Quebrada de Humahuaca and Purmamarca

Quebrada de Humahuaca and Purmamarca

Explore the sculptured mountain valley landscapes of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed gorge, on this full-day tour from Salta. Traveling the same route as the Incans once did, marvel at the serrated canyons and the ever-changing array of colors rippling down unusual rock formations. Stop at indigenous villages dotting this valley, including Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca, and visit adobe churches and ancient ruins. See sights in San Salvador de Jujuy before returning to Salta via the scenic and adventurous Route 9.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Salta, Salta, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina

Early in the morning we will be picked up from our selected hotels in Salta

Stop At: Quebrada de Humahuaca, Rio Grande Purmamarca Village, Humahuaca Argentina

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.

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.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Purmamarca, Purmamarca, Province of Jujuy, Northern Argentina

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cerro de los Siete Colores, Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina

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.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Pucara de Tilcara, Tilcara Argentina

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Huacalera, Huacalera, Tilcara, Province of Jujuy, Northern Argentina

The next stop will be in Huacalera, where we will pass the Tropic of Capricorn, from where we will see the colours of Pollera de la Colla Hill.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Tropic of Capricorn - Sundial, Huacalera, Jujuy, Argentina

At Tropic Of Capricorn - Sundial we will make a descent to take pictures.

Stop At: Cerro Pollera de la Coya, Ruta 9 y Quebrada de rio Yacoraite, Purmamarca Argentina

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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Uquia, Uquia, Province of Jujuy, Northern Argentina

In Uquía, see 17th-century paintings by indigenous students of the Cuzco School, a Roman Catholic artistic institution founded in Peru.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Humahuaca, Humahuaca, Province of Jujuy, Northern Argentina

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.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Las Paletas Del Pintor, Maimara, Tilcara Argentina

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Dique La Cienaga, El Carmen Argentina

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.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a jacket/sweater and sunscreen"
"You may bring your own food and drinks"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms"
"It is the passenger's responsibility to wear a protective mask and maintain distance. In case they don't respect the basic safety measures, they will be asked to leave the tour.

The capacity of tour will be temporarily reduced to ensure social distancing."

Hora de Inicio: 07:00 AM
Duración: 12 Hours
Lugar de comienzo: Salta, Salta, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina
Traveler pickup is offered
The pick up transfer is only from selected centrally located hotels. If your hotel is outside the geographic area, we will confirm you the closest meeting point. Indicate the name and address of your hotel.

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

No Incluye

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fee to Tilcara Ruins (U$S 7,00)


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