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Purmamarca

Purmamarca

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Purmamarca, Purmamarca, Salta

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salta

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Aliaksandr_K, Mar 2020
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
Long trip, but views are amazing. Small bus with enough legroom. Guides are very polite and helpful. A lot of info in Spanish, less in English
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We saw the painted mountains-period
hollygunn10, 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.
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Hike with Fabricio
prestonr952, Dec 2019
Trekking Purmamarca
Fabricio was an excellent guide and we are so glad we did this on our first morning in Purnamarca because he explained so much about the geology and flora and fauna and we were able to really appreciate the region on the following days. He was very good at accommodating our hiking pace and I highly recommend him! Preston Read and family
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Good day out
kayandallan100, 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.
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Interesting and organised tour
Witless_Protection, 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.
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Salt Flats & 7-Colored Mtns were very cool to see! The tour made them accessible in 1 day
AlexSEA2019, Nov 2019
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
I loved visiting the salt flats & 7-colored mountains, but the description of what you do on the tour should be more specific. I was hoping to visit Humahuaca & the 14-colored mountains, but that was not on the itinerary. "with trekking & more" is not explicit enough. Also, while I liked our tour guide, he did 85% of his talking in Spanish, while it was explicitly advertised as an English tour. Half of us were sitting there, wondering what he was talking about with the Spanish-speaking passengers (our translation was a short bit, and then he was back to Spanish again), and felt like we were not getting the full experience and education about the places we were visiting. I fully realize I need to improve my Spanish, but when I booked the tour, I expected to be hearing mostly English.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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