Cerro de los Siete Colores, Purmamarca
With the Cerro de los Siete Colores as ancient gift, this village of the gorge surprises with its crafts, its history and its gastronomy, among adobe houses, dirt streets and starry nights thrilling.
The constant silence of Purmamarca provides an ideal location for quiet contemplation. It seems that the landscape left without words at all, and some of it is. The Cerro de los Siete Colores, icon of northern Argentina, connects with its staggered tones to a sense of peace that accompanies throughout the trip, either away for a day or several, to visit some places.
This town -emplazada in Humahuaca, Heritage Mundial- boasts the smallest chapter in the country and a historic carob tree over 600 years. So it goes for the place, everything has a past, from the church Santa Rosa de Lima, National Historic Landmark, until adobe houses that blend into the landscape.
Local people expect their endearing warmth, the main square awaiting their craft stalls made in ancient techniques and dirt streets provide a spectacular view framed by the imposing Cerro de los Siete Colores. It’s like a trip back in time, where you can cross the street with a “misachico” (small pilgrimage) or listen to a coplera sweet, then back to the present and into a store modern design or stay at a quaint hotel boutique, mix of today and yesteryear.
The nights are also unique in Purmamarca. The stars seem to be within reach of your hands and you can play to discover the constellations and planets, while the wind whistles messages ear. Throughout the year you can enjoy hiking, going shopping, or take a walk through the village and try the local cuisine. And no shortage of festivals, like the devout worship the dead, the living nativity scenes at Christmas time, processions of Holy Week, the ceremony honoring the Pachamama and Carnival. Just look at the calendar and choose when to give in to the charms of this magical town.
A Jujuy by National Route No. 40 and National Route No. 9, completely paved arriving by plane to the Governor H. Guzman airport by bus or car.
Among dense yungas, hundreds of species of birds and local flavors, a road full of Creole colors. A rural experience dressed history.
In the middle of the jungle, where throughout the War of Independence (1810-1825) gaucho guerrillas were hiding to attack by surprise the Spaniards who entered the Quebrada de Humahuaca, now walks a group of travelers. In the thick landscape of flora and fauna, perhaps some associated with gaucho culture, understood in more detail the history and nature of North Argentina enjoys.
A couple of kilometers from San Salvador de Jujuy east, almost in the country, the San José de Chijra is the starting point of the adventure will continue along the RP 35 visiting the places of Barro Blanco , Tilquiza, Corral de Piedras, Finca el Quirusillal and Ocloyas, each with its particularity but all identified by their gaucho origin.
sheep’s-brimmed hat, neckerchief, bombachín and boots difference in the dress of these parts, while the aroma of traditional foods accompanies the celebrations and country traditions that occur daily in the region that visitors are welcome to take part.
Taste a sweet home of freshly harvested fruit or cheese, try a warm bun in a round of mates where villager shares legends tells the history and stories of characters, do not do more than drive the decision to make a ride on roads or nearby trails, in an environment that helps conceive and understand Creole being.
The natural connection goes hand in hand. The singing of birds accompanies the adventure in the transition zone of the Biosphere Reserve of the Yungas, where the emerald landscape of the hills is crossed by rivers of clear waters that run all year with different intensity. It only remains to check the status of the road (especially in summer) and decide whether to make a break or take advantage of more time to stay at each of the locations and complement the trip with a bike ride, bird watching or trekking, among others activities.
San José de Chijra, Barro Blanco, Tilquiza, Finca el Quirusillal and rural Ocloyas provide accommodation and food, and there are options for everyone in San Salvador de Jujuy, just 30 kilometers from this dense paradise.
The cuisine of northern Argentina
Jujeña gastronomy enjoying special ways with each of the senses, like a diner more or, why not, as a cook. In distinguished restaurants, on the table of a home or in a market stall, whatever the chosen way, it will undoubtedly be accompanied by jujeños incredible landscapes.
In Jujuy, the Quebrada de Humahuaca -a part Mundial-, gastronomy is the way to reach the personal encounter with nature and culture. Hand your vegetables, grains and spices, the Pachamama and the locals welcome all.
The warm wind on the smell of tortillas while being cooked on the grill, announcing the arrival of mate, it feels different with some coca leaves or rich-rich. Whether for breakfast, maybe a snack or maybe any time of day, here is homemade bread and eaten warm, and goat cheese is.
The jujeños flavors are used in the kitchen on a daily basis. Ancestral culinary products and techniques are rescued and kept alive recipes and ways of cooking that is worth learning. Here there are no preservatives or canned. The food is “from the earth to the plate,” most vegetables are used dehydrated and gourmet takes its roots to modernize.
Just as the Cerro de los Siete Colores impresses with its tones, the same goes to see there is more than one hundred varieties of Andean potatoes and corn nuances are infinite. On the agenda is the quinoa, sacred food, and fermented beverages that were not known.
Tamales northerners, stews, cottage cheese cutlets, hot, tamales, cakes and casseroles flame. The palate delights with a variety of dishes and combinations, and especially surprised when innovative desserts sweet with a touch of coca.
You have to leave the table because experience has just begun. Therefore, some resort to subtle herbal tea place to renew energy and continue the journey.
Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca like the rest of the Quebrada-are summarized in positions of municipal markets and fairs in places where offered from medicinal herbs (such as classical Muna, whom aphrodisiac properties are allocated) to tea and coca candy only found north of the country. Each jujeño goes there with your bag and go home with natural products, children of Mother Earth.
You can not think the table with a tasty dish without a good wine to finish jujeño give a unique touch to the visit. Here the bet is still rising and it is essential to visit a wine high in Maimará and Huacalera, participating in the planting or harvesting vines in another unique experience, like attending one of the gastronomic festivals held in the area every year, accompanied by colorful landscapes and indigenous communities, inviting you to try a casserole made pies or baked clay.
The great diversity of accommodation (ranging from cottages and family homes to hostels and boutique hotels) attracts visitors all year round, whether for a getaway or a weeklong stay, just as restaurants and clubs spread their flavors and music until the wee hours. It remains only to thank you and ask the Pachamama to keep turning the wheel of flavors.