The colourful valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca in Jujuy Province, northern Argentina is famous for its colors and sounds, this prehispanic district located in the Humahuaca Ravine is one of the classical postcards from Northern Argentina.
Purmamarca is one of the most picturesque villages in the Humahuaca Ravine. Its name means “the lion’s village” in the Quechua tongue and little is known about the exact dates on which the first settlements occurred.
The most outstanding, which has made the city that popular, is the hill of the seven colors (Cerro de los 7 colores). It has its name due to the various pigments by the minerals. This hill is part of the eastern mountain range and is located right West of the population nucleus of Purmamarca.
The colors could come from the palette of a painter but Cerro de los Siete Colores is quite real.
The trek around the hills takes around an hour. Best time to experience the peace, quiet and wonderfully clean air of the region is during a 45 minute period just after dawn. It is realy worth the early rise – the sun works its magic and the hills become resplendent.
At mid-afternoon the village and its hills, are left alone to regain the timeless rhythm of the Andes.