22/11/2017 Travel

North of Argentina: 17 places to meet in Jujuy

We present a list of the best tourist spots of Jujuy you can meet in your next vacation


Photo: Camila Gavieiro/LANA


The particularity of this territory that extends in 53.219 km2, is that it crosses the Tropic of Capricorn. Its varied geography is appreciated in the valleys, highlands and jungles that make up this province, with temperatures that become extreme.

The colonial past of this place is reflected in its old churches, some of them surrounded by colorful hills that rise between the villages. The artisanal markets, the native food and the parks that are there, are excellent routes to travel accompanied by the sympathy of the residents.



Photo: Susana Gorostidy/LANA

Tourist attractions in Jujuy

to. Humahuaca

 It is the most known point and its landscapes, customs and history earned it the recognition of UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. All the towns that make up the Quebrada offer accommodation and places to eat, as well as a service station open all day. Below, a list of its towns and attractions that you can not miss.

1. Maimará

It means "star that falls" in the indigenous language of its ancient settlers, the Maimarás and tilcaras Indians that are still visualized in some customs of the inhabitants. It is located in the center of the Quebrada and its spectacular mountains are known as "Paletas del Pintor" due to the colors they present.

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Our Lady of La Candelaria Church.

Historical Museum Posta de Hornillos.

Cemetery with architectural details of the early twentieth century.


2. Purmamarca

Its name in the Aymara language refers to "people of the virgin land" and is located 3 kilometers east of the national route number 9 at the foot of Cerro Siete Colores, with its fabulous chromatic spectrum that decorates the surroundings of the village. The constructions in adobe, cardón and mud give it a unique aspect

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Church, which was declared a National Monument for its architecture and paintings in the interior.

Craft fair: pots, carpets, ponchos, musical instruments, clothes.

Horseback riding


Trekking in the Cerro Siete Colores.


Photo: Susana Gorostidy/LANA

3. Tilcara

Near the Rio Grande on the national route number 9, is characterized by its adobe buildings and steep streets that remain cheerful all year round due to traditional festivals such as the making of the hermitages at Easter and the parties of Tilcareño, Chicha, the Comadre, the Pachamama and the summer Carnival. Its fauna is made up of vicuñas, guanacos, foxes, ferrets, vizcachas and condors.

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Excursions in 4 x 4 in Cerro Morado.


Mountain bike.

Horseback riding

Sandboard in the dunes.

Picture gallery.

Sculpture Museum.

Museum of the Carnival.

Botanical garden height.

4. Huacalera

Location where the Tropic of Capricorn passes historically known by the event linked to the body of General Lavalle, whose soft parts were buried near the chapel to avoid the capture of his enemies. The history that surrounds it permanently is the main fort of this place.

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Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

Posta de Huacalera, oldest colonial settlement.

School of the year 1825.

Colonial Jesuit mill.

Pucará de Molla archaeological site.

5. Uquía

It has a railway station in tribute to the national senator Domingo T. Pérez, who held the political office for 30 years. It is accessed by route 9 and the few vicuñas that remain in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, are usually found in this locality.

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Colonial church, declared a National Historical Monument.

Nursery of Vicuñas.

6. Humahuaca

City that presents differentiated climatic zones due to the amount of geographic accidents that conform it, arriving at 38º C in the day and -10º C in the night. It has narrow stone streets dotted with lanterns and adobe houses. It is advisable to walk slowly due to the height at which it is located.

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Archaeological ruins of Coctaca, Peñas Blancas and Chulín.

Monument to Independence .

Regional Archaeological Museum.



b. San Salvador de Jujuy

The historic center of this place is located on mountains that embellish the environment along with the variety of rivers that reach the area. Both the capital city with its various tourist services, as the town of Yala full of lagoons and Tremas de Reyes accommodation, are places you must go if you walk through San Salvador de Jujuy.


Photo: Susana Gorostidy/LANA

7. Capital city

Located in the south of the province, it is well prepared to receive tourists through its international airport and is surrounded by mountains, rivers and lagoons. It is also known as the "Tacita de Plata" with its Hispanic vestiges from the colonial era. In the case of the capital, the supply of activities is extremely varied.

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Photographic safaris.

Cultural tourism.

Cathedral Basilica of San Salvador de Jujuy.

Basilica of San Francisco.


8. Yala

It flows into the Rio Grande and is an important attraction in the province due to its proximity to the capital (14 kilometers), which offers a wide range of services. The waterfalls of the Yala lagoons are undoubtedly a natural sight worth knowing.

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Provincial Park Potrero de Yala, with magnificent lagoons.

Santiago Apostle Parish.

9. Termas de Reyes

Reyes thermal water has 50º C and is good for the body because it purifies the blood, eliminates toxins, is analgesic and antispasmodic. It is a good accommodation option to spend a few days of relaxation.

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Massage session.

Fangotherapy treatment.

Swimming supervised by teachers.



c. Puna

In Quechua language it means "high altitude region" and precisely, it is a sector of high mountain plateaus in the center of the Andes mountain range, with a cold climate (average of 6ºC to -7ºC) and low pressure. The altiplano continues through the provinces of Salta, Tucumán and Catamarca.

10. Abra Pampa

It works as a link between the Puna and the jungles and valleys, located at the foot of Cerro Huancar, which is an ideal opportunity for those who enjoy risk sports or other mountain activities.

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Train station.

Historical Archaeological Museum Leopoldo Abán.


Cerro Huancar.

Natural Monument Laguna de los Pozuelos.

 11. The Quiaca

Located on the border between Argentina and Bolivia, it forms a valley surrounded by hills and features adobe buildings that have been revoked. Before the Spanish colonization, it was inhabited by the Incas, a culture that is still seen in some of the customs of the current population.

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I saw it already.

Hill of the Seven Brothers.

Mythical festivities in homage to Pachamama.


Photo: Susana Gorostidy/LANA


12. Susques

It is one of the highest places in Argentina, reason that leads to take the necessary errands for those who do not usually stay on the heights. It has a splendid diversity of colors between its mountains with snowy peaks and the freezing temperatures vary between -23ºC and 3ºC.

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Our Lady of Bethlehem Parish

Chivito roasts.

Crafts in stone and ceramics.

Wool ponchos.

13. Casabindo

In the indigenous language of its former population, it means "frozen sink" because of its temperatures reaching -20ºC in winter. Its church is an important tourist attraction because of its painted bell towers and its half-barrel vault.

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Bullfighting party of the headband, a particular celebration in which the bulls are not killed or injured, but a band of cloth previously placed on the horns is removed.

Church of 1722.


d. Yungas and valleys

The yungas are jungles whose lush vegetation contrasts with the mountains and highlands of the rest of Jujuy. There you will find several hot springs and parks that will build an alternative route for those who want to get away from the mountainous or arid areas of the rest of the province.


14. Calilegua

It means "stone lookout" in the language of pre-Hispanic cultures that lived there. Its economy is based on the cultivation of vegetables, sugarcane, coffee, citrus and banana, as well as the exploitation of them and even their export. The temperatures are high, being able to reach 46ºC.

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Calilegua National Park.

Adventure trip.

Saint Matthew Parish.

15. San Francisco.

It allows an approach to the life of the valley and the treatment of the crops that are a fundamental part of its economy. It has an Internet connection, a particular feature that solves some communication problems that this area presents.

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Termas del río Jordán.

Ascent to the mountains.



16. Valle Grande.

Main locality of the homonymous department that is in the biosphere reserve of the Yungas, an area recognized by UNESCO to meet the needs of the people who live there, through institutions that allow its sustainable development in a natural environment.

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Waterfalls of the Loza stream.

Mountains and forests for camping.



Horseback riding (2 hours).

Our Lady of Mercy Parish.

17. Caimancito

Its tropical climate reaches high temperatures throughout the year, except in winter whose minimum reaches 10º. The fauna is varied, being able to find from different types of vipers, iguanas, monkeys, anteaters, pumas, yaguaretés, toucans and parrots, among other animals that live there.

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Annual pilgrimage to the San Cayetano Church.

Carnival of the Yungas.

Hot springs