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Tour to Humahuaca Canyon

Humahuaca Gorge

The Humahuaca Canyon is a region rich in history and traditions. This area has been used as road and settlement over ten thousand years, and today still retains architectural and archaeological sites that are testimony to its long history and a population that keeps ancient customs.

  • LOCATION: See Here
  • ALTITUDE: between 2000 ms. above sea level and the 4000 ms.
  • EXTENSION: 155 Km. long and 13 km. width approx.
  • POPULATION: 226.000 hab. approx.


It forms a natural corridor toward North-South, which stretches across the Rio Grande basin and that communicates the Jujuy Valley with the Puna region.
In 2003, during a meeting held in Paris, has been declared by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site", in the category "Cultural Landscape".
From north to south these are the towns who belong:

HUMAHUACA: It is the headwaters of the region and is considered the historical capital of the "Humahuaca Canyon", and the heart of the carnival.
Adobe houses, narrow streets and cobblestone, and tranquillity almost anytime, less in the carnival (February)
There is a good variety of museums that show different expressions of the region.
The Cathedral Church is a National Historical Monument and contains paints from Cuzco (Inca Capital in Peru). The Monument to Independence, or to the "Indio Calchaqui", represents the place where he fought in defense of the Nation.

UQUIA: In his church rest the remains of the historian Pedro Lozano, and kept a collection of paintings cuzqueñas called "Los Angeles arcabuceros".
Its hills preserved an invaluable paleontological treasure, to preserve remnants of the earliest mammals who emigrated from North america once joined the two continents.

HUACALERA: Town protagonist of the epic of 1841 between unitarys and federals.
His church was built in the eighteenth century, and is a gem of colonial architecture. It keeps cuzqueño paintings like "The Marriage of the Virgin" and "The Baptism of Our Lady", unique in its theme. The school, still standing, dating from 1825.
The mill colonial work of the Jesuits, and the archaeological site of Pucara Molla are the most characteristic points.
Very near the village is the monolith of the Tropic of Capricorn, which indicates the place where the imaginary line passes. Around the Monolith, December 21 at noon is casts a shadow angles.

TILCARA: Town of significant importance which has museums, craft centers, restaurants, hotels and campsites. In summertime, a great feast called "January Tilcareño."
Among its cultural attractions is the Pucara of Tilcara a building that Aboriginals Omaguaca built more than 900 years ago, on top of a mountain, from where they had vision of all the valley and access roads. Is currently rebuilt several pens and dwellings, and in the eastern side, is a necropolis with numerous funeral pyres.

MAIMARA: In this small town, the highlight is the hill known as "The Painter's Palette" reference in their shape and color. The cemetery is very interesting, with its architecture of the early twentieth century.

PURMAMARCA: Town reclining on the "Hill of the 7 colours ", famous for its unique combination of colors.
Its urban layout was made around his main Church, that dates back to 1648.
Paste the church can be seen an old carob (Algarrobo), which saw much of the history of the canyon.

TUMBAYA: Former settlement of the Omaguacas. At present its appeal, besides its streets, are the cemeteries on the tops of the hills.
At its territory is one of the largest lakes in the region, the Guayatayoc Lake.

VOLCAN: His name does not refer to a volcano as he knows. "Volcano" is called in the region to large flows of mud falling from the hills in the rainy season and they tend to destroy everything that are in its path.
It has a special charm for his old railway buildings, abandoned today.
Other natural beauties are "Laguna de Gronda" and the Santuyo Waterfall of 20 meters high and located east of town.

 

THE TRIP
Based on route No. 9 to join the route No. 34 and back again to route No. 9. Visit Purmamarca to observe "The Hill of Seven Colors", the Church and the craft market.
Passage through the "Posta de Hornillos" and then entering the summer village of Maimará.
Arrive to Tilcara: visit to Pucara and the Archaeological Museum E. Casanova, continuing to Huacalera go straight through the Tropic of Capricorn.
Photographic view of La Pollera de la Colla, visit the Church of Uquía, home of the Angeles arcabuceros.
Arrival Humahuaca: visit to the Cathedral and the Monument of Independence.
After lunch, start the return to Salta able to observe in the way the Painter's Palette.

  • DISTANCE: 400 Km. approx.
  • DURATION: Full Day(12 hs aprox.)
  • TIMES: From 07:00 hs. to 19:00 hs. aprox .
  • INCLUDE: Transportation, guides and insurance.
  • NOT INCLUDE: Food and beberages.
  • PRICE PER PERSON: See the Tour Price List