Discover the unusual landscape of Quebrada de Humahuaca on this full-day excursion from Salta. Travel along an ancient Incan route through multicolored canyons to this gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Stop at small indigenous villages like Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara to view historical adobe churches and ruins. Visit San Salvador de Jujuy, a small city situated among the wooded lowlands, before returning to Salta on Route 9.
Full-day tour of the Quebrada de Humahuaca
Admire stunning views of the mountain gorge, including Seven Colors Hill and Painter’s Palette
Visit Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca, and learn about indigenous cultures
See the Cathedral of San Salvador de Jujuy and Flag’s Hall
Return to Salta via Route 9, a highway with incredible views
Round-trip transport from most Salta hotels included
After pickup at your hotel in Salta, board your comfortable coach for the scenic drive to the 95-mile-long (155-km) valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Through your guide's commentary, learn about how the Incas once used this gorge as a caravan road and later as a commercial route during the colonial period. Arrive in Purmamarca to see Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Colors Hill,) a large natural formation looming over the town. Stroll through the streets of the small village, visiting the cacti-covered church and perusing handicrafts at the local market. Continue toward Tilcara, where you will visit the archaeological museum and the town square. First, stop at a scenic viewpoint on the way into town to see some pre-Incan ruins. Pass through Huacalera, admire the colorful La Pollera de la Coya, and see paintings dating from the 1600s in Uquía. Stop in Humahuaca, the most densely populated city in the area, for a stroll midday. See the Monument of Independence, the local cathedral, and admire paintings from the Cuzco School. Enjoy lunch at your own expense. Heading back toward Salta, you'll pass La Paleta del Pintor (Painter's Palette) and stop in San Salvador de Jujuy. Visit the town's cathedral and the French Baroque–style Flag's Hall before moving on to the Government House. Continue south on winding Route 9, which provides stunning views of local vegetation, the Santa Laura Pass, Campo Alegre and Vaqueros. Arrive back in Salta after your day-long adventure for hotel drop-off.
Reviews by Viator travelers
We really enjoyed this tour : it was...
, Apr 2018
We really enjoyed this tour : it was well organised and rythemed with many stops which was important considering it was a full 12 hour tour ! Only qualm really was the last leg of the drive back where we lost a lot of time in traffic dropping off people in San Salvador de Jujuy
Beautiful landscapes : strongly recommended!
The tour was to some really good locations and the town markets were good and cheap compared with Salta and BA. The day was well timed for most of the day but we missed some of the places that were advertised in the afternoon returning to Salta. We booked to be with an English speaking tour but were on a bus full of Spanish people. The guide spoke really good English but by the time she told all about things in Spanish we were past some things before she got to the English translation. The highlight of the day for me was the rock formations and the people but my family it was the markets. We speak a little Spanish so we had a great day.
The tour guide was an amazing character, the locations were fantastic and, despite being all crammed into one long day it was an emotional experience of local culture that I am never going to forget. Totally recommended! Picked up and dropped off at your hotel, all you need to do is pay and be available on the day and bring a little spending money for food.
The several pictouresque and historical places covered by this tour are so great Tilcara, Uquia, Paleta de los Pintores, as well as Purmamarca and Humahuaca and the tour guide NOEMI of UMA TRAVEL made a remarkable task being so kind. However, weak points in this your are that entrance fee for the Pucara de Tilcara botanical garden is not included in the tour fare and the fact that the lunch featuring local Jujuy food is not included either. To become outstanding this tour should cover both things: the entrance fee to Pucara de Tilcara botanical garden as well the lunch in El Fortin restaurant in Humahuaca.
Our guide Freddy was knowledgeable, friendly, energetic, and enthusiastic to share the sights with us. The driver Fernando was excellent, the coach was clean and comfortable, and our general comfort throughout the day was attended to. It was a great day of sightseeing and learning.