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Quebrada de Humahuaca

Chances are travelers will never forget their first sight of Quebrada de Humahuaca. The impressive beauty of this gorge is constantly on display in national calendars and postcards for good reason: as the sun moves across the sky, it illuminates the different hues of the bright rock walls. The bottom of this valley begins slightly northwest of San Salvador de Jujuy and runs 125 kilometers (77.7 mi) north to Humahuaca. There are numerous day tours organized from Jujuy or Salta that allow photographers to take photos of Cerro de los Siete Colores.

By Chris Hughes
Traveling South America to give Viva readers the most up-to-date information...
25 Sep 2009

Things to do in Quebrada de Humahuaca

Iglesia de Santa Rosa

118988Named for Saint Rosa of Lima, church was built in 1648 and stands guard over Plaza Prado. Its church's squat adobe façade is beautiful in its simplicity, and inside the spare wooden pews and ...
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Tilcara Cycling

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The sleepy village of Maimará, five kilometers from Tilcara, is dominated by the surrounding mountains. The mountains, rightly named La Paleta del Pintor (The Palette of the Painter) for their wash ...
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Huachichocana and the Cave Paintings

Just 10 kilometers from Purmamarca is the small town of Huachichocana, a pretty part of the gorge that makes an excellent bike or horseback riding day trip. Perhaps more interesting, however, are the ...
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Salinas Grandes

Long before you reach the salt flats, you’ll a surreal sea of white in the distance starkly contrasted against the brown desert landscape. But this is nothing compared to actually standing or ...
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Paseo de los Colorados

Starting at one end of town and winding around the Cerro de Siete Colores to the other, this circuit affords spectacular views and an up-close look at the amazing rock formations of the mountain. ...
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Feria Artesenal

The craft market runs along San Martin behind the railroad tracks. It’s a fun, lively atmosphere and a pretty part of town. Local vendors sell handmade goods, from woolen to wooden, and there are ...
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Plaza Prado

Plaza Prado is in the heart of Tilcara. The daily market sells a variety of regional crafts. Non-shoppers can visit the museums that line the square. Art lovers have their pick of three museums: the ...
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Each February, Tilcara celebrates its Carnaval. The nine-day festival begins with the Desentierro del Carnaval, during which a small devil figure is unearthed by masked revelers. Cigarettes and ...
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