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Jujuy, Argentina - Between Salta & The Quebrada de Humahuaca

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - November 2011   » View Photoset (34 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Jujuy is 2hrs 15mins north of Salta and 4hrs 30mins south of
Argentina Photo - The fountain at Park San Martin in Jujuy.
The fountain at Park San Martin in Jujuy.
the Bolivian border. I visited Jujuy as a stop-off point between these 2 places and to have a look around the city. Jujuy has a similar feel to Salta but is a little shabby around the edges. However, I did see many absolutely gorgeous women here, 100's.

Walk from The Bus Terminal

The bus terminal is in the center of the city beside the market and within walking distance from the central plaza and shops. There are a few cheap places to stay in the streets around this area. Across the river which in late November was bone-dry apart from a wee trickle of water, is the main city center.

City Tour

Firstly I came to a small plaza called Plazaleta Miguel Angel Pereira, it's nothing special but I researched who he is / was and found out that he is (still living, born in 1957) a well known producer, film director and screenplay writer of Argentinian cinema. Born in San Salvador de Jujuy, here is a list of his movies at the Internet Movie Database. Quite a few of his films are short documentaries about Jujuy. Moving on, a short walk away I came to church Iglesia de San Francisco originally built by 2 monks from Santiago del Estero in 1599. It was made of adobe walls and straw roofs until replaced in 1689 by a more solid church of adobe and a carved wooden roof covered with mud tiles. In 1900 a 4 bodied tower crowned by Cristo Redentor's image was built. In 1925 the new church was
Argentina Photo - Protest march in the name of Tupac Amaru in Jujuy.
Protest march in the name of Tupac Amaru in Jujuy.
built in Classical Corinthian style with 7 marble altars and an octagonal dome. It has an harmonium from 1875 and an organ from Bergamo Italy, in 1927. A statue of San Francesco di Assisi (Saint Francis of Assisi)
Argentina Photo - Plaza Heroes de Malvinas, war monument in Palpala.
Plaza Heroes de Malvinas, war monument in Palpala.
stands in the courtyard, he was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. The church is located on the corner of Belgrano and Lavalle streets. I walked for 15-20mins in the direction of the park, Parque San Martin. It's not really that attractive to be honest, there's a fountain, palm trees and a monument to independence leader Jose de San Martin (1778-1850) upon his horse - constructed in 1950, 100yrs after his death. I walked to a street nearby for a view over the valley and railway track running below. I passed a run-down pink tango bar called New Zeppelin Bar. I sat down for a cool ice-cream in a little park with a greek-looking statue called El Trabajo (work). I found an outside theatre and a park called Tupac Amaru, it was full of elf statues and was a kids park really.

Plaza Belgrano and the Cathedral

Now into the heart of Jujuy to Plaza Belgrano and the cathedral Iglesia Catedral Basilica built in baroque style in 1763, it's a national historic monument (declared in 1931). This church was originally
Argentina Photo - Church Iglesia Catedral Basilica in Jujuy, built in baroque style in 1763.
Church Iglesia Catedral Basilica in Jujuy, built in baroque style in 1763.
built in 1593 and was ordered to be constructed before any other building in Jujuy. From 1606 to 1612 a new building was built but it fell down in 1631. Another was built in 1659 but it was not the last. In 1691 they decided to build again, which finally got underway from 1761 to 1765. Spanish sculptor Martinez Montanes (1568-1649) was brought in from Spain and pictures came from Cusco and Potosi.
Argentina Photo - Female statue in Jujuy called La Paz, at Casa de Gobierno.
Female statue in Jujuy called La Paz, at Casa de Gobierno.
In 1843 the cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake and again re-built in 1907. Plaza Belgrano was over-flowing with activity, food stalls cooking bbq food, sausages, hotdogs and kebabs. It's a beautiful plaza and park with a lot of space to sit and relax while eating hot food or a cool ice-block. The monument is of Belgrano on his horse holding a flag high up in the air. A government building built in the style of a French palace Casa de Gobierno stands on the south side of the plaza and was heavily guarded on this day because a protest was brewing. At the back of the government building there is Plaza Espana and a few monuments - a statue of a woman called La Paz, another of 2 figures sitting on rocks with one reading from a book and one to
Argentina Photo - 2 figures sit on rocks, one reads book, Plaza Espana in Jujuy.
2 figures sit on rocks, one reads book, Plaza Espana in Jujuy.
Jose Hernandez (1834-1886), an Argentinian writer. His most famous work is a poem called Martin Fierro.

Protests

100's of people had gathered for a huge protest and march through the city. It was all something in the name of Tupac Amaru (1545-1572), the last indigenous monarch of Inca Peru. Huge banners were strung up to the fences around the Casa de Gobierno and fireworks were let off as a big group of motorbikes kicked off the protest. 1000's of people waving big flags then marched down the street to the plaza area where things got very noisy.

Jujuy to Salta

The best thing to do from Jujuy is to head north and explore the Quebrada de Humahuaca for a few days. From Plaza Belgrano I headed back to the hotel and then the bus terminal for a bus to Salta, a city I know well. Just out of Jujuy on the way to Salta is a town called Palpala. The place is full of interesting parks and monuments including a huge Jesus statue. I took a few photos from the bus but will make sure I stop here next time I pass through.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Jujuy (Argentina) to:


Map location: Jujuy, Argentina. A typical city with plazas, churches, buildings and monuments, the surrounding area is quite beautiful.
 A : La Quiaca to Jujuy - Argentina 110 kms 110 kms straight distance | 1hr 44mins 1hr 44mins by car (126 kms) | 2hrs 4mins 2hrs 4mins by bus (126 kms) (126 kms)
 B : Salta - Argentina 66 kms 66 kms straight distance | 1hr 59mins 1hr 59mins by car (143 kms) | 2hrs 22mins 2hrs 22mins by bus (143 kms) (143 kms)
 C : Salta to Cafayate - Argentina 140 kms 140 kms straight distance | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by car (219 kms) | 4hrs 1min 4hrs 1min by bus (219 kms) (219 kms)
 D : Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border) - Argentina 111 kms 111 kms straight distance | 4hrs 14mins 4hrs 14mins by car (245 kms) | 5hrs 4mins 5hrs 4mins by bus (245 kms) (245 kms)
 E : Bermejo & Aguas Blancas Border - Bolivia 193 kms 193 kms straight distance | 3hrs 28mins 3hrs 28mins by car (278 kms) | 4hrs 9mins 4hrs 9mins by bus (278 kms) (278 kms)
 F : La Quiaca & Bolivian Border - Argentina 234 kms 234 kms straight distance | 3hrs 34mins 3hrs 34mins by car (282 kms) | 4hrs 16mins 4hrs 16mins by bus (282 kms) (282 kms)
 G : Villazon & Argentinian Border - Bolivia 237 kms 237 kms straight distance | 3hrs 49mins 3hrs 49mins by car (286 kms) | 4hrs 34mins 4hrs 34mins by bus (286 kms) (286 kms)
 H : Paso de Jama to San Pedro to Calama - Chile 203 kms 203 kms straight distance | 3hrs 58mins 3hrs 58mins by car (318 kms) | 4hrs 45mins 4hrs 45mins by bus (318 kms) (318 kms)
 I : Cafayate - Argentina 216 kms 216 kms straight distance | 4hrs 23mins 4hrs 23mins by car (318 kms) | 5hrs 15mins 5hrs 15mins by bus (318 kms) (318 kms)
 J : Tupiza - Bolivia 309 kms 309 kms straight distance | 5hrs 12mins 5hrs 12mins by car (377 kms) | 6hrs 14mins 6hrs 14mins by bus (377 kms) (377 kms)
 K : Tarija - Bolivia 304 kms 304 kms straight distance | 6hrs 40mins 6hrs 40mins by car (477 kms) | 8hrs 8hrs by bus (477 kms) (477 kms)
 L : San Pedro de Atacama - Chile 323 kms 323 kms straight distance | 5hrs 42mins 5hrs 42mins by car (477 kms) | 6hrs 50mins 6hrs 50mins by bus (477 kms) (477 kms)
 M : Tupiza via Atocha to Uyuni - Bolivia 374 kms 374 kms straight distance | 7hrs 53mins 7hrs 53mins by car (478 kms) | 9hrs 27mins 9hrs 27mins by bus (478 kms) (478 kms)
 N : Calama - Chile 413 kms 413 kms straight distance | 6hrs 56mins 6hrs 56mins by car (577 kms) | 8hrs 19mins 8hrs 19mins by bus (577 kms) (577 kms)
 O : Uyuni & the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) - Bolivia 442 kms 442 kms straight distance | 10hrs 14mins 10hrs 14mins by car (580 kms) | 12hrs 16mins 12hrs 16mins by bus (580 kms) (580 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Jujuy, Argentina:

Residencial Rio de Janeiro, Jujuy, Argentina - Large Photo
Residencial Rio de Janeiro, Jujuy, Argentina (November 2011 - 1 night) - Located a few blocks from the bus terminal. I had a small but comfortable room, I shared a bathroom. It was a reasonable price and the staff were friendly.

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