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Purmamarca

Purmamarca, Purmamarca, Salta

The Basics

The sleepy pueblo of Purmamarca is home to one of Argentina’s oldest and prettiest churches, the centuries-old Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima, which was constructed from adobe and thistle wood and dates back to 1648. The town also serves as a popular base for exploring some of the region’s other natural attractions, including the spectacular Salinas Grandes salt flat and the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley.

Visitors with limited time can visit the town and the Cerro de los Siete Colores together on a day trip from Jujuy or Salta. If you have time to spend a night in the pueblo, you can take advantage of the dry air and high altitude to do some stargazing.

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Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
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$35.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Tour was excellent & we had a wonderful day
Itinerary includes diverse stops, (for sightseeing, eating, hiking, photos, shopping) without feeling too rushed or packed The tour guide was knowledgeable, entertaining and spoke English very well. They had 2 drivers to take turns which was a great safety feature And they make small gestures (local candy) which gives the tour a really thoughtful & enjoyable vibe. Would fully recommend (Only small caveat: need to organize transfer to meeting point in the morning, but it is very doable in Salta)
Soo, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Salta

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Our guide Freddy was knowledgeable...
John C. T, Jun 2015
Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca
Our guide Freddy was knowledgeable, friendly, energetic, and enthusiastic to share the sights with us. The driver Fernando was excellent, the coach was clean and comfortable, and our general comfort throughout the day was attended to. It was a great day of sightseeing and learning.
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Reliable travel agency
Aliaksandr_K, Mar 2020
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
Long trip, but views are amazing. Small bus with enough legroom. Guides are very polite and helpful. A lot of info in Spanish, less in English
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We saw the painted mountains-period
hollygunn10, Feb 2020
Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara
This was a good tour and hit the highlights. It was a typical tour where you’re dropped off and have to walk past all of the little shops or are dumped in front of a particular restaurant. We walked away from everyone and found much more interesting things. Our guide did not have very good English nor did she describe many of our surroundings on the long drive there. We did see what we’d come to see though and Viator made it easy.
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Hike with Fabricio
prestonr952, Dec 2019
Trekking Purmamarca
Fabricio was an excellent guide and we are so glad we did this on our first morning in Purnamarca because he explained so much about the geology and flora and fauna and we were able to really appreciate the region on the following days. He was very good at accommodating our hiking pace and I highly recommend him! Preston Read and family
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Good day out
kayandallan100, Nov 2019
Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca
A long day but well worth it. We booked with viator and the travel company was Uma travel. Our guide Maria made all the difference. She was so much fun and made sure English speaking guests were involved as much as spanish. Good driver. Highly recommended for colourful hills and markets.
star-4
Beautiful tour
Luosha L, Jun 2019
Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara
It is a beautiful tour, you will see different landscape on your way, and William the guide is very kind and helpful.
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This tour is amazing! The tour guide...
Gabriella V, Jan 2018
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
This tour is amazing! The tour guide Jeremy and Fabian were exquisite, they explained everything a bout the mountains and the salinas, took their time providing incredible info. The scenery is just indescribable, your drive through the mountains that have so many colors. the altitude wasn't a problem for me, but diffidently could feel it a bit, just recommend taking it easy. Would definitely recommend this tour!
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Interesting and organised tour
Witless_Protection, Aug 2019
Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca
Overall an enjoyable tour, there are lots of varied stops packed in and they are organised so you stop at the areas one one side of the valley out and the other side on the return to get the best from the sunshine. The tour was billed as in English but was mainly Spanish speakers. It felt like most was translated reasonably faithfully. Time on the minibus was worth it overall even though the return leg felt quite long.
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The tour was great! The tour guide...
Joanna D, Oct 2017
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
The tour was great! The tour guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable. The route is beautiful and scenic so even if most time is spent on the bus, it gives you the chance to absorb the changing landscape and the information provided by the tour guide. Highly recommended.
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We really enjoyed this tour : it was...
markaleverton, Apr 2018
Quebrada de Humahuaca Day Trip from Salta Including Purmamarca
We really enjoyed this tour : it was well organised and rythemed with many stops which was important considering it was a full 12 hour tour ! Only qualm really was the last leg of the drive back where we lost a lot of time in traffic dropping off people in San Salvador de Jujuy Beautiful landscapes : strongly recommended!
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This is a 'must do' if you are in...
Nichola B, Apr 2017
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
This is a 'must do' if you are in the Salta region. It is a long day, but well worth it. Our guide spoke excellent English and was very inclusive with his commentary. The scenery is absolutely breath taking. We even got to try cocoa leaves as we climbed in altitude nearly 4200m!
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Great tour. I also did the Cachi...
Shelley O, Mar 2017
Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara
Great tour. I also did the Cachi tour the day before, so had the same guide. He spoke good English and I sat at the front so he could provide the commentary to me in English after he had done it in Spanish. It would have been better if the admission to Picard de Tilcara was included in the price of the tour. The lunch spot where we stopped in Humahuaca was not great, but the guide did make a point of saying it was optional to eat there. The scenery is fantastic and the towns really provide the essential sense of history and culture. really are amazing cult

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water; the climate here is hot and dry.

  • If you’re already planning a trip to the Salinas Grandes from Salta, do yourself a favor and stay the night in Purmamarca on the way there or back.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, especially if you want to hike around the colorful hills.

  • One of the largest handicraft markets in Northern Argentina sets up in the city’s main plaza during the day.

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How to Get There

Buses to Purmamarca depart from Jujuy nearly every hour throughout the day; the trip takes a little over an hour. The most convenient way to visit from Salta is to join a guided day trip.

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When to Get There

The weather in Purmamarca ranges from 90°F (32°C) in the summer (Oct–Feb) to 70°F (21°C) in winter (May–August), and the town is pleasant to visit all year round. In the summer, head out for a hike in the early morning or evening when the Cerro de los Siete Colores is illuminated in the golden hour glow and the weather isn’t too hot.

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What to Eat in Purmamarca

Foodies won’t want to leave Purmamarca without sampling some of the town’s hearty regional cuisine. Restaurants range from rustic to upscale, and most highlight regional ingredients (like corn, llama, and quinoa) and local dishes (like empanadas, tamales, and locro stew). Whatever you order, you can wash your food down with some local Argentine wine from the surrounding regions.

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