"Omaguaca" village became an important center of colonial activity during Incas time and an important spot on the gold route in northwestern Argentina and southern Bolivia.
Time has stopped and still today the streets are maintained as they’ve always been, surrounded by historic architecture and narrow cobbled streets.
In addition to nearby attractions like Purmamarca and its 7 colors Hill “Cerro de los Siete Colores”, Maimará, Pucará de Tilcara and the Salinas Grandes are recommended sites to visit with an Archaeological Museum, which contains some indigenous culture remnants. Another place not to be missed is the Regional Folk Museum, where you can learn about traditional customs, the preparation of chicha, Pachamama, medicines, amulets, witchcraft and more.
The Humahuaca community, in the province of Jujuy, has its own rituals, such as the unearthing of Carnival, with costumes and flamboyant outfits.
The ultimate place to visit is the Quebrada de Humahuaca, declared World Heritage for its culture, and the majestic beauty of the landscape.
On top of the hill are the remains of the Torre de Santa Bárbara, used as a fort by the Spanish in the 19th century during the War against Peruvian-Bolivian Confederation.
Hostelling International hostel suggests you the Posada del Sol in Humahuaca, with excellent views and the best information to make the most of the varied cultural and leisure activities and recreation.
We recommend you
Fiesta de la Pachamama: The most popular of mythological Inca beliefs still surviving.
Adventure Tourism: In Humahuaca you can do some trekking, mountaineering, fishing, horseriding, water sports, paragliding, 4x4 safaris, and more.
Humahuaca Carnaval: Indian and Spanish carnival.
Independence Monument: Erected to honor the place in the country where most fought to defend their nationality.
Iglesia de la Candelaria: We venerate the Virgen de la Candelaria, saint of the city. National Historic Landmark.
Peñas Blancas: Panoramic Views of the city and surroundings.
Declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity in 2003 by UNESCO , the Quebrada de Humahuaca is a valley with over 10,000 years of history. Currently, local peoples still maintain their customs, rites and beliefs. The valley is surrounded by the imposing Andes chain. The colors of the mountains, a blue sky and starry nights create a real environment of peace for the mind and soul.
Other places of interest in the Quebrada de Humahuaca:
Purmamarca: The name means "Virgin Earth Village" in Aymara language. It is a small village with lovely Hispanic buildings from the 17th century and sits by the Cerro de los Siete Colores.
Cerro de los Siete Colores: For millenniums, the land gave way to the mountains and the endless cycle of nature resulting in marine sediments, lakes and rivers giving way to capricious mountains. In this context, this place is the perfect exemple of contrast between adobe Purmamarca, and the forces of nature.
Maimará: A lesson from the Tertiary and Quaternary geology eras. The main attraction is the Painter's Palette, with yellow, red and white hills fooling tourists’ vision and their cameras.
Pre-Columbian ruins of Iruya: 19 km from Humahuaca are pre-Columbian ruins, with paintings worth visiting as well as "Abra del Condor" a birds favorite where they fly between the sky and mountains.
Salinas Grandes: The salt fields offer an incredible set of mirrors and white landscapes. It is without doubt one of the most important destinations in Argentina, where thousands of tourists take fun pictures playing with the horizon and beyond.
Tilcara: This is another town in northern Argentina and it has several attractions, such as the Archaeological Museum, where you can see mummies with golden robes and masks.
Pucara de Tilcara: The once an Aboriginal fortress is now a complex of Indian ruins and home to an altitude botanical garden, with species of native plants and llamas.
How to get There ?
By land to Humahuaca only via Road No. 9.
To San Salvador de Jujuy with Aerolineas Argentinas, Lade, Andes, Sol, Lan with daily departures, and then come to Humahuaca by bus.
They are 1180 km on National Road No. 9, then connecting with the Provincial Road No. 34 and No. 9 again.
From San Salvador de Jujuy:
Approximately 126 km on National Road No. 9.
245 km via National Road No. 9.
Daily departures from Buenos Aires with Flecha Bus, Andesmar, almirante Brown, Balut amongst others.
Aerolineas Argentinas: 0800-0969-747
Lan Argentina: 0810-9999-526
Flecha Bus: (+54 11) 4000-5200
Andes Líneas Aéreas: 0810-1222-6337
Sol Líneas Aéreas: 0810-444-4765
Lade: (+54 11) 5129-9000 / 0810-810-5233
Guzman Airport (Jujuy): (+54 388) 491-1102
Andesmar: (+54 11) 6385-3031
Almirante Brown: (+54 11) 4314-8050
Balut: (+54 11) 4314-2048 (+54 388) 424-2883