A visit to the site declared World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO, going through the Humahuaca Gorge, marveling at the magnificent views, villages and fascinating cultures.
POSTA DE HORNILLOS is a historical site of the province where the Transportation Museum stands and where national heroes who struggled for independence rest.
TILCARA is famous for its local festivities (Carnival and Holy Week), the Archaeological Museum and the Pucara (aborigine stronghold) with its partially rebuilt ruins from the pre-Colombian times. Within the Purcara, which depicts the lifestyle and development of such times, visitors can appreciate myriad cacti specimens at the Museo Botanico de Altura (Botanical Garden).
UQUIA is famous for its church built in the 17th century, which has an altarpiece laminated in gold. Interestingly, it is one of the two churches in Argentina decorated with nine Cuzco School paintings of Los Angeles Arcabuceros (angels holding guns), testimony of the colonial architecture.
HUMAHUACA, the village the Gorge is named after, has the greatest population. With its narrow pebble streets and iron street lamps in every corner, this village is also the highest point in our entire journey at 2,940 metres. Main highlights include: the imposing Independence Monument, the Church and the Town Hall with a tower from which San Francisco Solano comes out every day sharply at noon to give his blessing.
- Humahuaca's Canyon
- Hill of Seven Colors
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Bilingual tour guide
- Private air conditioned car
Tour Does Not Include:
- Food & Drinks
- Departing early in the morning for a drive along the Humahuaca Gorge and its villages, this journey is a unique exhibition of the most diverse vegetation, which becomes more and more exhausted once we go past the foggy jungle. Only cacti seem to survive the altitude, covering the carved rock formations at the slope of the mountains.
- Our first destination is PURMAMARCA (alternative path to the Inca Road), a town which has earned a reputation for its Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors) which can be viewed from the village streets. We will also visit the handicraft market bordering the main square.
- Next, we will visit MAIMARA, a village at the foot of the dreamy Paleta del Pintor (Artist’s Palette). Its cemetery is on the hill and can be spotted from the route.
- Further to the North, at Huacalera, we will go through the Capricorn Tropic, identified by a white monolith.
- On the way back to Salta, along National Route 9, we will visit San Salvador city, the capital of JUJUY province and also known as the ‘silver cup’ which is famous for the 1812 Exodus. Apart from its intrinsic charm, the main tourist attractions center around the General Belgrano Park: the works of Lola Mora, the greatest Argentinean sculptor, the Cathedral, the City Hall and the House of Government.
Tour: Every Day
Tour Style: Private or Group
Departure Time: Flexible
Duration: 12 Hours approx.
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