Just north of Salta lies the Humahuaca Gorge, a vast 155 km (97 mile) stretch of land that comes complete with amazing views and intriguing archeological discoveries. Once used as an Inca connective corridor, this geological crack holds an impressive place in South American history, constituting a necessary trade and travel route between the Andes Mountains and modern day central and southern Argentina. So important was it that UNESCO identified Humahuaca as a Human Heritage Site in 2003.
And the adventures, you ask? Well for starters, this gorge is a playground for hikers, bikers and anyone looking to get off-road. Start with a trek to the "Hill of Seven Colors" from Purmamarca, or take things up another notch with a ride or hike from Tilcara to the Garganta del Diablo (Argentina's less well-known "Devil's Throat"). From here you can tackle some 4-wheeling or sandboarding along the Cerro Morado, mountain biking along Argentina's Rio Grande, or explore the Coctaca Ruins just northwest of the town of Humahuaca. With so much to do and such a large area to do it in, be sure to check our listed websites to help finalize plans for your adventure in one of Northern Argentina's most scenic landscapes.