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La Quiaca to Jujuy, Argentina - A Region Worth Exploring

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - November 2011   » View Photoset (37 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The 4 and a half hour journey by bus (283kms) from La Quiaca to Jujuy is an amazing drive amongst rocky red terrain, colorful canyons and open green
Argentina Photo - Dry and desolate terrain north of Humahuaca.
Dry and desolate terrain north of Humahuaca.
valleys and spaces. Sometimes quite desolate, but very beautiful.

Abra Pampa

The first main town south after leaving La Quiaca is Abra Pampa founded in 1883. Abra Pampa is home of the Huancar Folk Festival and in August the feast of Pachamama. Sandboarding on the dunes surrounding the city is one popular activity for adventure seekers as is exploration of the landscapes nearby. Abra Pampa has remnants of indigenous cultures and is celebrated and kept alive by the local Coya people.

Cochinoca and Rinconada

Nearby towns Cochinoca and Rinconada maintain traditions such as bullfighting, a short distance from Abra Pampa.

Humahuaca

An hour and 10mins south is the next main town along the way called Humahuaca. The leg between Abra Pampa and Humahuaca offers some very spectacular scenery - rock formations of many colors and terrains of cactus. The bus stopped for 10mins in Humahuaca. It is 2939 meters above sea level and has a mild and dry climate. Humahuaca Canyon (Quebrada de Humahuaca) is known for its multi-colored mountains. This makes Humahuaca a popular place for tourists and backpackers to visit and stay a few days. There are archaeological sites and ruins in this area and many other interesting things to do and see between Humahuaca and Jujuy.

Pumamarca

Visit Pumamarca and view the lovely 18th century architecture including the church made from adobe. There is a unique handicrafts market here also as well as stunning views of the mountain of 7 colors.

Maimara

A little north of Pumamarca
Argentina Photo - Cactus hill north of Humahuaca.
Cactus hill north of Humahuaca.
is Maimara, a small town where visitors come to see a group of yellow, red and white hills called the Painters Palette.

Tilcara

Nearby is Tilcara where the Archeological Museum is the main attraction. Pucara ruins are located nearby as well as the Botanical Gardens.

South from Humahuaca

Heading south from Humahuaca there is a huge llama monument on the right side towering above the building it stands beside and as tall as 7 cars. The scenery is amazing, the mountains, the green pastures, trees and the dry cactus valleys. This is definitely a part of Argentina worth exploring!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from La Quiaca to Jujuy (Argentina) to:


Map location: La Quiaca to Jujuy, Argentina. Northern Argentina is great, there's lots of rocky terrain etc, you can see the Quebrada de Humahuaca, colorful canyons and amazing landscapes!
 A : Jujuy - Argentina 110 kms 110 kms straight distance | 1hr 40mins 1hr 40mins by car (126 kms) | 2hrs 2hrs by bus (126 kms) (126 kms)
 B : La Quiaca & Bolivian Border - Argentina 124 kms 124 kms straight distance | 1hr 55mins 1hr 55mins by car (157 kms) | 2hrs 18mins 2hrs 18mins by bus (157 kms) (157 kms)
 C : Villazon & Argentinian Border - Bolivia 127 kms 127 kms straight distance | 2hrs 10mins 2hrs 10mins by car (161 kms) | 2hrs 36mins 2hrs 36mins by bus (161 kms) (161 kms)
 D : Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border) - Argentina 158 kms 158 kms straight distance | 4hrs 8mins 4hrs 8mins by car (250 kms) | 4hrs 57mins 4hrs 57mins by bus (250 kms) (250 kms)
 E : Tupiza - Bolivia 200 kms 200 kms straight distance | 3hrs 33mins 3hrs 33mins by car (252 kms) | 4hrs 15mins 4hrs 15mins by bus (252 kms) (252 kms)
 F : Salta - Argentina 176 kms 176 kms straight distance | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by car (259 kms) | 4hrs 1min 4hrs 1min by bus (259 kms) (259 kms)
 G : Paso de Jama to San Pedro to Calama - Chile 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 3hrs 53mins 3hrs 53mins by car (322 kms) | 4hrs 39mins 4hrs 39mins by bus (322 kms) (322 kms)
 H : Salta to Cafayate - Argentina 250 kms 250 kms straight distance | 4hrs 43mins 4hrs 43mins by car (336 kms) | 5hrs 39mins 5hrs 39mins by bus (336 kms) (336 kms)
 I : Tarija - Bolivia 196 kms 196 kms straight distance | 6hrs 4mins 6hrs 4mins by car (351 kms) | 7hrs 16mins 7hrs 16mins by bus (351 kms) (351 kms)
 J : Tupiza via Atocha to Uyuni - Bolivia 268 kms 268 kms straight distance | 6hrs 14mins 6hrs 14mins by car (353 kms) | 7hrs 28mins 7hrs 28mins by bus (353 kms) (353 kms)
 K : Bermejo & Aguas Blancas Border - Bolivia 116 kms 116 kms straight distance | 4hrs 50mins 4hrs 50mins by car (394 kms) | 5hrs 48mins 5hrs 48mins by bus (394 kms) (394 kms)
 L : Cafayate - Argentina 324 kms 324 kms straight distance | 5hrs 45mins 5hrs 45mins by car (435 kms) | 6hrs 54mins 6hrs 54mins by bus (435 kms) (435 kms)
 M : Uyuni & the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) - Bolivia 341 kms 341 kms straight distance | 8hrs 35mins 8hrs 35mins by car (455 kms) | 10hrs 18mins 10hrs 18mins by bus (455 kms) (455 kms)
 N : San Pedro de Atacama - Chile 293 kms 293 kms straight distance | 5hrs 37mins 5hrs 37mins by car (482 kms) | 6hrs 44mins 6hrs 44mins by bus (482 kms) (482 kms)
 O : Uyuni to Potosi - Bolivia 362 kms 362 kms straight distance | 8hrs 27mins 8hrs 27mins by car (582 kms) | 10hrs 8mins 10hrs 8mins by bus (582 kms) (582 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.


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