Purmamarca and the North of Salta

Purmamarca and the North of Salta

To the North of Salta, passed Jujuy is the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley 150 km long. It follows the line of a major cultural route, the Camino Inca, along the spectacular valley of the Rio Grande,

Several interesting towns and villages are located along the quebrada, like Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca, close to the border with Bolivia.

We spent a few days in Purmamarca, a touristic but still quaint village with a handicraft market, situated at the beginning of Route 52 (leading to Paso de Jama).  Purmamarca is surrounded by the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colours) which shows its colorful face to the town. The best way to admire it is to take a walk on the Paseo de los Colorados, a short trek around town. It’s also a good starting point to explore the Salinas Grandes.  However with an ascent of more than 2,000m in a short distance, watch the puna!

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The Quebrada de Humahuaca and Purmamarca were declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.