FD Quebrada de Humahuaca Guide (EN SP) – Museum Fee Included
Excursion to the Quebrada de Humahuaca
Private Services – Full Day
Distance covered: 520 km
A trip through la Quebrada (the Gorge) declared World Heritage, where the landscape and the colors of the hills combine with the likewise colored cultures that inhabit this area. We will get to know the social and the cultural customs of this place and its ancient traditions. The trip begins arriving to the village of Purmamarca, where we will observe the Cerro de los Siete Colores (The Hill of Seven Colors), where there is an adobe chapel in honor of Santa Rosa de Lima, declared National Historic Monument dating back to 1648 and the Art-craft market, located in the main square. We will pass by Posta de Hornillos, continuing towards the village of Tilcara in order to visit the Pucará, which is an old pre-Columbian aboriginal fortress, partly rebuilt, and the archaeological museum of the province that stands in front of the main square that holds many objects of the pre-Colombian art coming from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Chile. We will keep going towards Huacalera, Paso del Tropico Capricornio (Tropic of Capricorn Pass), from where we will see the colors of the hill called the Pollera de la Colla (The skirt of the Colla). We will visit the church of Uquía, holding the paintings of the Ángeles Arcabuceros (The Harquebusier Angels) an important trace of the Cuzqueña school. We will arrive at Humahuaca at 2.939 masl, founded by the Indians in 1594 that stands out for its pure architectonic colonial style with its adobe houses, narrow and cobbled streets, colonial lanterns and mainly for the warmth of its people. It will be interesting to stop in its main square, around which stand the main monuments and historic buildings, such as: the Church, the Cabildo, the Monument to the War for Independence in Argentina (known as the Monument to the Indian) , the municipal fair and the Northern Carnival Museum. In the afternoon, we will get back in order to see from the road, the Paleta del Pintor (Painter’s Palette) that frames the Maimara village. We will get to San Salvador de Jujuy where we will visit the Salón de la Bandera (Flag Hall) and the Cathedral, with its characteristic carved wood and gold laminated pulpit and the statues of Lola Mora.
We will make our way back to Salta, following a mountain road with abundant subtropical vegetation. We will pass by the Abra de Santa Laura (Santa Laura Mountain Pass), looking at the Ciénaga dike, Las Maderas and Campo Alegre and we will return to Salta, passing by Vaqueros.
The return to Salta, passing by the mountain road may be suspended during the winter when the daylight hours are shorter.