Excursion to Quebrada de Humahuaca

Embark on a full-day excursion in the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley, a World Heritage Site where the colors of the hills are matched by the equally colorful peoples and cultures inhabiting the area. It is a journey of cultural contact and a look into the pre-Colombian past. Our first stop is the village of Purmamarca to admire the Cerro de Siete Colores (hill of 7 colors), the church, and the indigenous crafts market in the village square.

We continue on past Posta de Hornillos to the village of Tilcara where we will stop to visit the Pucara, an Inca fortress, and the archeological museum. Our next stop is the town of Huacalera from where we can observe the beautifully colored hill Pollera de la Colla. We also visit the church of Urquia to admire the paintings of arquebusier angels, fine examples of the Cuzco School of art.

We arrive in the town of Humahuaca just in time for lunch. In Humahuaca the most notable landmarks are the Cathedral and the Independence Monument nicknamed The Indian. On the way back we observe La Paleta del Pintor, an enormous rock formation near the village of Maimara known as the painter’s palette. Our last stop is the city of San Salvador de Jujuy, the capital of Jujuy province. We will visit the Hall of the Flag where the first flag of Argentina is kept, and the old cathedral to admire its wood carvings covered in gold leaf.

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