Humahuaca - Photos: Eduardo Epifanio
Humahuaca is situated in the west of Jujuy Province, 126 km away from Horacio Guzmán International Airport, which is located in San Salvador de Jujuy City
, capital city of the Province; and at 2,939 meters above the sea level, on the right verge of Nº 9 National Road.
Due to the uneven topography of this land, the region presents rather different climates: high temperatures (38ºC) are registered during the day, while considerable lower temperatures are registered at night ( -10º) , and this changes according to the season.
This is a colonial city: its worth walking narrow paved streets with streetlamps and adobe houses made Humahuaca
one of the most important trade centers of Alto Perú until the end of the XIX Century.
Worldwide known due to the imposing Quebrada de Humahuaca
, professed as Humanity Heritage by UNESCO, shows a heavenly landscape where Río Grande flows and where great archaeological beds are found in colourful hills.
In this region, tourists get in touch with Hispano-America roots in a landscape made of valleys and narow paths where Indigenous and Spanish cutures merged.
There are other unlosable touristic sites to visit that include archaeological ruins like Coctaca, Uquía, Peñas Blancas and Chulín: and also The Independence Monument and the Regional Achaeological Museum and other places in the city which are really attractive.
Due to the altitude in which all these touristic sites are located, it is highly recommended to walk slowly in order to avoid having mountain sickness that may be caused by the oxygen decrease.