The Quebrada de Humahuaca, a 100-mile long arid valley, home to human settlement for the past 10,000 years, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 to recognize its importance in the development of Andean cultures.
Start your morning tour with a visit of Purmamarca.
Drive to Tilcara (30 min) to visit the Cultural Centre of La Quebrada and its pre-Inca fortification ruins.
Tilcara is one of the oldest places in Argentina to have been continuously inhabited with vestige of human hunter/gatherer communities going back 10,000 years.
10 miles north, near the town of Huacalera, you will stop at a small monument marking the Tropic of Capricorn with a giant sundial nearby.
The Tropic of Capricorn runs through only 11 countries: Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Australia, Tonga Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.
This line runs 26' 30" south of the Equator, where the Sun reaches its exact zenith at noon on December 21, the Southern Hemisphere's midsummer.
The name was chosen because the constellation of Capricorn rises above it on the summer solstice.
You will also stop at the Painter's Palette, another set of colorful red, yellow and grey mountains that look as if they have been skillfully combined for a real painting.
Drive south towards Salta (3 hours).
For dinner, you will experience one of the best and most typical peña de Salta. More than a restaurant, a peña is a typical place where you will enjoy great food, drinks, live music and dancing.
Overnight at your hotel in Salta.
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Dinner show at a traditional peña