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Discover the unusual landscape of Quebrada de Humahuaca on this 12-hour 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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca

Check out the Cathedral of San Salvador de Jujuy!

After pickup at your hotel in Salta, board your comfortable coach for the approximate 2-hour 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.

Customer Reviews

MARIE E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent guide
Amazing scenery in this UNESCO world heritage site

Valerie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved the tour - so many beautiful sights to see! Eva was a fantastic tour guide.

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Guide spoke very good english

John C. T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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.

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Cynthia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

The trip was amazing! Hasan, our guide was very knowledgeable. The sights are breathtaking. Lunch in Humahuaca was a good introduction to the local cuisine. We were a small group of 7 people which it more intimate.

Miss Janet A S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

An interesting day

Evangelos K

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Great tour, knowledgeable guide. Would've preferred to have spent a bit more time in the two main towns we visited but would certainly recommend this tour.

Christian H

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Guide very friendly, good english explanations and a lot of information about the places and the history of the area

shazclarke2

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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