Humahuaca Vacation Packages
Sitting an altitude of 9,840 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level, Humahuaca is a small city on the banks of the Rio Grande with spectacular views of the Quebrada de Humahuaca mountains. In addition to the mesmerizing scenery, it has a fascinating history as one of the first parts of the country explored by Spanish settlers. Follow in their footsteps through the picturesque terrain.
Learn about the major role Humahuaca had in defining modern Argentina at the Heroes of the Independence Monument on Santa Bárbara Hill just to the west of the main square. The iconic sculpture is a tribute to the Argentine Army that fought in 14 battles to free Argentina from Spanish reign. Climb up the stairs for the excellent view of the city and its surrounding mountains.
Visit the nearby Santa Bárbara Tower and learn about its past as part of a Jesuit chapel that was destroyed. See the small church with a 17th-century altarpiece on the central plaza. It has a whitewashed façade typical of the Spanish colonial period.
Peruse the intriguing exhibits in the Municipal Archeological Museum to find out about the fascinating history of the region. The Inca Empire spread to these parts in the 15th century and battles during Argentina’s independence struggle were staged here.
Stroll along the banks of the Rio Grande, which flows through the vast hilly terrain of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Note that the river is dry in winter. Marvel at the extraordinary variety of color in the mountains, which have been inhabited for thousands of years and contain relics of great archeological intrigue.
Expect hot days and cold nights in this desert region with occasional showers in summer from December to March. Winter nights regularly see temperatures fall below freezing.
The city is in the Jujuy region near the Chilean and Bolivian borders in the northwestern corner of Argentina. Take a bus for the 150-mile (240-kilometer) journey north from Salta, which has the Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport. Get around Humahuaca on foot.
Come to Humahuaca to witness colorful mountains that are among the most remarkable sights in the world.