A story from visiting the small desert town of Tilcara in Argentina’s northern territory, Jujuy – and discovering the earth goddess Pachamama in nature
Travel blogs, photos and features from Jujuy, Argentina
Jujuy Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Jujuy
In the far northwest of Argentina, bordering Chile and Bolivia, the province of Jujuy offers some of the most stunning and otherworldly landscapes in the whole country. Start here with my basic Jujuy travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Jujuy travel blogs.
When to Visit
The weather in Jujuy is warm most of the year round, and in summer months (November-January) it can be really hot. Probably the best time to visit this region of Argentina is in Fall (March-May) when temperatures are not too high, but days are still sunny and warm and humidity is a little higher, as it gets very, very dry at other times of the year.
Top Things To See
Salinas Grandes – Leftover from a dried out lake high up in the mountains, this area is still mined for salt and there are many small ponds for collection. Primarily, the reason to visit here is for tourism: there are several small roadside vendors selling salt-figurines and of course, empanadas. Come and take some fun selfies on a sunny day!
Pucará de Tilcara – Built in the 12th century by the Omaguaca tribe, the site of these pre-Incan ruins just outside the cute town of Tilcara actually shows signs of human habitation up to 10,000 years ago. It’s surrounded by the gorgeous Quebrada de Humahuaca, making for a stunning setting.
Cerro de los Siete Colores – This remarkable geological formation, part of the Quebrada de Purmamarca is a sight to behold. Made up of layers of differently colored rocks formed in various times periods over the last 4 million years, this hill looms over the small ton of Purmamarca, also known for its handicraft market.
Going on a tour in Jujuy is definitely worth it, as public transportation between sights is limited. The other option is to hire a car, but this can be very expensive in Argentina, so taking a tour will likely save you money.
LGBTQ – Gay Jujuy Travel Guide
Argentina on the whole is a very progressive country when it comes to LGBT issues and it was the first in the continent to introduce marriage equality.
Traveling in Jujuy is going to be relatively easy for a gay person or couple, but it’s not the place to come in Argentina for nightlife or lots of queer culture. The nearest place, if you want a night out on the town, is Salta in the neighboring province, but don’t miss out on Buenos Aires either.
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Jujuy Travel Blogs
Earlier this year I visited Argentina for the first time. Visiting the northern areas of the country, I found myself taking selfie after selfie as I drove through the mountains, deserts and—eventually—the Argentina salt flats, the Salinas Grandes. The Salinas Grandes are leftover from a dried out lake high up in the mountains of north-central Argentina. …