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Purmamarca
Purmamarca, in Jujuy Province, just north of Salta, is considered one of Argentina’s most beautiful villages. The town’s adobe houses and Spanish colonial church are all pretty in their own right, but the backdrop of the spectacular Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors ) makes the area particularly picturesque.

The Basics
The sleepy pueblo of Purmamarca is home to one of Argentina’s oldest and prettiest churches, the centuries-old Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima, which was constructed from adobe and thistle wood and dates back to 1648. The town also serves as a popular base for exploring some of the region’s other natural attractions, including the spectacular Salinas Grandes salt flat and the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley. 

Visitors with limited time can visit the town and the Cerro de los Siete Colores together on a day trip from Jujuy or Salta. If you have time to spend a night in the pueblo, you can take advantage of the dry air and high altitude to do some stargazing. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water; the climate here is hot and dry.
  • If you’re already planning a trip to the Salinas Grandes from Salta, do yourself a favor and stay the night in Purmamarca on the way there or back.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, especially if you want to hike around the colorful hills.
  • One of the largest handicraft markets in Northern Argentina sets up in the city’s main plaza during the day. 

How to Get There
Buses to Purmamarca depart from Jujuy nearly every hour throughout the day; the trip takes a little over an hour. The most convenient way to visit from Salta is to join a guided day trip.

When to Get There
The weather in Purmamarca ranges from 90°F (32°C) in the summer (Oct–Feb) to 70°F (21°C) in winter (May–August), and the town is pleasant to visit all year round. In the summer, head out for a hike in the early morning or evening when the Cerro de los Siete Colores is illuminated in the golden hour glow and the weather isn’t too hot.

What to Eat in Purmamarca
Foodies won’t want to leave Purmamarca without sampling some of the town’s hearty regional cuisine. Restaurants range from rustic to upscale, and most highlight regional ingredients (like corn, llama, and quinoa) and local dishes (like empanadas, tamales, and locro stew). Whatever you order, you can wash your food down with some local Argentine wine from the surrounding regions.
Address: Purmamarca, Salta, Argentina
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Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca

Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca

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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.
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Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta

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Argentina’s wild northwest is home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, and this full-day small-group tour from Salta checks off all the most photo-worthy sights. Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Humahuaca gorge and the ‘Hill of Seven Colors; pose for photos on the startling white salt flats of Salinas Grandes; and shop for handicrafts at the legendary Purmamarca market.
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Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara

Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara

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Explore the extraordinary landscapes and historic gems of Argentina’s wild northwest on this full-day tour from Salta. Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Humahuaca gorge and the ‘Hill of Seven Colors; shop for handicrafts at Purmamarca market; visit the ancient ruins of Tilcara; and admire the legendary Arcabuceros Angels at Uquía Church.
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Full-day Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca from Salta

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Marvel at the diverse landscapes of northwest Argentina on this full-day tour from Salta. Drive along part of the famous Train to the Clouds; visit the mountain towns of Santa Rosa de Tastil and San Antonio de los Cobre; and marvel at natural wonders including the Salinas Grandes salt flats, the Puna de Atacama desert, and the Seven Colored Hill of Purmamarca.
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Full-Day San Antonio, Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca from Salta

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Combine visits to San Antonio de los Cobres, Salinas Grandes, and Purmamarca on this full-day tour from Salta. Additionally, see the great salt flats that have made the area famous, the Hill of Seven Colors, and the Cuesta del Obispo. National Park fees included.
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Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca Full Day Tour from Salta

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Discover the scenic landscapes of Purmamarca and Salinas Grandes on a full-day tour from Salta. Get an early start to travel to the Salinas Grandes salt flats and take in the otherworldly scenery. Continue to the Lipan Slope (Cuesta de Lipan) and marvel at the engineering that allows vehicles to ascend the steep mountain. In charming Purmamarca, your guide shows you the highlights of the village before you head to Humahuaca, located near the multicolored mountains known as the Serranias del Hornocal.
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Hornocal, 14 colors mountain, trough Humahuaca´s gorge

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Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world can be seen in one day on the excursion to Hornocal. The hill of the 14 colors, the entire Humahuaca gorge, visiting the Pucara de Tilcara and the 7-color hill in Purmamarca.
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Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca Gorge from Salta

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Immerse yourself in the landscape and culture of the Humahuaca Gorge region during this 13-hour excursion from Salta. Skip the hassle of renting a car with included round-trip transportation from your hotel. With your guide in the lead, visit highlights of the region including the Uquia Chapel, the town of Purmamarca, and Seven Colors Hill.
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