Jujuy is located in the north of Argentina, here you will be able to see wonderful colored mountains anywhere you go.
The most known places here in Jujuy are Purmamarca, Tilcara, and Humahuaca.
La quiaca which is the most northern town of Argentina isn’t that of a touristic site, but if you are planning to get to Bolivia this a by pass city.
The town of Purmamca is well known for the hill of the seven colors or “Cerro de los Siete colores” in Spanish.
Purmamarca’s height is at 2300 meters above sea level so sunlight is strong during the day. Remember to take sun screen with you!
What to do in Purmamarca?
Besides contemplating the wonderful hill, Purmamarca offers you several activities you can do.
At 126km (78 miles) from Purmamarca, you can meet the Salinas Grandes at 4100 meters above sea level, one of the largest depressions in the province with more than 12,000 hectares of salt that dazzles by the infinite vastness of the white color that confirm them.
Next to Purmamarca you can visit “El Camino de Los colores”, this is a trek you should do if you want to see how colors start to change as you walk, it is simply amazing!!
As you arrive at Jujuy province, you will start to see a lot of traditional clothes and accessories you can buy.
Tip: If you want to save some money you will find the same merchandise as you go more into the north because easily 70% of it comes from Villazon, Bolivia
I recommend buying a sweater made of llama wool, they’re really comfy and will keep you warm!
Hostels here in purmamarca cost about 200 pesos (11.4 USD) and campings 100 (5.7 Usd)
Tip: If you are trying to save money there are campings that cost 50/60 pesos, you just have to get away from the town for about 1km and you will find them, they’re always full of backpackers so don’t worry! Remember to ask for billy’s place, that’s the way the campings are located.
The town of Tilcara is similar to Purmamarca’s. You will find the same stores and merchandisers. These two towns are most touristic sites from Jujuy ( I mean in terms of quantity of people and urbanization but they’re still small places)
What can you do in Tilcara?
If you like trekking you can go to the “Garganta del Diablo” cascade, it is a two-hour walk to get there and this is what you’ll see. It is not possible to make it by bike 😦
Here in Tilcara you can also visit the botanical garden in altitude where you will see a lot of different cactus.
The town is surrounded by mountains and amazing views! I recommend to rent a bike and go where you want! But remember this is an altitude city so you will get tired faster.
During the month of January and February, the carnival is the main protagonist in Tilcara. In this expected time of year, the streets of Tilcara and neighboring villages, like Maimará, dress in festivity and various colors!
This city has a colonial aspect, its narrow and cobbled streets worthy of walking were until the end of the 19th century one of the most important commercial centers of the Upper Peru.
What to do here in Humahuaca?
I highly recommend you to visit the Cerro Hornocal, can take a pickup truck that costs 150 pesos per person and it will take you to this spectacular place 25km (15km) from Humahuaca at 4760 meters above sea level so remember to wrap yourself because it can be windy and cold up there!
Trekking to Peña Blanca
Peña blanca is located at 2km from Humahuaca here you can see the famous Quebrada de Humahuaca.
Trip to Iruya
From Humahuaca you can go to Iruya, a beautiful mountain village located at about 80 km from Humahuaca ( 3/4 hour trip). Here you can find campings at 50 pesos (2.85 USD the night and hostels about 100 (5.7 Usd)
I recommend you trying empanadas! Local specialty.
If you’re searching for a calm place where you can see amazing stars San Isidro is the place to go! It is a 2 hour walk to get to this small mountain village. I recommend staying a night here, lodging costs a 100 pesos.