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Humahuaca Gorge

Humahuaca Gorge

It is located to the northwest of Argentina, in the Jujuy Province, about 1500 km (937 mi) from Buenos Aires. The Humahuaca Gorge is the perfect combination of spectacular landscape and archaeological richness. It runs about 155 km (96.8 mi) from north to south, and the Rio Grande river advances through the heart of the region. It is dry in the winter and abundant in the summertime. 
Painted with multi-colored hills and adobe houses that seem to sprout from the landscape, the Humahuaca Gorge once served as a route for the Incas, a required passage for expedition parties and settlers, and an important commercial route in the vice regal period. The settlements of the colonial period acquired a status of great importance since they were developed along with the Pre-Hispanic settlements of the region, as well as producing a cultural exchange with the neighboring countries of South America, an interaction that began 10,000 years ago and still remains. The Gorge's real significance lies in its function as a permanent line of interaction, connecting territories and different cultures from distant regions, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Andes to the southern flatlands. A clear example is its function as commercial route between Rio de la Plata and Potosi through the Camino Real (Royal Path).  
The rich and multiple cultural elements that characterize the Gorge have awarded it a place in literature about Universal History and Culture. This important fact influenced Argentina to apply for this region to be recognized as a Patrimonio de la Humanidad (Patrimony of Humanity), and it did in fact receive this recognition from the UNESCO Committee (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) on July 2, 2003. 

Jujuy Province. It is located in the extreme northwest region of the Republic of Argentina. The Altiplano (high plateau) de la Puna is located to the north and west, the sub Andean Sierras to the east, and the Valles Templados (Warm Valleys) to the south.                                                                                            When to go
Cultural, natural, historical and archaeological. Folkloric festivals (Fiesta de la Pachamama, Fiesta de Inti Raymi), Carnival of Humahuaca. Archaeological ruins of Coctaca, Cerro de los siete colores (Hill of Seven Colors).
How to get there
You can arrive by RN 9,  on the argentine stretch of the Panamerican highway that connects La Paz with Buenos Aires. You can also make the trip by plane up to Jujuy and then by land to Humahuaca (126 km 78 mi). 
Tourist circuits of cultural and archaeological interest. Trekking, mountain climbing, horseback riding. Flora and fauna observation.
Accommodations, restaurants, transportation.
Tumbaya, Punta Corral, Purmamarca, Posta de Hornillos, Tilcara, Abra Pampa, Iruya, La Quiaca, Lozano, San Antonio de los Cobres.


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