Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina. A 155 km (96 mi) long mountain valley, carved by the Rio Grande, is indeed a spectacular place. Populated 10,000 years ago, it later served for the Inca Empire, who managed to turn this site into a complex trade route. Today it is enlisted as a World Heritage site and protected by UNESCO.
Although its cultural prominence is much more valued, the natural beauty of the colorful mountains is also worth mentioning. The area can be explored on a one to three days lama trekking. Garganta del Diablo is an impressive canyon with a waterfall, while El Pucará provides a wonderful panoramic view. Both places can be easily reached from Tilcara.
Why to go there?
Beautiful nature, cultural significance. Various accommodation options in the small towns of Quebrada, Purmamarca, Humahuaca and Tilcara.
When to go there?
From May to August the weather is not too hot and drier. In summer (December to March) however the impressive Rio Grande is flowing, which evaporates in winter.
How to get there?
Fly to Jujuy Airport, which is 167 km (104 mi) away from Humahuaca. Then take a bus.
Lead photo by Ossian Lindholm
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