Humahuaca – Argentina (the North)
The town of Humahuaca is a sun drenched land filled with memories of cultures past that continue their influence on architecture, traditions, legends and beliefs related to nature and local heroes. The rustic adobe (mud) houses, the narrow cobbled streets and the old colonial street lamps create the illusion that time has stopped. In the centre of the village is the Cabildo (Town Hall), the beautiful Cathedral, built in the XVII century and the imposing Independence Monument with a statue exalting the virtues of the native culture.
Don’t miss Peñas Blancas and Pucará (an archaeological site and viewpoint located 1 km from town), the Serranías de Hornocal (limestone formations with a variety of colors, almost 5000 meters above the sea level – highest viewpoint of the gorge), Inca Cueva (caves with rock art of great archaeological value – 10 thousand years BC), Coctaca (prehispanic agricultural site), and Hornaditas (aboriginal community, cactus forrest, “El Pintado” or Sapagua petroglyphs).
From the town of Humahuaca you can take a local bus and visit Iruya (3hrs away). The village really has an “end of the road” feel as the one road literally ends in front of the church. Surrounded by a breathtaking view, with cliffs and mountains enclosing the village; its steep cobblestone streets take you back to the past. Don’t miss Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint. You can also go on a horseback ride, take a 4×4 tour or hike to remote San Isidro (8km away).
LA HUMAHUACASA HOSTEL – Budget Category
Home is where the heart is and hostel La Humahuacasa want to make you feel at home in their cozy hostel in the historical centre of the town.
Whether you are in a private room or a dorm (most with shared bathroom), the sociable bilingual staff encourages guests to get to know each other over a friendly board game, a group dinner, movie, BBQ or just chilling out together while enjoying the starry sky from the patio.
This rustic hostel made in the traditional adobe style is decorated with local art to please your eye, a cactus gallery and has a kitchen available for guests to cook. Find La Humahuacasa three blocks from the bus station.
HOSTAL LA ANTIGUA – Budget Category
Tired after a long bus journey? Hostal La Antigua is just around the corner! Only 80 meters from the bus station, a warm and friendly owner run hostel awaits.
In a nineteenth century colonial style house, you will find lots of antique furnishings around the living room, kitchen, private bedrooms (some ensuite) and dorms.
This traditional adobe (mud) constructed house with a fireplace and wooden and mosaics floors, fits just one block from the historic quarter of Humahuaca and is only three blocks from the main square.
There are regular cultural activities as well as being a hub of knowledge if you need advice on excursions and what to do while you stay in beautiful Jujuy!