21 Jan Jujuy: The Land of Colors
Maria V. shares her great adventure seeing the rich history and culture in the villages and mountains of Jujuy.
Jujuy is a province in the northwestern region of Argentina visited by many tourists throughout the year. The colonial buildings and the desert landscapes form a natural spectacle that fascinates everyone. Its capital, San Salvador de Jujuy, is a true reflection of its history. It is a perfect mixture of the authentic aboriginal culture and the Spanish settlers’ influence.
The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a narrow and arid mountainous valley and it was declared a Natural and Cultural World Heritage site by the UNESCO. Historically, this is an old trade route known as the Camino Inca and has been used for some 10,000 years. Spreading out at intervals along the trail are Inca-influenced towns and villages, namely Humahuaca, Purmamarca, and Tilcara. It is famous for its lively festivals, its mountain towns and the several activities a visitor can experience, from horse riding through the valley to a walk through the breathtaking scenery with a llama carrying your lunch.
Traces of human habitation in the area date back more than ten centuries, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements of Argentina. The area features dramatic mountainous landscapes and rich aboriginal traditions. Here you can visit the famous Pucara, an aboriginal settlement that was inhabited more than 1000 years ago where the religious buildings and their farming traditions can still be appreciated.
The great salt mine of Jujuy is one of the greatest depressions in the province with an exposed surface of over 12,000 hectares of salt. It is often called the white desert due to its endless white surface. At an altitude of more than 4000 meters above sea level, every visitor gets astonished by the beauty nature can create.
Some interesting facts about Jujuy:
- Jujuy is located at the most northwest point of Argentina, bordering Chile and Bolivia.
- Its provincial capital is San Salvador de Jujuy.
- The province encompasses a number of cordilleras of the Andes Mountains that descend on the east to form sub-Andean ranges and valleys.
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