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San Salvador de Jujuy
San Salvador de Jujuy

San Salvador de Jujuy

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Calle San Martin 450, San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina

The Basics

Don't overlook this city of a quarter million inhabitants, known locally as Jujuy. A stroll through the town reveals a mix of modern and colonial architecture that's often missed in favor of Salta or Tucumán. Learn more about the city’s history, architecture, and culture on a walking tour around town; these tours often include visits to city highlights including the Archaeological Museum, Mitre Theater, Casa de Gobierno, and the 18th-century cathedral in Plaza General Belgrano.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • San Salvador de Jujuy makes an excellent base for outdoor adventure in Argentina’s far northwest.

  • Dress in layers; the dry climate means temperatures often fluctuate drastically.

  • Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

  • Most people in Jujuy speak Spanish, so visiting with a guide is a good idea.

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How to Get There

San Salvador de Jujuy is located approximately 58 miles (93 kilometers) north of Salta, Argentina. It has its own international airport, but it can also be reached by taking Route 9 from Salta. The bus trip takes about 2.5 hours.

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When to Get There

Weather in Jujuy remains warm throughout much of the year, but the best time to visit is in fall (March to May) when temperatures aren’t too hot and conditions aren’t quite so dry. Expect high temperatures and dry conditions in summer (November to January).

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Cerro de los Siete Colores

If you only have time for one excursion from Jujuy, make it the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors). This geological formation features layers of multicolored rocks that serve as a timeline over the last four million years. The formation sits above the town of Purmamarca, known for its adobe architecture and crafts market.

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