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Argentine North-West

Qubrada de Humahuaca

The North-West includes the provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Tucuman, Catamarca and Santiago del Estero. 

Running down Cuesta Ovispo you reach Valley of Lerma dominated by Salta “la linda” (the pretty one). Founded on April, 16 th of 1582 by Mr. Hernando de Lerma. The city is at 1.200 mts. Above sea level and settled by the 20th on February and San Bernardo Mounts. Salta city is probably the town with the largest number of colonial remains in the whole country. Here is where the Train to the Clouds starts its journey up the mountains, which will end in San Antonio de los Cobres, 4.200 meters above sea level and 163 Km away from Salta.

Tucumán: Capital of the smallest Argentine province and known as “the Garden of the Republic” because of the richness of its flora, San Miguel de Tucumán preserves intact traces of its colonial history. 

Jujuy: Departing from San Salvador de Jujuy, we reach this natural road leading to the Altiplano (high plateau). Vividly colored landscapes frame a group of villages with adobe houses, historical chapels and Pre-Hispanic ruins, where time seems to stand still. One of the most beautiful villages is Purmamarca, an indigenous village lying against the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven-color Mount). Further on, there is an area of mountains with bright-coloured stripes, known as La Paleta del Pintor (The Artist’s Pallet), in Maimará. One of the most outstanding attractions in this ravine is the Pucará de Tilcara, a fortified town built by the Omaguaca natives in pre-Columbian times. Humahuaca was founded by the Spanish by the end of the XVI century. Quebrada de Humahuaca was declared World Cultural Landscape by the UNESCO in July 2nd 2003.
 
Purmamarca is a little village of the incredible colored mountains, on the route to “Quebrada (Canyon) de Humahuaca”. In this villagethere are some small hotels “de charme” and it is very recommended to stay one or more nights over to live the magic of the North of Argentina.