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The North

 
 

Salta - Jujuy

 

Argentina North-West landscape

Tren a las nubes - Train to the clouds

Jujuy - Salta - Argentina

Northern provinces feature traces of pre-Columbian cultures, mingled with ruins of natives’ villages, as well as forts and constructions dating back to the time of the Conquest and Colonization.
Time seems to stand still in the high plateau of the Puna, a land full of mountain ranges, steep mountain paths, and gorges. Villages have been built in the small valleys. Multi-coloured and monochromatic hills covered with huge cactuses on the slopes surround the village.
This region offers landscapes full of contrast for tourists to enjoy, from the high peaks to the plains, the salt pans, and the subtropical rain forests, where Latin American culture took root.

 

Salta

Things to do

Adventure Tourism. Climbing snow-covered peaks, canoeing and windsurfing in the reservoirs, and trekking in the national parks. Adventurous journeys, horseback-riding, mountain-biking, ecotourism, bird watching and rural tourism.Bungee-jumping, paragliding and hang-gliding.

Archaeological Tourism. Cuevas Pintadas (cave paintings), Santa Rosa de Tastil (pre-Incas ruins), Mount Llullaillaco and Quebrada de Colomé.

Health Tourism. Thermal waters in Rosario de la Frontera.

Sport fishing in the region’s streams, rivers, and reservoirs.

Golf in Salta and Rosario de la Frontera.

Peñas folklóricas. There are typical in Salta. They are places where you can go for dinner or to have a drink while enjoying guitar music, songs, and traditional dances.

Casino in Salta city.
 

Places to visit

SALTA "THE BEAUTIFUL". Its name comes from the Aymará word "sagta", which means "the very beautiful one". This city has the best preserved colonial architecture in the country. Its most significant buildings surround the main square: the Cathedral, the Cabildo or Town Council which houses the Museo Histórico del Norte (North Historical Museum); the Casa de Uriburu and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts). The church of San Francisco has one of the highest church towers in America (53 m) and the Convento de San Bernardo belongs to the Carmelite Order.

TREN A LAS NUBES - "TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS"
This 219 Km long railway starts at the provincial capital and crosses the giant iron viaduct La Polvorilla, which is 4,182 m above sea level. It also crosses the Valle de Lerma and goes through the Quebrada del Toro, getting as high as the Puna.

THE CARDÓN CULTURE. In Los Cardones National Park you will find the cardón, a species of cactus that can grow over 6 m in height. Its woody stem was used by the indians of the region to thatch their houses. Today, it is used for doors, windows, and furniture.

NATIONAL PARKS: EL REY AND BARITÚ. Both parks are in mountainous areas and have a wide variety of subtropical flora and fauna.

VALLES CALCHAQUÍES. Beautiful landscapes, colourful mountains, and historical villages like Cafayate, San Carlos, Angastaco, Molinos and Cachi.

Jujuy

Departing from San Salvador de Jujuy, we reach this natural road leading to the altiplano (high plateau). Vividly coloured landscapes frame a group of villages with adobe houses, historical chapels and Pre-Hispanic ruins, where time seems to stand still.
One of the most beautiful villages is Purmamarca, an indigenous village lying against the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven-colour Mount) which strata illustrates various geological ages. Further on, there is an area of mountains with bright-coloured stripes, known as La Paleta del Pintor (The Artist's Pallet), in Maimará. One of the most outstanding attractions in this ravine is the Pucará de Tilcara, a fortified town built by the Omaguaca natives in pre-Columbian times. A monolith marks the Tropic of Capricorn, where each June 21st at midday the sun casts an exactly perpendicular shadow, and the celebration of the aborigines’ new year begins (Inti Raymi - Sun Festival). Humahuaca was founded by the Spanish by the end of the XVI century. Its church and Carnival Museum exhibit some of the region’s customs. Approximately 12 Km away, the mysterious ruins of what used to be terraces for growing Coctaca can be seen.
Quebrada de Humahuaca was declared World Cultural Landscape by the UNESCO in July 2nd 2003.

Things to do

TREKKING in Quebrada de Humahuaca, the Puna, and Calilegua National Park.

THERMAL SPA. Relaxing in the Termas de Reyes.

POPULAR FIESTAS. Colourful carnivals in La Quiaca and Quebrada de Humahuaca. Holy Week in Yavi and Tilcara. Festivities in homage to the Patron Virgin in Humahuaca and Casabindo, where religiousness and pagan rites are intermingled. Fiesta Nacional de los Estudiantes in San Salvador de Jujuy.
 

Places to visit

SAN SALVADOR DE JUJUY. Capital of the Province. In the main square stands the Cabildo (Town Council), the Cathedral, and the Casa de Gobierno (Government House). The chapel of Santa Bárbara, with tiled roof, is the oldest church in town. Juan Galo Lavalle Provincial History Museum and the Provincial Archaeology Museum are also worth visiting.

YALA LAGOONS AND TERMAS DE REYES. Places of outstanding natural beauty, close to San Salvador de Jujuy.

QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA. Vividly coloured landscapes frame a group of villages where time seems to stand still. One of the most beautiful villages is Purmamarca, an indigenous village lying against the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven-colour Mount) which strata illustrates various geological ages. Further on, there is an area of mountains with bright-coloured stripes, known as La Paleta del Pintor (The Artist's Pallet), in Maimará. One of the most outstanding attractions in this ravine is the Pucará de Tilcara, a fortified town built by the Omaguaca natives in pre-Columbian times. A monolith marks the Tropic of Capricorn, where each June 21st at midday the sun casts an exactly perpendicular shadow, and the celebration of the aborigines’ new year begins (Inti Raymi - Sun Festival). Humahuaca was founded by the Spanish by the end of the XVI century. Its church and Carnival Museum exhibit some of the region’s customs. Approximately 12 Km away, the mysterious ruins of what used to be terraces for growing Coctaca can be seen.

THE PUNA. The ancient Inca road with its impressive salt pans. La Quiaca is one of the most important towns in this extensive area. Yavi boasts a beautiful church with glittering gold ornaments, as well as cave paintings and engravings. 50,000 birds inhabit the Laguna de los Pozuelos Natural Monument, the largest water reserve in the Puna.

Source:    Argentina - Secretaría de Turismo de la Nación

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