While I spent very little time in Jujuy during my volunteer mission, my dear wife spent several months in Jujuy as a missionary herself. In mid-2005, as part of an independent research project, we visited Argentina's northernmost province together to travel along both Ruta 40 and Ruta 9 in hopes of discovering the hidden treasures and villages of the Humahuaca Canyon. Now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this province offers indigenous fortresses, historic museums, adobe chapels, and dusty roads. Once territory of Perú (a key factor in understanding local traditions), select churches still display colonial images of Cusco along their walls.
So, here are a few stops to make during your trip: Visit the yellow adobe church of Tumbaya. See the hillside cemetery of Maimara, set against the zigzag patterns of Paleta del Pintor. Admire the Hill of Seven Colors that embraces Purmamarca. Explore the recreated fortresses and corrals of Pucara de Tilcara. And make it to Humahuaca before 12:00 noon so you can witness San Francisco Solano appear from the local clock tower to bless the central plaza (the world's first animated saint).
Below is a compilation of photos taken during 2005 and subsequent trips. For further information and travel consultation, please visit Imagine Argentina Travel.