamerica
Lapena de Carlitos was recommended in our guidebook, so we tried it on our first night in Tilcara. However, the food here wasn't great, in fact it was probably one of the few meals in Argentina where the steak was poor. I had a llama steak with mashed potato while Ruth had Bife de Lomo with potatoes.
Nevertheless, the wine was excellent and the whole meal was very cheap. I would recommend visiting here for a post meal drink when you can enjoy the music. The Carlitos, a local group playing traditonal music from the Quebrada region, play here most nights from 10pm onwards, and it's a good way to become acquainted with local Andean music.
Updated Dec 7, 2008
Address: Plaza Manuel A Prado
There are regular bus services to Tilcara and to nearly all the villages on the Quebrada de Humahuaca from San Salvador de Jujuy.
We travelled with PanAmericano from Jujuy, and, as ever in Argentina, the service was excellent. We had comfortable semi-cama seats, and seats upstairs which gave great views as we travelled along Ruta 9 through the Quebrada. There were no videos or meals included but we din't really miss them on a short journey with such great scenery. It took just under two hours to reach Tilcara.
Updated Dec 7, 2008
Fondest memory: One of my favourite memories of Tilcara is cycling Ruta 9 as far as Purmamarca. This was a 50km round trip along the Quebrada de Humahuaca, one of the most beautiful areas in Argentina, and travelling by bike gave us the opportunity to see close-up the fantastic scenery on this route.
The highlight was the seven-coloured mountain in Purmamarca (there are really about 70 colours!) though the scenery on route was incredible too, especially around Maimara where you can see the famous "cerro la paleta del pintor" (painter's pallet mountain). Ruta 9 is a busy enough national road, though you can travel off the road in sections near Maimara.
We hired bikes from "Tilcara Mountain Bike", run by a friendly local, located 100 metres below the bus station on Avenue Belgrano. The bikes were excellent, and we were also given helmets, a map and locks. The owner speaks English, and he is very friendly and helpful.
Phone: 0388 155008570
Written Oct 20, 2007