Humahuaca

Overview

Introduction

Humahuaca, Argentina, is a high-altitude town 880 mi/1,415 km northwest of Buenos Aires, in the beautiful Quebrada de Humahuaca Canyon, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's a popular tourist attraction that reminds visitors that Argentina shares a border and an indigenous cultural heritage with parts of Bolivia.

Walk the narrow cobblestoned streets and visit the folklore museum and the Church of the Candelaria, where you will see impressive paintings from the Cuzco school. Visit the town square at noon, when the mechanized figure of St. Francis comes out of the town-hall clock. Arrive early to see the show—the old clock doesn't keep perfect time.

In Uquia, just 6 mi/10 km south of Humahuaca, visit the Templo Santa Cruz y San Francisco, built in the 1690s; it has some excellent art. At Coctaca, 6 mi/9 km to the northeast, there's a large archaeological site and a nearby indigenous village.

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