Where the Tourists Dare – Quebrada de Humahuaca


Longing for adventure and a journey down the past? Want to see some of the best Argentina locales? Then come to the Quebrada de Humahuaca which is a Narrow Mountain pass situated in the Jujuy province. Located in the pristine surroundings of the Argentinean region, this is one place which is bound to give you the best of travel experience. Come to this place which has the Altiplano in the western side and the Sub Andean Hills in the east. The Valles Templados border the north and the Quebrada de Humahuaca is certainly a tourist pleasure.

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Meaning broken Quebrada means the deep ravine or a deep valley. The city of Humahuaca is a small place with around 11,000 people living in it. The Rio Grande River remains dry in the winter season and flows through the region of Quebrada in the summer season.

Quebrada de Humahuaca

Where the Tourists Dare – Quebrada de Humahuaca
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This was the place that was always a junction of cultural, social and economic kind of communication. Existing since the last 10,000 years, this place has seen the stages of man from the time he was a hunter gatherer. The prehistoric life has existed here and there are many remains of those times as testimony to this fact. This road was where there were lot of caravans passing for the Empire of the Incas and we can put this occurrence to sometime in the 15th century. The Inca Empire was the main connection between the Viceroyalty of Peru and the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata. This is also the area where many battles for the independence fight of the Spaniards have taken place.

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Thus the area of Quebrada de Humahuaca is a great place of historical and social interests and kindles the curiosity of the traveler as he needs to know more and explores the place. The UNESCO made this a World Heritage Site in the year 2003 on July 2. This has great cultural routes and the Camino Inca is the main cultural route followed here. The Rio Grande has a fascinating valley and originates from the High Andean regions from the coldest desert plateau located here. It meets the River Rio Leone and the valley that is formed here has great proof of having been an area of trade and commerce many centuries back.

Rio Grande

Where the Tourists Dare – Quebrada de Humahuaca
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This is one Argentinean land which no tourist would ever want to miss. With the beauty of the majestic mountains and the lovely shades of green and white, Quebrada de Humahuaca is the ideal getaway spot in this part of the world.

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With villages dotting the place, the entire areas is full of hotels, restaurants and small shops filled with souvenirs. Purmarca and Tilcara are all villages here which you would certainly enjoy. The Humahuacas were original tribes here who used to actually bury their relatives in pots of ceramic which they put in holes in the front gardens.


Where the Tourists Dare – Quebrada de Humahuaca
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The lanes in the area of Humahuaca are narrow and lead up to beautiful churches sometimes. There is also a monument built in memory of all the heroes of war. The monument pays respect to those who laid their lives down while fighting for the Northern Argentine Army.