- Humahuaca – desert town near some impressive rock formations
- Purmamarca – home to the beautiful Hill of Seven Colors
- La Quiaca – less touristed border town on the way to Bolivia
- San Salvador de Jujuy – provincial capital with colonial architecture and strong indigenous presence
- Tilcara – archeology and indigenous culture
- Uquía – tiny town with a little old church
- Calilegua National Park – biologically diverse Yungas forest
- Quebrada de Humahuaca – narrow valley with prehistoric sites and beautiful mountain landscapes
San Salvador de Jujuy is a perfect jump off point for exploring some of the most desolate and wonderful scenes in the world.
Most people you will encounter in the Jujuy region will speak only Spanish. There are however large numbers of people from Bolivia and Peru who speak Quechua.
From Salta it's only a two hour bus journey for ARS17 (Mar 2008) or share a remis and grab a empanada while you're waiting. Some of the best meat empanadas are sold just across the road from the bus station where the remise leaves from. The bus station is a 15 minute slow walk to the centre of town and a taxi should cost no more than ARS3. When you arrive, walk the length of the makeshift market where you can buy food clothes and coca. The street food near the bus stop is excellent and cheap (4 empanadas for ARS1). Cross the bridge and just keep walking. The main street is Belgrano.
From Bolivia, the main border crossing is at Villazón (Bolivia) and La Quiaca (Argentina). You can get to the border by bus or train from elsewhere in Bolivia, and then catch a bus from the La Quiaca bus terminal to other parts of Jujuy.
The towns in the province are well connected by buses. To see some of the more remote natural attractions, though, you'll need to drive or pay for a private car or tour.
This province has stunning nature – staggering mountains and desert, sprinkled with cacti. A drive or bus ride through the region's highways will bring you past beautiful mountain views, and a couple of towns in the region (Humahuaca and Purmamarca) are known for their distinctive colorful mountains.
- Travel to Humahuaca and take a truffi to Santa Ana, a traditional empty town of adobe buildings enclosed by breathtaking mountains standing at 5,000 m.
- Trek the 5 hours through spectacular surroundings to arrive in Paseo Colorado, a beautiful tiny town, and another 10 hours trek through Valle Grande to San Francisco where you'll find natural thermal baths and los yungas. It is only a two or three hour trek away, but beware of the altitude on your return. This two-hour trek could take up to five hours on return.
There are so many different price ranges to choose from and one of the most upscale is Miralejos facing the Plaza Belgrano. Not only is the food the best in Argentina, so is the wine and the conversation. If you want to try some of the sweetest desserts go to Casa Bindo. You might never finish your dessert but it's worth it for the sugar high at least.
There are quite a few hostels in Jujuy but none like Yok Wahi on La Madrid. The staff enjoy working there and it makes a real difference. Whether you speak good Spanish or not, these guys will help you find mountains, get drunk, and laugh a lot!
- Aldea Luna (1 hour (20km) from San Salvador de Jujuy), e-mail: email@example.com. Just 20km outside Jujuy is an incredible nature Reserva tucked away in the mountains, and wonderful place to learn about organic farming and to explore the natural surroundings. Enjoy peace and tranquility with the best vegetarian food in the area. Aldea Luna is located in the NW corner of Argentina. Remember to reserve.
In this largely rural, tourist-friendly area, the biggest concern is altitude sickness. Take it easy when ascending to high altitudes.