Purmamarca is a village in the department Tumbaya in the Province of Jujuy in northwestern Argentina. It lies at an altitude of 2206 meters and is considered the gateway to the Quebrada de Humahuaca. The small Indian village has 2095 inhabitants coined in 2001. Located on the northern outskirts of the village of Purmamarca River flows by and in the south are colored rock formations, for Purmamarca is known.

Purmamarca is a traffic junction on the Ruta Provincial 16 leading westward across Paso de Jama to Susques to Chile. This road is paved up to the border. During the week, the exchange of goods with the neighboring country dominated the market at the weekend tourism. The highest point of this route are the Altos del Morado with 4,170 m.

Three kilometers east of Purmamarca leads the Ruta Nacional 9 from south to north. It combines the 65 km distant provincial capital San Salvador de Jujuy to La Quiaca, the border town with Bolivia and leads to Maimará, Tilcara and Humahuaca passing through the Quebrada de Humahuaca.


Purmamarca was already an old rest stop on the Camino del Inca, long before the Spaniards came. The Spanish local company was established in the 17th century. They registered him. Below the name as they got it handed down by the corn farmers in the area In Quechua the name Pumamarca means " village of the Puma " in Aymara " village of unspoiled earth." Since 1975, Purmamarca is as " Lugar Histórico " ( historical site ) under monument protection.


Purmamarca is known in Argentine and foreign tourists due to its scenic location through which the Río Purmamarca Quebrada de Purmamarca on the edge of the Puna and Quebrada de Humahuaca at the entrance to. The townscape is dominated by colonial buildings, complemented by modern hotels, Hostels and restaurants in the traditional adobe construction. The craft market mediates days a bustle that goes at night into a silence.

Well-known tourist destinations

  • Cerro de los Siete Colores. The 'Mountain of Seven Colors " is part of the Cordillera Oriental and is located west of Purmacarca. The Cerro de los Siete Colores is product of complex geological processes that dragged on for a period of 600 million years. The various layers of color are the result of marine, lake and river sediments, which passed through additional tectonic movements of the earth to its present form.
  • Paseo de los Colorados. The 3 kilometer long trail offers a glimpse on molded by nature sculptures on the mountain slopes in the back Purmamarcas.
  • Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima. Built in the classic style of the Quebrada whitewashed adobe church from 1648 in 1941 declared a national monument. Inside the church there are woodwork Cardon, the wood of the candelabra cactus. On the walls of the nave church hang oil paintings anonymous 18th century painter from the painting school of ancient Cuzco, including the Virgen de Cocharcas, La Piedad and the Immaculate Conception, in addition to the patron saints of the church of Santa Rosa de Lima.
  • Algarrobo Histórico. The age of the carob tree beside the church is estimated to be around 1000 years.
  • Feria Artesanal. The craft market is open all year around the main square of the town.


  • January. Under the Algarrobo Histórico gather the Copleros to the shade of the tree to sing the verses of their ancestors.
  • March. The Carnival, on the first weekend in March. He starts on Saturday with the selling of Karnevallsteufels and ends on Wednesday. The carnival is not to be compared with that of Brazil and has its own tradition.
  • August. The fiesta in honor of Santa Rosa de Lima is held every year on August 30.