Humahuaca is the capital of the Quebrada to which it lends its name. Humahuaca is the highest point of the ravine area (3900 meters above sea level) and marks the limit with the region of the Puna, also in Jujuy. Its climate is arid and dry allmost all the year.
It is located at the border of national route 9, 40 km north from Tilcara. Humahuaca is one of the towns that had developded very quickly in the last years. Its historical center, its low constructions and its beautiful cobblestone streets are in perfect state. The museums and the church have been very well preserved. It has an great hotel and gastronomic offering because it receives thousands of tourists every year. Other attractions are the monument to the Inca, its main square and a strange wooden doll, known as "the saint of 12 o´clock", which symbolizes San Francisco Solano, that goes out every single day of the year at 12 to give the blessing. In Humahuaca you are going to fin also the impressive monument to the Heroes of the argentinian Independence as well as the tower of Santa Barbara.
Hornocal is a mountainous chain that runs parallel to the Quebrada de Humahuaca. It can be accessed by car or with a shared or private taxi from Humahuaca. This is the famous Velley of the fourteen colors, an impressive geological formation with different colors and intensity in its tones.
The most recommended time of the day to visit this natural attraction is during the afternoon because the sun reflects on the western slope of the mountain chain. To appreciate this natural wonder it is necessary to go to any of the two viewpoints of the Hornocal. It is important to note that if you want to go down to the second point it is necessary to have a 4x4.
Recommendation: Near the bridge in Humahuaca you can take a 4x4 drive by a local guides of the indigenous community of Aparzo. The cost of the tour is AR$100 per person, round trip (Last Update: October 2016). It is necessary to be at leat 4 or pay the free places. If you want to confirm the departure time you can call Antonio 0388 155 144302. It our duty to inform you that these vehicles are not authorized to transport passengers.