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Framed by imposing multicolor Hills, the Humahuaca Ravine, in the province of Jujuy, at Argentine Northern region, spreads over thousand feets above sea level, fascinating, charming and willing to reach the sky. A clear blue sky that illuminates old towns with narrow cobblestoned streets or just red soil roads. Humahuaca, the heroic independence land; Tilcara, the Andean cultural shelter; and Purmamarca, a world of colors.
A 600 million years old geological past turned the Ravine into this colorful landscape where the Seven Colors Hill, the Red Colors Walk, the Painter’s Palette are authentic art pieces. Hills like rock rainbows are inhabited by huge cardons, brilliant color flowers, altitude birds and nomadic llamas and mules. Towards the West, in the Puna, the horizon appears immense with the blinding shine of the Great Salt Fields.
At the Ravine, imposing natural attractions merge with the mystics of a millenary population. Ancient land of the Omaguacas, Inca’s road, obliged path for colonists and expeditionaries, important commercial channel in times of the Viceroyalty; in 2003, the Humahuaca Ravine was declared Mankind Heritage in the category of Cultural Landscape. Its 10,000 years old cultural heritage invites to celebrate life –and faith- at cheerful popular festivals and moving massive celebrations. The devotion to the Virgin Mary and to the Mother Earth are at the same level. Ravine inhabitants worship and pray to both of them.
The music is never missing. The little towns and villages, with their ceramics, wool and wooden handcrafts, are lands of ancestral traditions, old stories and mythical legends; of poets, painters and singers.
From the interior of their mud houses, warm in winter and fresh in summer, with simple and colorful decorations, comes the aroma of regional flavors: humitas, tamales and locro. When the night falls, home-knitted blankets protect from the cold temperatures. At the next morning, when the day starts over again and the sun shines with all its splendor, the Ravine’s silence is only broken by millenary times music.
The closest airport to the Humahuaca Ravine is Jujuy’s International Airport “Gobernador Horacio Guzmán”, in Perico, at 21 miles from San Salvador de Jujuy, the provincial capital. It operates with regular flights to/from Buenos Aires (Airpark and Ezeiza’s Airport) direct and/or with stops at Salta (International Airport "Martín Miguel de Güemes”) operated by Aerolíneas Argentinas-Austral Líneas Aéreas and Andes Líneas Aéreas.
National Route N° 9 connects the Ravine with San Salvador de Jujuy. There are regular bus services to the ravine as well as car rental. It is mandatory to drive very carefully due to the characteristics of the road, the altitude that affects both drivers and vehicles, the presence of animals –llamas, vicuñas and goats- and mist (the whole year) or rain (during the summer season)
From Bolivia, the main border path is La Quiaca. From Chile, the International Border Path Jama (at 13,780 f.a.s.l.) connects with San Pedro de Atacama.