TOP 10 Tours in Tilcara

Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca from Salta

Highlights

  • Visit the towns of the historic Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Learn about a society even older than the Incas
  • Marvel at the Hill of 7 Colors, located just behind the town of Purmamarca

Description

Embark on a full-day tour from Salta city to San Salvador de Jujuy, where your exciting adventure will unfold with visits to the picturesque towns of La Quebrada de Humahuaca.

The first stop on the itinerary is the charming town of Purmamarca, nestled against the backdrop of the majestic Cerro de Siete Colores, also known as the Hill of 7 Colors. Take a leisurely stroll to the main square, where local craftsmen showcase and sell their beautiful creations. Don’t forget to explore the historic church that holds significant cultural importance.

As you continue your journey, catch a glimpse of the magnificent Paleta del Pintor Hill before reaching the town of Humahuaca. Indulge in a well-deserved lunch break and take some time to wander around, marveling at the impressive Monumento de la Independencia, a symbol of the town’s liberty.

On your way back to Salta, make a stop at a centuries-old chapel with a stunning golden altar, constructed 700 years ago. Inside, you will have the opportunity to admire priceless paintings from the renowned Cusco School. Additionally, you’ll come across a small monument marking the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn.

Pause in the town of Tilcara, where you can explore its main square and visit the charming church. Allocate some time to visit the Anthropology Museum, offering fascinating insights into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Concluding the tour, you’ll visit the ancient Inca ruins of Pucara de Tilcara, which predate even the Inca civilization. These ruins provide a captivating glimpse into an ancient society that thrived in the area.

Included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (selected hotels only)

Price

From $45 $38.25 per person

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From Salta: Cafayate, Humahuaca & Salinas Grandes 3-Day Tour

Highlights

Explore the breathtaking landscapes of La Quebrada de las Conchas in Cafayate
Visit the towns of the historic Quebrada de Humahuaca
Explore the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic
Marvel at the Hill of 7 Colors, located just behind the town of Purmamarca

Description

Day 1: Begin your journey from Salta, heading south on Provincial Route 68. Take in the panoramic views of the Lerma Valley, with its farms and tobacco plantations. Along the way, marvel at the traditional tobacco chimneys made of adobe and clay, and observe the tobacco leaves being dried under the sun.

Continue past the town of Alemania, where you can admire the red mountains and rock formations, including attractions like the “Devil’s Throat” and the “House of Parrots.”

Arrive in Cafayate and visit a winery to learn about the local wine industry and taste the famous Torrontes wines. After lunch, return to Salta on a different route, offering a completely different landscape from the morning drive.

Day 2: Embark on a full-day tour from Salta to San Salvador de Jujuy, exploring the towns of La Quebrada de Humahuaca.

The first stop is Purmamarca, known for its spectacular Cerro de Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors). Take a walk to the main square, where local craftsmen display and sell their work. Visit the historic church that played a significant role in the town’s history.

Continue on, catching a glimpse of the Paleta del Pintor Hill, before arriving in Humahuaca. Enjoy lunch and take the time to explore the town, including the impressive Monumento de la Independencia (Independence Monument).

On the return journey to Salta, visit a chapel built 700 years ago, featuring an altar covered in gold. Admire priceless paintings from the Cusco School and a small monument marking the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop in Tilcara for a walk to the main square and church, and consider visiting the Anthropology Museum.

Day 3: Experience the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Argentina on a full-day tour. Depart from your Salta hotel and head towards the neighboring province of Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcán and Tumbaya.

The first stop is the picturesque town of Purmamarca, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Explore the vibrant main square and browse the craft stands for souvenirs. Be sure to visit the stunning 7 Color Hill.

Continue the journey along the majestic Cuesta del Lipan, ascending to the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Take some free time to admire the unique salt flats and famous pools. Return to Purmamarca for lunch at one of the traditional restaurants before heading back to Salta.

Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz minivan
  • Certified bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Entrance to a winery

Price

From $106.25 $85 per person

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From Salta: Two full days to Humahuaca and Salinas Grandes

Highlights

  • Dreamed unique landscape in all of Argentina.
  • Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Purmamarca and the hill of the 7 colors
  • Salinas Grandes
  • Tilcara

Description

Experience the ultimate Jujuy adventure with Combo 6! This incredible offer allows you to embark on a complete tour of Jujuy, ensuring you don’t miss any of its stunning attractions. Be prepared to set aside at least 2 available days, as each tour spans approximately 12 hours.

During this combo, you will have the opportunity to visit iconic destinations such as the Humahuaca Gorge, Purmamarca, and the enchanting Hill of the 7 Colors. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Tilcara, Humahuaca, and witness the breathtaking beauty of Salinas Grandes and the Lipan Slope.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to explore Jujuy, as Combo 6 guarantees you two full days of adventure-packed tours.

Included

  • Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Purmamarca and Hill of the 7 Colors
  • Lipan Slope
  • Salinas Grandes
  • Trekking of the Colorados
  • Tilcara and its Pucará
  • Maimara and Painter’s Palettes
  • Huacalera, Tropic of Capricorn
  • Uquia
  • Ceramic factory
  • Transportation in transit, sprinter or minibus
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Pick up from hotels or central addresses (15 blocks around the main square)

Price

From $113 $105.09 per person

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Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

Highlights

  • Witness the hill of 14-colors
  • Take in the spectacle of the Humahuacas gorge
  • Visit the 7-colors hill in Purmamarca
  • See Pucara de Tilcara and the pre-Inca ruins
  • Get to know the natural and cultural heritage of humanity

Description

Embark on an exciting journey that will take you through breathtaking landscapes and charming villages. Your adventure begins with a visit to the picturesque Purmamarca village, nestled at the foot of the Seven Colors Hill, a magnificent mountain with striking hues. Next, make your way to Maimará, a cozy village overshadowed by the Monolith Painter’s Palette, displaying a stunning blend of red, yellow, orange, and pastel tones.

Discover the ancient Pucará de Tilcara, a fortress constructed by the Omaguaca tribe in the 12th century, eventually subdued by the Incas. Don’t miss a stop in the peaceful town of Uquía, known for its historic church adorned with paintings featuring angels brandishing guns. Take a moment to pause at the Tropic of Capricornio, marking the southernmost latitude where the sun directly shines overhead at noon.

As you continue your journey, enjoy a brief visit to the quaint town of Humahuaca before reaching your main destination, the remarkable Hornocal and its 14-colored mountain. To reach Hornocal, you’ll switch from your van or bus and hop into a 4×4 all-terrain vehicle, ensuring an exhilarating experience. Hornocal is part of the Yacoraite calcareous formation, which stretches from Salta province, through the Quebrada de Humahuaca, and extends all the way to Peru through the Bolivian Altiplano. After this awe-inspiring adventure, you will reunite with the rest of your group.

Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Spanish/English-speaking guide

Price

From $64 per person

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From Salta: Cafayate, Humahuaca & Salinas Grandes 3-Day Tour

Highlights

  • Explore the breathtaking landscapes of La Quebrada de las Conchas in Cafayate
  • Visit the towns of the historic Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Explore the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic
  • Marvel at the Hill of 7 Colors, located just behind the town of Purmamarca

Description

Day 1: Depart from Salta and head south on Provincial Route 68, where you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Lerma Valley’s farms and tobacco plantations. Take in the sight of the traditional tobacco chimneys made of adobe and clay, as well as the tobacco leaves drying under the sun.

Pass through Alemania and be amazed by the red mountains and rock formations, including attractions like the “Devil’s Throat” and “House of the Parrots.”

Arrive in Cafayate and visit a winery to learn about the local wine industry and the famous Torrontes wines. After lunch, take a different route back to Salta and experience a completely different landscape.

Day 2: Embark on a full-day tour from Salta to San Salvador de Jujuy and explore the towns of La Quebrada de Humahuaca.

First, visit Purmamarca and marvel at the spectacular Cerro de Siete Colores (Hill of 7 Colors) behind the town. Take a stroll through the main square, where local craftsmen display and sell their work. Don’t miss the important church with its historical significance.

Continue along the road and catch a glimpse of the Paleta del Pintor Hill before reaching Humahuaca town. Enjoy a lunch break and take the opportunity to explore the town, including the impressive Monumento de la Independencia (Independence Monument).

On the way back to Salta, visit a chapel that was built 700 years ago and is adorned with a gold-covered altar. Admire priceless paintings from the Cusco School and a small monument marking the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn.

Make a stop in Tilcara town to visit the main square, church, and the Anthropology Museum.

Day 3: Immerse yourself in Argentina’s breathtaking natural beauty on this full-day tour. After being picked up from your hotel in Salta, head to the neighboring province of Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcan and Tumbaya.

Your first stop is the picturesque town of Purmamarca, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Explore the vibrant main square and browse the craft stands for souvenirs. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring 7 Color Hill.

Continue your journey along the Cuesta del Lipan and reach the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Take some time to marvel at the unique salt flats and famous pools. Return to Purmamarca for lunch at a traditional restaurant before heading back to Salta.

Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz minivan
  • Certified bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Entrance to a winery

Price

From $106.25 $85 per person

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From Salta: Two full days to Humahuaca and Salinas Grandes

Highlights

  • Dreamed unique landscape in all of Argentina.
  • Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Purmamarca and the hill of the 7 colors
  • Salinas Grandes
  • Tilcara

Description

Experience the ultimate Jujuy adventure with Combo 6! By booking this incredible package, you will embark on a complete exploration of the region. Be prepared to set aside at least 2 available days, as each tour spans approximately 12 hours. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders and cultural treasures of Jujuy, including visits to the breathtaking Humahuaca Gorge, the captivating town of Purmamarca, and the enchanting Hill of the 7 Colors. Discover the historical significance of Tilcara and Humahuaca, witness the mesmerizing beauty of the Salinas Grandes, and admire the stunning views from the Lipan Slope. Unleash your wanderlust and discover the true essence of Jujuy with two full-day tours, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Included

  • Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Purmamarca and Hill of the 7 Colors
  • Lipan Slope
  • Salinas Grandes
  • Trekking of the Colorados
  • Tilcara and its Pucará
  • Maimara and Painter’s Palettes
  • Huacalera, Tropic of Capricorn
  • Uquia
  • Ceramic factory
  • Transportation in transit, sprinter or minibus
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Pick up from hotels or central addresses (15 blocks around the main square)

Price

From $113 $105.09 per person

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From Jujuy: Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara

Highlights

  • Dreamed unique landscape in all of Argentina.
  • World Heritage
  • Purmamarca and the Hill of the 7 colors
  • Tilcara and its Pucará

Description

Embark on a breathtaking journey through a magnificent gorge, where hills adorned in vibrant colors reveal thousands of years of mineral oxidation. This tour revolves around the charming towns, rich culture, and welcoming people that define the region. With a duration of approximately 8 hours, the tour includes round-trip transfers to and from designated meeting points.

Covering a total distance of 128 km, the tour reaches a maximum altitude of 3012 meters above sea level. The adventure begins with a pick-up from San Salvador de Jujuy at 9:00 a.m.

Our first destination is Humahuaca City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled on the outskirts of Jujuy province. This captivating journey showcases the extraordinary colors of the Argentine North, its enchanting culture, unique towns, and its warm inhabitants. Starting from San Salvador de Jujuy, we will make our way to Purmamarca, where the majestic 7-colors Hill awaits. From there, we will visit Tilcara, Humahuaca (the largest town in the gorge), Uquía (home to the 17th-century church of San Francisco de Paula, adorned with ancient Arcabuceros Angels paintings), and Huacalera (where we will cross the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn). Our final stop before returning will be the Painters Palette in Maimará.

While the longest stop will be in Humahuaca City, providing ample time for lunch and the opportunity to savor the region’s best regional dishes made from llama meat, you will also have the chance to explore the town itself, immersing in its rich cultural history that permeates through its streets. The town is particularly renowned for its Carnival celebrations, which take center stage in this vibrant community. After lunch, we will begin our journey back, adjusting the stops as required.

Please note that if the departure point is Purmamarca, the stops between Jujuy and that location will be omitted. Similarly, if the departure point is Tilcara, the stops between Jujuy and Tilcara will not be included in the tour.

Included

  • Humahuaca Gorge
  • Purmamarca and Hill of the 7 Colors
  • Tilcara and its Pucará
  • Maimara and Painter’s Palettes
  • Huacalera, Tropic of Capricorn
  • Uquia
  • Ceramic factory
  • Transportation by transit, sprinter or minibus
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish and English.
  • Pick up from hotels or central addresses (10 blocks away from Route 9)

Price

From $58.42 $54.33 per person

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From Salta: Serranías de Hornocal with Quebrada de Humahuaca

Highlights

  • Dreamed unique landscape in all of Argentina.
  • Magnificent Hill of the 14 colors
  • World Heritage

Description

The itinerary for this trip includes visiting Salta, San Salvador de Jujuy, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Yala, Volcano, Tumbaya, Purmamarca, the “Cerro de los 7 Colores”, Maimará, the “Paleta del Pintor”, Tilcara, the Archaeological Ruins “El Pucará de Tilcara”, Huacalera, the Tropic of Capricorn, and Uquía to see the Cuzco Paintings.

Once we reach Uquía, we will switch to a 4WD vehicle to continue towards Hornocal. This portion of the journey offers breathtaking panoramic views. On the way back, we will make a 20-minute stop in Humahuaca. It is advisable to bring along lunch or a light snack as we won’t have time to stop at a restaurant in Humahuaca. Finally, we will return to Salta, covering a distance of 516 km, with a total duration of 13 hours. The departure time for this trip is either 07.00 or 07.35 am.

Included

  • Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Purmamarca and the 7-colors Hill
  • Tilcara
  • Maimará
  • Huacalera and Tropic of Capricornio
  • Uquía
  • Hornocal Mountains
  • Transportation by transit, sprinter or minibus
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish and English.
  • Pick-up from hotels or central addresses (15 blocks around the main square)

Price

From $86.24 $80.20 per person

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From Salta: Iruya with Quebrada de Humahuaca and Purmamarca

Highlights

  • Dreamed unique landscape in all of Argentina.
  • Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • UNESCO world heritage

Description

The tour of Salta and the province of Jujuy starts early in the morning. The first destination is the town of Gral. Güemes, where you will take the highway to Jujuy. To reach Iruya, you must enter the Quebrada de Humahuaca. The tour skips the capital of Jujuy and goes directly to the Quebrada de Humahuaca, with stops in Purmamarca, Tilcara, and Humahuaca. During this part of the excursion, you will visit points of interest such as Cerro de los Seven Colores, the Church of Purmamarca, the Pucará de Tilcara, La Paleta del Pintor, Uquía, the Monument to the Heroes of Independence, and the main squares of each town. There are also stops for photo opportunities near Maimará and at the Tropic of Capricorn crossing.

After touring Humahuaca, the tour takes a detour to the East to re-enter the province of Salta. Along the way, you’ll pass through the town of Iturbe, which still stands despite the abandonment of the railroad. As you ascend towards Abra del Cóndor, the highest point, you will experience a winding path through a desert landscape until you reach an altitude of 4000 meters. At Abra del Cóndor, you’ll witness the immensity of the surroundings. From there, a thrilling descent of 1220 meters in just 19 km begins, with breathtaking cliffs and curves in the road. This leads to the entrance of Iruya, a town nestled in the mountains.

The itinerary includes stops at Jump, Apacheta del Abra de Cóndor (at 4000 meters above sea level), and Iruya. On the return journey, you will pass through Uquía (known for its Cusco-style paintings), Maimará, “Paleta del Pintor,” Volcán, Tumbaya, Yala, San Salvador de Jujuy, and finally Salta.

Please note that the order of the route and stops may vary and can be coordinated and modified with the guide of the excursion.

Included

  • Humahuaca Gorge
  • Purmamarca and The 7-colors Hill
  • Tilcara and its Fortress: Pucará
  • Maimara and Painter’s Palettes
  • Huacalera, Tropic of Capricorn
  • Uquia
  • Ceramics factory
  • Humahuaca Town
  • Iturbe
  • The Hell
  • Apacheta del Abra de Cóndor (4,000 m/s/n/m)
  • Iruya Town
  • Transportation by transit, sprinter or minibus
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish and English.
  • Pick-up from hotels or central addresses (15 blocks around the main square)

Price

From $228.97 per person

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Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

Highlights

  • Witness the hill of 14-colors
  • Take in the spectacle of the Humahuacas gorge
  • Visit the 7-colors hill in Purmamarca
  • See Pucara de Tilcara and the pre-Inca ruins
  • Get to know the natural and cultural heritage of humanity

Description

Embark on a captivating journey that will lead you through breathtaking landscapes and charming villages. The adventure begins with a visit to the village of Purmamarca, situated at the foot of the magnificent Seven Colors Hill. This mesmerizing mountain displays a stunning array of hues, creating a remarkable sight to behold.

Continue your expedition to Maimará, a small and quaint village nestled under the impressive Monolith Painter’s Palette. Witness the striking shades of red, yellow, orange, and pastels on the Monolith, leaving you in awe of its beauty.

Discover the historical significance of Pucará de Tilcara, a fortress constructed by the Omaguaca tribe in the 12th century. This fort fell under the rule of the Incas later on, adding to its rich heritage. Take a moment to appreciate the town of Uquía, known for its ancient church adorned with unique paintings featuring angels armed with guns.

Make a stop at the Tropic of Capricornio, an essential landmark denoting the southernmost latitude where the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. This geographical point holds a sense of fascination and invites a brief pause for reflection.

As you continue your exploration, enjoy a short visit to the charming town of Humahuaca before reaching the highlight of your journey – the awe-inspiring Hornocal, also known as the 14 colors mountain. In Humahuaca, a switch from your van or bus will be made, allowing you to embark on a thrilling adventure on a 4×4 all-terrain vehicle to reach Hornocal. This mountain, part of the Yacoraite calcareous formation, stretches across the provinces of Salta and the Quebrada de Humahuaca, making its way through the Bolivian Altiplano and eventually crossing into Peru.

After this unforgettable experience, you will reunite with the rest of your group, filled with cherished memories of your incredible journey.

Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Spanish/English-speaking guide

Price

From $64 per person

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