Quebrada de Humahuaca

The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a ravine ( quebrada ) which near the capital of the Argentine province of Jujuy, San Salvador de Jujuy ( 1259 m) starts, and about 150 kilometers to the town of Humahuaca ( 2950 m ) rises.

The gorge is dominated by the Río Grande de Jujuy, the repeatedly damaged the road and the disused railway line to Humahuaca. The mountains on both sides of the valley are bare and have hardly any vegetation. There are multi-colored rocks.


Major tourist destinations include the following localities:

  • Purmamarca, with the Cerro de los Siete Colores, the mountain of the seven colors
  • Posta de Hornillos
  • Tilcara, where the reconstructed fortress ( Pucara ) Omaguaca the Indians located on a hill in the middle of the valley, which are regarded as indigenous people of the area
  • Humahuaca, the city was founded in 1594 in colonial style, which gave its name to the gorge and is located at almost 3000 meters above sea level.


The Quebrada de Humahuaca was declared in 2003 by UNESCO as part of the Inca Trail World Heritage Site.