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Quebrada de Humahuaca, Argentina
Quebrada de Humahuaca, Argentina
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Quebrada de Humahuaca is the location of an ancient route, called Camino Inca, along a narrow mountain valley in Jujuy province in northwestern Argentina. Quebrada de Humahuaca means the ravine of Humahuaca, in reference to a small town nearby. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee, which met in Paris on 30 June to 5 July, 2003.

Quebrada de Humahuaca was made a World Heritage Site due to its significance as a crossroad for economic, social and cultural communication. It is regarded as a "cultural itinerary of 10,000 years" because of human habitation there since prehistoric times until now. Remains of hunter-gatherers have been discovered here dating to prehistory. Between then and now, the area has been used by humans from different civilizations. It was an ancient route for the Inca Empire during the 15th century, and then a link between Rio de la Plata and Peru, and was also a battleground during the Argentine War of Independence.

What to See in Quebrada de Humahuaca

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Quebrada de Humahuaca. You can also visit the pucará, the ancient native American fortress in Tilcara, and the churches in Uquía and Yavi.


Quebrada de Humahuaca is 1,500 km from Buenos Aires. It is bordered by Altiplano to the west and north, the Sub-Andean hills to the east, and Valles Templados to the south.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S 23 11 59.5 W 65 20 55.9
Inscription Year: 2003
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV, V

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Visiting this Site

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. In this huge city, there is plenty of tour packages and excursions to take you anywhere in the country. You should find your accommodation in Buenos Aires, and then get your hotel to help you make arrangements for visiting Quebrada de Humahuaca. Alternatively, you can visit the Argentine Tourism Office (www.turismo.gov.ar) for help on getting a travel agency.

I recommend that you base yourself in Buenos Aires rather than a smaller Argentine city, as you will have more options here. There will be plenty of tour packages to choose from, according to the amount of time you have in your hands.

Here's a comprehensive list of Hotels in Buenos Aires with online booking facilities. Booking is provided by HostelBookers, so there is no booking fee involved.

Getting there

Quebrada de Humahuaca can be reached by tour arrangements from Buenos Aires. Get your hotel to help you on this.

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Argentina Local Tours

As part of your tour planning, here are some local tours of Argentina that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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