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Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

1. Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

Embark on an adventure that will take you through striking landscapes and scenic villages. The tour commences as you travel to Purmamarca village which rests at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Journey to Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow of the Monolith Painter’s Palette. Admire the stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues of the Monolith. Visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th-century by the Omaguaca tribe who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, which is notable for its historic church which boasts paintings of gun-toting angels. Pause at the Tropic of Capricornio, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Enjoy a short visit to Humahuaca's town en route to the main destination - the 14 colours mountain of Hornocal. In Humahuaca you will switch from your van or bus and hop into a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle as you travel to Hornocal. Hornocal is part of the calcareous formation called Yacoraite that extends from the province of Salta, crossing the Quebrada de Humahuaca and then the Bolivian Altiplano to Peru. Upon your return, you will meet up with the rest of your group.

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From Salta: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

2. From Salta: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

Embark on an adventure that will take you through striking landscapes and scenic villages. Meet at the local partner’s office near the Plaza 9 de Julio de Salta. If you select the pick-up option, enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Salta. Drive to the Purmamarca village, which rests at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Journey to Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow Monolith Painter’s Palette. Admire the stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues of the Monolith. Visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th century by the Omaguaca tribe, who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, which is notable for its historic church which boasts paintings of gun-toting angels.  Pause at the Tropic of Capricorn, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Visit Humahuca and admire the multi-colored town and culture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Salinas Granes, Purmamarca & Humahuaca Tour from Salta

3. Salinas Granes, Purmamarca & Humahuaca Tour from Salta

Head out into the beautiful landscapes of Jujuy Province on the first day of this 2-day tour. Admire views of the Quebrada del Toro gorge. Visit the museum in the small town of Santa Rosa de Tastil. Continue to Puna de Atacama for unrivaled views of the plateau's lunar landscape. Take a break for lunch in San Antonio de los Cobres (at your own expense), before the drive along Route 40. Be on the lookout for wildlife, including vicunas, llamas, foxes and condors. Take in views of the salt desert of Salinas Grandes en route to the Hill of 7 Colors in Purmamarca. On the second day, visit the Pre-Inca ruins of Tilcara. Enjoy a break for lunch and take some time to explore the town. On the way back to Salta, visit a chapel built 700 years ago and see magnificent paintings of the artistic tradition known as the Cusco School.

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From Jujuy: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

4. From Jujuy: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

Meet your group at the meeting point in Jujuy. From there, take a ride to Purmamarca, a small town at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Then, discover Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow of the Monolith Painter's Palette, a multicolored geological formation made up of stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues. Next, visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th century by the Omaguaca tribe, who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, notable for its historic church boasting paintings of gun-toting angels. Make your next stop at the Tropic of Cancer, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Head on to Humahuaca and admire the multicolored Quebrada de Humahuaca mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This mountainous gorge or "quebrada" runs for nearly 100 miles (155 kilometers) along the Grande River and up into Bolivia.

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Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca from Salta

5. Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca from Salta

On this full-day tour you’ll travel from Salta city to San Salvador de Jujuy. This is where your adventure begins, with visits to the towns of La Quebrada de Humahuaca. The first of the towns on the itinerary is Purmamarca, with the spectacular Cerro de Siete Colores (Hill of 7 Colors) rising behind it. Take a walk to the principal square, where craftsmen display and sell their work. Afterwards, visit the church, which played an important role in local history. From the road you’ll be able to see the Paleta del Pintor Hill, before arriving in Humahuaca town. Enjoy a break for lunch and take some time to explore the town. Admire the impressive Monumento de la Independencia (Independence Monument). As you make your way back to Salta, you'll visit a chapel built 700 years ago that has an altar covered in gold. You’ll also get to see priceless paintings of the Cusco School and a small monument marking the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop in Tilcara town for a walk to its main square and church. There will also be time here to visit the Anthropology Museum. The final stop on the tour is Las Ruinas Incaicas del Pucara de Tilcara. These ruins date back to a society even older than the Incas.

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From Salta: Full-Day Carnival Trip in Purmamarca & Tilcara

6. From Salta: Full-Day Carnival Trip in Purmamarca & Tilcara

Delight in a special tour to fully enjoy the Carnival in Humahuaca Gorge. Visit the towns with the nicest and most fun festivities, Purmamarca and Tilcara. Feel like one of the locals with the help of your bilingual, English and Spanish-speaking guide. After pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point, depending on the tour option selected, drive to the Humahuaca Gorge. While at Carnival, integrate yourself with the comparsas, dancing groups made up of local people and tourists from all over the world, and get free fake snow and a Carnival mask. In Purmamarca, visit the handicraft market and the Seven Color Mountain. In Tilcara, admire the town's dancing and singing, and get involved in the festivities. The special trip has limited seats of 27 per day. At the end of the day, either return to your hotel or the meeting point, depending on the tour option selected. 

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What people are saying about Tilcara

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 40 reviews

It is an excellent tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and competent. The various stops were very enjoyable and scenic, perfect for picture taking. The stop in Humahuaca could have been shortened by a half hour, as the tour took over 14.5 hours as there were many police check stops that delayed our return trip to Salta.

A long day of driving but you see a lot of cool stuff. The views at Purmamarca perhaps the highlight. Well organised and with some time to wander around on your own. Maria was a very knowledgable guide and explained everything in both English and Spanish at the same time.

A very long excursion by minibus but with incredible landscapes, the top of the top is the 4x4 climb at 4350m to admire the mountain with 14 colors, really sublime. Otherwise good organization and good time management.

Excellent trip and very well organized. Nordic Travel contacted us the day before to inform us about the tour to take... Amazing landscapes and guides! best regards!

Very complete excursion that will allow you to quickly discover the north of Salta.