Discover Salta’s rich history and cultural identity on this rural excursion across the stunning landscapes of Quebrada de Humahuaca gorge. Quebrada de Humahuaca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the truly spectacular cultural heritage. Discover the region’s history, art, and culture — from pre-Inca ruins, to golden Colonial churches, to museums, markets, and more!
Discover the magic of Quebrada de Humahuaca culture on this rural excursion across Salta’s countryside. With your bilingual guide and driver, drive along the winding Route 9/34 highway past spectacular landscapes and rural Andean communities.
In addition to its spectacular natural beauty, Quebrada de Humahuaca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the vast archaeology, living history, and culture preserved an maintained in its rural, rocky hills.
On this Quebrada de Humahuaca culture tour, stop in at Tilcara’s Anthropology Museum and Purmamarca’s artisan market. Visit ancient, pre-Inca ruins, and gold adorned Colonial churches. Discover the deeply symbolic 18th century paintings of the Cusco School, and the art of rebellious 20th century sculptor Lola Mora. Discover the history, art, and culture of the Andes.
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Duration: Full day
Departure Time: 7:00 am from Salta
Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off in Salta
Set out from Salta in the early morning, and drive along National Route 9/34 past spectacular landscapes and scenic small towns. Make your first stop at Purmamarca, where you’ll have the opportunity to watch artisans at work and purchase souvenirs from local handicraft markets. Here, admire the stunning Cerro de los Siete Colores, the Hill of Several Colors that rises up from the town’s edge.
Continue onward to Tilcara, for a visit to the Anthropology Museum. Discover the day-to-day life of the region’s ancient people, and learn how the Quebrada de Humahuaca served as an important trade route across South America. From Tilcara, set out to discover the pre-Inca ruins of Pucara de Tilcara.
Next, head to Humahualca for lunch and a chance to explore. Admire the stunning hills just outside of town and check out the Monument to Independence.
On your return trip, visit the town of Uquia. Visit the spectacular San Francisco de Paula church for a look at the blend of Inca and Colonial cultures. Marvel at highly unique paintings of the Cuzco School of Art, comprised of colonial Catholic ideology and Inca iconography, Andean wildlife, and other aspects of cultural fusion.
From there, continue to the Tropic of Capricorn line, and check out the sundial that marks this invisible line. Continue on along breathtaking landscapes, and see the “Painter’s Palate,” a stunning hillside with a vibrant blend of colors.
Finally, end the day at San Salvador de Jujuy to visit the cathedral, city center, and admire the rebellious artwork of female sculptor Lola Mora. Return to Salta by evening.
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