Tilcara (actually: San Francisco de Tilcara ) is the capital of the departments in the province of Jujuy Tilcara at the confluence of the Río Grande de Jujuy and the Río Huasamayo in northwestern Argentina. It has 5,640 inhabitants (2001, INDEC ), located at an altitude of 2,456 meters and is located in 84 kilometers from the provincial capital San Salvador de Jujuy, off the Ruta Nacional 9 Through its both scenic and traffic- preferred location in a boiler-type broadening of the Quebrada de Humahuaca is the place for tourist relay station for tours through the Quebrada de Humahuaca and Puna has evolved.


Tilcara is especially due to its location in the midst of multi-colored mountain landscapes, because of its buildings from the colonial era, its vibrant indigenous culture, and because of the archaeological excavations at the Pucara that the nickname "Capital of archeology " brought of the city, interesting. Another attraction are the feasts: The folkloric embossed Enero Tilcareño in the second half of January and the traditional carnival in February.


  • Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario. The construction of the church began in 1797, the inauguration took place but not until 1865. Their outer walls are made of adobe. The interior is dominated by six scenes of the Virgin, which date from the painting school of Cuzco. Throughout its history, the church underwent several modifications. The Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario was declared a National Monument.
  • Plaza principal. Around the central square are the business of the arts and crafts market that offer the products of the region.
  • Jardin Botanico de Altura. At the foot of the Pucara de Tilcara, on the left bank of the Río Grande, is a daily open, remarkable botanical highland region in which the flora of the Puna and the Quebrada de Humahuaca was united.
  • Pucara de Tilcara. The biggest attraction in Tilcara is the Pucara, a reconstructed fort Omaguaca the Indians, who are regarded as indigenous people of the area.
  • Garganta del Diablo. Trail to a waterfall of the river Huasamaya near Tilcara.


Tilcara offers a blend of Indian tradition, colonial and modern buildings and an artists' village that attracts painters and sculptors from the region and the rest of Argentina for decades.

Museums and galleries in Tilcara

  • Museo Regional de Pintura " José A. Terry ." Regional Museum with the works of the painter José Antonio Terry in his place of work. At the same workshop and cultural center.
  • Archaeological Museum " Dr. Eduardo Casanova ". The Archaeological Museum is an integral part of the Instituto Interdisciplinario Tilcara and has over 5,000 exhibits from the countries of Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Emphasis will be exhibits from the Quebrada de Humahuaca and Puna.
  • Museo de Esculturas " Ernesto Soto Avendaño ". The museum displays 42 plaster sculptures by the artist who created the monument to the independence of Humahuaca.
  • Museo de Pintura Irureta. Founded in 1987 by Hugo Irureta and Maria de las Mercedes Ramírez museum which features more than 150 paintings. Temporary exhibitions show works of contemporary artists from the northwest of Argentina.
  • Museo Fundación " Medardo Pantoja ". Medardo Pantoja is one of a number of artists who come from Tilcara. He was a student of Lino Enea Spilimbergo in Buenos Aires and is reflected in his works, people, landscapes and customs of northwestern Argentina. The museum also serves as a cultural center.
  • Museo del Escultor " Alfredo Yacussi ". Collection of sculptures and works of the artist (as well as other artists of the region) in his home and studio.
  • Museo de las ermitas. Religious allegories of the Cross from flower petals and seeds of various fruits.


  • Semana Santa ( Holy Week) with pilgrimage to the Virgen de Copacabana del Abra de Punta Corral. The highlight of the annual festival calendar is the pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Virgen de Copacabana in Punta Corral. It takes place during Holy Week and is accompanied by more than 1,500 musicians from the province with their traditional instruments. In the villages of so -called " ermitas " prepared for the reception of pilgrims, showing biblical scenes from flower blossoms and seeds.