Your best guide to Jujuy Province

Calle de Tilcara, Jujuy Province Juan/ookaboo

Calle de Tilcara, Jujuy Province ©Juan/ookaboo

The northernmost province of Argentina is a fascinating region. With numerous breathtaking natural jewels, Jujuy Province is a very attractive tourist destination. If you don’t prefer crowded places, but you would like to visit astonishing natural areas, this province is the right choice for you. Tourism is not as developed as in other regions of Argentina, it is still in growing, but the attractions are not less attractive than in other parts.

The region is characterized by a great difference in climate and height between the areas. Some of the best regions which are worth visiting are the following: San Salvador de Jujuy, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Pucará de Tilcara and the Calilegua National Park. Read the following article to find out more about these. It will serve as your best tourist guide to Jujuy Province.

San Salvador de Jujuy

The wonderful capital city of the province, San Salvador de Jujuy or simply Jujuy is situated at the southern end of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. The city has a beautiful colonial city centre. Some of the best attractions of Jujuy are the Cathedral, the Cabildo and prides with some unique and colorful Andean carnivals.

Calle de Tilcara, Jujuy Province Juan/ookaboo

Calle de Tilcara, Jujuy Province ©Juan/ookaboo

Quebrada de Humahuaca

One of the most beautiful natural jewels of the province, the wonderful narrow mountain valley named Quebrada de Humahuaca is very popular among visitors. Oriented north-south, the valley is about 155 km long. The area has been populated for 10.000 years and there are interesting archeological sites in the valley. Since 2003 the Quebrada de Humahuaca has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I suggest you not to miss it!

Quebrada de Humahuaca geolocation.ws

Quebrada de Humahuaca ©geolocation.ws

Pucará de Tilcara

It is actually a pre-Inca fortification perched on a hill top, near the town of Tilcara. The location of the fortification was strategically chosen. It provided good views over a large part of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. It was also easily defensible. In 2000 the site was declared a National Monument. Although it is ruined, the Pucará de Tilcara is a popular tourist attraction. The site is the only accessible archeological site in the Quebrada de Humahuaca.

Pucará de Tilcara J-Cornelius/Flickr

Pucará de Tilcara ©J-Cornelius/Flickr

The Calilegua National Park

Situated in the south-eastern part of the province, the beautiful Calilegua National Park is one of the most attractive natural jewels. The park was founded in 1979 to protect a significant part of the South Andean Yungas region. It is considered the largest national park of the region, covering a surface of almost 300 km². The park has a wonderful landscape and an interesting wildlife. Archeological sites can also be found in the park as native groups occupied the region a long time ago.

 

 

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