San Salvador de Jujuy – Argentina (the North)
Situated at an altitude of 1,260 metres above sea level, this is the capital of the province of Jujuy and the highest provincial capital in Argentina. With an impressive location surrounded by fertile scenery, the city sits in a natural bowl with the fabulous multi-colored gorge of Quebrada de Humahuaca to the north.
Around the main square stands the Cabildo (Town Hall), the Cathedral and the Government House. Some of the finest pieces of sacred art in Argentina are to be found at the Provincial Archaeology Museum. The detailed interior carvings found in the Iglesia San Francisco are considered to be religious art masterpieces and are definitely worth a look.
Nature & outdoor lovers should head 15km north of the city to Yala, the gateway into the western part of the huge UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Las Yungas, to the Park Potrero de Yala, and to the Yala Lagoons (ideal spot for camping and hiking, reached by a mountain road).
19 km west of San Salvador de Jujuy, and set within the magnificent valley of the Reyes River, are the Termas de Reyes (hot springs), ideal for a heavenly pampered day. The La Ciénaga dam is located to the south, close to El Carmen, and it is fantastic for taking a refreshing dip in the summertime, fishing, walking & watersports.