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Humahuaca Ravine (Quebrada de Humahuaca)
Humahuaca Ravine (Quebrada de Humahuaca)

Humahuaca Ravine (Quebrada de Humahuaca)

Rio Grande, Purmamarca Village

The Basics

Following Highway 9 north from Salta or San Salvador de Jujuy takes you through the heart of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Highlights include overlooks, archaeological sites, and traditional Andean villages. You also won't want to miss the Painter's Palette in Maimará or the Hill of Seven Colors in Purmamarca, both striking examples of the region's multicolored cliffs. The handicrafts markets in Purmamarca, the pre-Inca ruins of Pucara de Tilcara, the historic adobe church of Uquia, and the grand Monument of Independence in Humahuaca are other noteworthy sites.

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Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca
Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca
$64.26 per adult
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The tour guide was an amazing...
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.
Glen P, Jun 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Salta

star-5
Outstanding scenery!
Armando_V, Mar 2020
Hornocal, 14 colors mountain, trough Humahuaca´s gorge
Great tour, our guides worked very hard to make it enjoyable. Unforgettable scenery! Would recommend.
star-4
We saw the painted mountains-period
Holly_G, Feb 2020
Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara
This was a good tour and hit the highlights. It was a typical tour where you’re dropped off and have to walk past all of the little shops or are dumped in front of a particular restaurant. We walked away from everyone and found much more interesting things. Our guide did not have very good English nor did she describe many of our surroundings on the long drive there. We did see what we’d come to see though and Viator made it easy.
star-5
What an amazing tour. The views were nothing short of spectacular.
Michael_L, Jan 2020
Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca Gorge from Salta
We couldn't believe how wonderful the sites were. I just couldn't stop snapping pictures. And the place that we stopped for lunch was a really great meal. The stop to see where the archaeological site was really great to see. Our tour guide, Carolina was very knowledgeable. And she spent as much time explaining everything in English as well as Spanish. This was a very worthwhile trip.
star-4
Good day out
Allan_P, Nov 2019
Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca
A long day but well worth it. We booked with viator and the travel company was Uma travel. Our guide Maria made all the difference. She was so much fun and made sure English speaking guests were involved as much as spanish. Good driver. Highly recommended for colourful hills and markets.
star-4
Interesting and organised tour
James_A, Aug 2019
Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca
Overall an enjoyable tour, there are lots of varied stops packed in and they are organised so you stop at the areas one one side of the valley out and the other side on the return to get the best from the sunshine. The tour was billed as in English but was mainly Spanish speakers. It felt like most was translated reasonably faithfully. Time on the minibus was worth it overall even though the return leg felt quite long.
star-4
Beautiful tour
Luosha L, Jun 2019
Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara
It is a beautiful tour, you will see different landscape on your way, and William the guide is very kind and helpful.
star-4
Great way to see the scenery
sqschuster, Aug 2018
Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca Gorge from Salta
This tour was a great way to get out of the city and see the amazing surrounding landscape. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. I wish we could have had more time to explore but obviously that's not possible when you have a group tour. Purmamarca was my favorite place, but we only had 40 minutes there. The Incan ruins were also great to visit. Would definitely recommend it but know that you will have a long day in a bus and might not get as much time at each place as you would like. The views out the windows are incredible though!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It's possible to take in the highlights of the ravine on a day trip. Most tours set out from Salta or San Salvador de Jujuy.

  • There are numerous towns and villages throughout the valley, with plenty of options for accommodation, restaurants, and souvenir shopping.

  • Humahuaca Ravine is set at an altitude of about 11,500 feet (3,505 meters). If flying in from Buenos Aires, it may take a day or two to acclimatize.

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How to Get There

Humahuaca runs for some 96 miles (155 kilometers) along the path of the Rio Grande in Northern Argentina, all the way to the border of Bolivia. Highway 9 runs through the valley, and most travelers start their explorations from Salta or San Salvador de Jujuy. Airports in both cities have regular flights to Buenos Aires. Although local buses connect the main towns, it's far easier to explore with your own transport or by joining a tour, especially as many overlooks are located along the road itself.

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When to Get There

Winter (June–September) is one of the most pleasant times to explore the ravine, with dry, sunny days and mild temperatures ideal for sightseeing. The region's indigenous towns host a number of lively festivals and celebrations throughout the year well worth attending. Key events include Pachamacha on August 1, Carnival in early spring, and the Inca religious celebration Inti Rami in June.

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Must-See Sites Around the Quebrada de Humahuaca

Just south of the ravine, the Salta region has a number of sites worth visiting, and many travelers opt to rent a car or join a multi-day tour to combine the two. Don't miss the Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes), the third-largest salt flats in the world; the historic town of San Antonio de los Cobres, the starting point of the legendary Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes); the giant cacti valleys around Cachi; and farther south, the dramatic red-rock formations of the Calchaquí Valley.

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