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Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • Full-day tour of the Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Visit Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca, and learn about indigenous cultures
  • See the Cathedral of San Salvador de Jujuy and Flag’s Hall
  • Round-trip transport from most Salta hotels included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Entrance fee to Tilcara Ruins (U$S 7,00)

Departure Point

Salta, Salta, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina

Traveler pickup is offered
The pick up transfer is only from selected centrally located hotels. If your hotel is outside the geographic area, we will confirm you the closest meeting point. Indicate the name and address of your hotel.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup at your hotel in Salta, board your comfortable coach for the scenic drive to the 95-mile-long (155-km) valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Through your guide's commentary, learn about how the Incas once used this gorge as a caravan road and later as a commercial route during the colonial period. 

Arrive in Purmamarca to see Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Colors Hill,) a large natural formation looming over the town. Stroll through the streets of the small village, visiting the cacti-covered church and perusing handicrafts at the local market. 

Continue toward Tilcara, where you will visit the archaeological museum and the town square. First, stop at a scenic viewpoint on the way into town to see some pre-Incan ruins. Pass through Huacalera, admire the colorful La Pollera de la Coya, and see paintings dating from the 1600s in Uquía.

Stop in Humahuaca, the most densely populated city in the area, for a stroll midday. See the Monument of Independence, the local cathedral, and admire paintings from the Cuzco School. Enjoy lunch at your own expense. 

Heading back toward Salta, you'll pass La Paleta del Pintor (Painter's Palette) and stop in San Salvador de Jujuy. Visit the town's cathedral and the French Baroque–style Flag's Hall before moving on to the Government House. 

Continue south on winding Route 9, which provides stunning views of local vegetation, the Santa Laura Pass, Campo Alegre and Vaqueros. Arrive back in Salta after your day-long adventure for hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Quebrada de Humahuaca
The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a 95-mile-long (155-km) mountain valley and ravine in the Jujuy province of northwestern Argentina. The Río Grande flows through the gorge during the summer. During the ride, learn about how this UNESCO World Heritage site once served as a caravan road for the Incans, later as a pivotal commercial route during the colonial period and also saw battles during the Argentine War of Independence.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Hill of Seven Colors
When you arrive in the picturesque village of Purmamarca, walk by the church and note its organ-pipe cacti-covered roof, and peruse the jewelry and wool rugs at the craft market. The unforgettable sight here, however, lies at the end of the road, looming over town: Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Colors Hill), with striated hues ranging from cream to green to a deep plum.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pucara de Tilcara
Continue north to Tilcara in the heart of the quebrada. Just outside the town, climb a hilltop to see the pre-Incan fortress ruins of Pucará, and enjoy sweeping views of the valley. Then head back to the town square to visit the archeological museum.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cerro Pollera de la Coya
Then head back to the town square to visit the archeological museum. Pass through Huacalera, and while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn road, admire the multicolored La Pollera de la Coya hill.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Uquia Turismo
In Uquía, see 17th-century paintings by indigenous students of the Cuzco School, a Roman Catholic artistic institution founded in Peru.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia
Around midday, arrive at Humahuaca, your northernmost stop and the most densely populated town in the quebrada. Stroll past white colonial buildings lining the cobblestoned streets, climb a flight of steps to see the Monument of Independence built in 1950 and gaze out onto the Río Grande valley.Visit the local cathedral and observe more Cuzco School paintings, and then enjoy lunch in town (own expense); feel free to ask your knowledgeable guide for recommendations on where to eat.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Las Paletas Del Pintor
After lunch, head back south and pass by La Paleta del Pintor (Painter’s Palette), a series of triangular jags in distinct stripes of rose, green and ocher that form a natural tableau framing the town of Maimará.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
San Salvador de Jujuy
Stop in San Salvador de Jujuy, situated at the southern end of the gorge. Visit the French-Baroque Flag’s Hall and see the flag bestowed by General Belgrano to the city following the Battle of Salta. Inside San Salvador de Jujuy Cathedral, admire the wood-carved pulpit laminated in gold. Passing by the Government House, ponder over the allegorical statues by native Lola Mora.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Catedral de San Salvador de Jujuy
Inside San Salvador de Jujuy Cathedral, admire the wood-carved pulpit laminated in gold.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dique La Cienaga
Keep heading south via the narrow and winding Route 9 for views of subtropical vegetation, the Santa Laura Pass, the dam of La Cienaga (the Swamp), Las Maderas and Campo Alegre, and travel through Vaqueros before arriving back at your hotel in Salta.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a jacket/sweater and sunscreen
  • You may bring your own food and drinks
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tangol

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca.

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  • "It is very easy to estimate the pickup time and just update the guests, so they do not need to wait so long." See review

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star-3
Not value for its price
Elena
, Feb 2020
We took 4 tours from Salta and this one was the most boring (and expensive!). No stops at view points, no photo-stops except of towns, very poor and lazy translation into English (like 20% of all the info that guide told in Spanish).
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Dear Elena Avrutina, We are very sorry that the excursion did not meet all your expectations. For the regular tours we have specific areas where the bus stop and guides explains the most important and relevant points. The guide who made the excursion is graduated and has received intensive training in our tours.However, we take this feedback and forward it to the guide as an opportunity to improve our services. We hope you enjoyed the beautiful landscapes of Salta and Jujuy. We hope to have you back so that you can enjoy the quality of our services and thus reverse your opinion. We appreciate your comments as they help us to improve our services. Kind regards.
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star-3
Trip was OK, but waaay too long pick-up time, very unnecessary
kate
, Feb 2020
There was one important point which made the trip not that appealing: it is lack of organization while picking up the guests from the hotels. We were informed to be ready outside the hotel at 7:00 a.m. (not from... to..., but exactly at that time) as the bus will come to pick us up. We ended-up waiting 45 minutes for the bus. We thought something happened, started even calling the main agency in Buenos Aires. Others said they wasted 1.5 hour waiting for the bus to come, althought it was not that early in the morning. It is very easy to estimate the pickup time and just update the guests, so they do not need to wait so long. So we were picked-up the last and then we were dropped to the hotel also last. In consequence we spend 1.5 hour in total for extra pick-up / drop-off time. Very unefficiently organized.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Dear Kate! We're sorry to hear that the pick up/drop off took so long. As it is a regular transfer, there are other passengers who are taking the same vehicle. For this reason, passengers must wait at the hotel reception. In case you need a specific pick-up time, we have private transfer services. Our first voucher indicates an estimated pick up time, but then we send through the web site an approximate schedule. We apologize if it wasn't clear enough. Despite your disappointment, we hope you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it helps us to improve our services. Kind regards!
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star-4
Good day out
kayandallan100
, Nov 2019
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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star-3
Excellent guide, bad food
katieesims
, Nov 2019
Really enjoyed the tour guide! However there were too many rushed visits. Also the food at the restaurant was not great, if you book this tour then eat somewhere else than the recommended restaurant.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Dear Katie We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the knowledge of our guide. About the food, we recommend places where you can have a quality lunch during the tour, we regret that it did not meet your expectations, and we will send your comments to improve the services and recommendations. We really appreciate your time to write this review! Will be a pleasure to assist you in your next visit! Kind regards!
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star-1
Terrible tour. Waste of time and money
robertQ508BR
, Oct 2019
This tour booked by me from Canada through Viator that was operated by Tangol tours out of Salta was terrible. Our guide only spoke Spanish which meant we had no way of understanding any relevant information provided to the wholly Spanish speaking tourists with whom we were joined up. The restaurant that we were herded into in Humahmarca was horrible. The food was terrible and I was served uncooked chicken. Lunch was not included in the tour price and we had to pay for the horrible meal. We would have done better finding our own restaurant of which there were many. Our tour returned to Salta 2 and 1/2 hours late due to a health issue with one passenger. If we had spoken Spanish there may have been some value to the tour.Overall a terrible experience. I wont be using Viator or Tangol in the future.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Dear Robert Kallird, We are very sorry to hear about your disappointment. We would like to apologise for what happened. Our reservation team in Salta did a mistake when they were confirming the language guide. We sincerely understand your position. Unfortunately, we had not been notified of the mistake so we could change the vehicle and guide immediatly. We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit us at another time so that you can reverse your opinion of our company. We appreciate your comments as it helps us to improve the quality of our services. Kind regards, Tangol Travel Agency
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star-4
Interesting and organised tour
Witless_Protection
, Aug 2019
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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We really enjoyed this tour : it was...
markaleverton
, Apr 2018
We really enjoyed this tour : it was well organised and rythemed with many stops which was important considering it was a full 12 hour tour ! Only qualm really was the last leg of the drive back where we lost a lot of time in traffic dropping off people in San Salvador de Jujuy Beautiful landscapes : strongly recommended!
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The tour was to some really good...
Darryl S
, Jul 2017
The tour was to some really good locations and the town markets were good and cheap compared with Salta and BA. The day was well timed for most of the day but we missed some of the places that were advertised in the afternoon returning to Salta. We booked to be with an English speaking tour but were on a bus full of Spanish people. The guide spoke really good English but by the time she told all about things in Spanish we were past some things before she got to the English translation. The highlight of the day for me was the rock formations and the people but my family it was the markets. We speak a little Spanish so we had a great day.
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star-5
The tour guide was an amazing...
Glen P
, Jun 2017
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.
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star-3
The several pictouresque and...
Martin V
, Feb 2017
The several pictouresque and historical places covered by this tour are so great Tilcara, Uquia, Paleta de los Pintores, as well as Purmamarca and Humahuaca and the tour guide NOEMI of UMA TRAVEL made a remarkable task being so kind. However, weak points in this your are that entrance fee for the Pucara de Tilcara botanical garden is not included in the tour fare and the fact that the lunch featuring local Jujuy food is not included either. To become outstanding this tour should cover both things: the entrance fee to Pucara de Tilcara botanical garden as well the lunch in El Fortin restaurant in Humahuaca.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Dear Martin Thank you for sharing your experience with us The north of our country is one of those hidden treasures of South America. The colors, the climate, and the landscape are the memories that the traveler brings with him when he visits this part of the country. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the knowledge of our guide. Your words make us very happy. Thank you for leaving us your comments about the food and the entrance to the botanical garden. Your suggestion helps us to get closer to the preferences of our customers. We look forward to hosting you on a future visit.
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