From there, after traveling on a bit further, you’ll arrive to another of the area’s great attractions: Salinas Grandes, an awe-inspiring salt flat of twelve thousand hectares squared. The following descent through Cuesta de Lipán will allow you to come out in Purmamarca, one of the most popular destinations in Quebrada de Humahuaca and an ideal place to spend the night. In this town, at the foot of the majestic Cerro de los Siete Colores (Spanish for ‘Mountain of Seven Colors’) and with an unmissable artisanal market in the main plaza, travelers will be able to slowly but surely continue discovering the ancestral culture of the north.
And an excellent way to do just that is by sampling the typical cuisine. Empanadas, special stews known as locros and guisos, steamed corn cakes known as humitas and tamales, lamb and llama meat are just a few of the specialties that can be enjoyed in this region, as well as in the neighboring ones.
And, in Tilcara and Humahuaca, the perfect vacation formula is repeated: beautiful landscapes with a large dose of history and a strong local identity. In the first, Garganta del Diablo Canyon and the Pucará Ruins, a reconstructed fort, are two excursions which mustn’t be neglected. In Humahuaca, a visit to Los Héroes de la Independencia Monument, located right in front of the main square at the top of Santa Bárbara hill, is unmissable stop on any itinerary. It’s a tribute to the Argentinian Army and indigenous squadrons that fought in the war of the same name, that will help you delve a little deeper into the fascinating history of this part of the country. Between both points on the map, Uquía Chapel, a spot with only a few adobe houses and little affluence from tourism, is home to one of the rare collections of paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels that’s still conserved in the country.
These particular representations of the winged beings were produced by the cuzquen school of art. For the perfect combination of nature and culture in all its forms, Quebrada de Humahuaca is one of those few incredible places that there’ll always be reasons to come back to.