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San Salvador de Jujuy

San Salvador de Jujuy
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By Air

The Gobernador Horacio Guzman International Airport (IATA: JUJ, ICAO: SASJ) is 33 km southeast of the city (in Ciudad Perico) and has regular flights to Buenos Aires.Inaugurated by Governor Dario Arias on April 19, 1967, it was originally named Aeropuerto El Cadillal.The airport was renamed in 1992 for Dr. Horacio Guzman, governor for most of the period between 1958 and 1964, and by whose initiative the facility was built.Aerolíneas Argentinas used to use Jujuy Airport for refuelling before long flights to Bogota, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Lima.

By Bus

Several companies run buses from Salta to Jujuy.The journey takes about 2.5 hours.Several companies also run to and from the Bolivian border.Make sure you buy your bus ticket in the same country as the majority of the journey you are undertaking since getting refunds or reductions for split/delayed journeys is difficult once you cross the border.

Key places to visit
Calilegua National Park, Cathedral of San Salvador de Jujuy, Mitre Theatre, Humahuaca Ravine, Provincial Archeological Museum in Jujuy, Salinas Grandes, Juan Galo Lavalle Museum, Termas de Reyes


Places to Visit

Calilegua National Park

is a national park of Argentina, located at the southeast of the province of Jujuy (Argentine Northwest), at the Ledesma Department, on the eastern slopes of the Calilegua hills.The park was created in 1979 to preserve a representative part of the Southern Andean Yungas ecoregion, one of the environments with the greatest amount of biodiversity in Argentina and to protect the mouths of the rivers of the Calileguas. With an area of 295 m2, it is the largest national park of this region of the country.This area was occupied a long time ago by native groups.Their settlements were located in the lower knoll, near the farming grasslands.The archaeological pieces and sites found in the park, such as pottery and polished stone axes, are related to the communities that inhabited the Yungas region.From the 15th century on, this territory was occupied by the Incas.At present, this region is inhabited by Kolla communities.

Cathedral of San Salvador de Jujuy

Tower of the Cathedral of Jujuy.Jujuy Cathedral dates from the seventeenth century.Inside you can see one of the enduring works of art from the colonial era and which belonged to the mother church, the pulpit.This is the most important country for its composition, age and the subjects depicted.It was carved in wood and cedar nandubay.Located on the same site that the Mother Church, the Cathedral of San Salvador de Jujuy also shares the same year founded the capital of the province, 1593.Built in front of the General Belgrano Square is one of the most harmonious churches of the Northwest and has one of the country's most prominent pulpits.This Catholic church was elevated to the status of Cathedral in 1935, when it created the Diocese of Jujuy. Since 2004, there lie the remains of Canon Juan Ignacio Gorriti and his brother Jose Ignacio Gorriti.

Mitre Theatre

Construction begins in 1893 until the works are stopped because of serious financial problems of the construction company.Faced with this crisis the government decides to issue "shares" counted in 1897 with 33 shareholders among whom were local businessmen, cultural figures and the State.For some months the works progress but again paralyze the October 22, 1897 by dissolving the construction company.Attempts continue to be followed year after year until April 12, 1901, authorizes the executive Ernesto Catholic Leonardi, finish the work. In some documents it appears that the team were also part of Mr. Augusto Bagna Leibman saw and Adolfo.Mitre's name is in adherence to the eightieth birthday of former president.It finally opened on June 23, 1901 and in 1912 already had the first opera company.The exquisite Italian Renaissance architecture and excellent acoustics, called for many theater groups and opera throughout the country and dance in all spectra.

Humahuaca Ravine

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.It happened thousands of years ago.This obvious remark is ratified by the countless amount of objects still being discovered in the outskirts of the village, as well as in the surrounding hills.The most outstanding, which has made the city that lodges it so popular, is the hill of the seven colors.It bears such a name due to the various pigments aquired by the minerals that make up its walls.This hill is part of the eastern mountain range and is located right West of the population nucleus of Purmamarca.It is best seen from the main road we took after having left Route 9 in our way to the surroundings of the hill.

Provincial Archeological Museum in Jujuy

This is one of the most important museums in the Province of Jujuy, as it features a large number of archeological objects used by ancient local tribes.Ever since April 19, 1994, the Provincial Archeological Museum at San Salvador de Jujuy has displayed a great number of archeological objects used by ancient tribes in its five rooms.There is no doubt that this is one of the richest heritages in the Jujuy region.The museum is located at 434, Lavalle Street.It is open everyday from 9am to 12pm and from 3pm to 9pm.It was founded with the aim of gathering and receiving all the findings in the area.The main purpose of the museum consists in preserving material and spreading information about the Pre-Hispanic cultures that dwelled in the Province of Jujuy, such as the Casabindo and the Yavi (in the Jujuy puna), the Omaguacas (in the Ravine) and the San Francisco (in the valleys and the yungas).During the tour, visitors may observe primitive ceramic and rock pieces found in San Pedro, Santa Catalina and Yavi. Besides, metallurgical objects obtained at the Cities of Tilcara and Humahuaca are on display. There is a spectacular diorama representing the way humans lived 9,000 years ago, when settlements were still unusual.

Salinas Grandes

one of the greatest depressions in the province with an exposed surface of over 12,000 hectares of salt, 126km from Purmamarca.Its infinite vastness dazzles visitors with its white color.In order to reach this solitary area, visitors must travel 60 kilometers along National Route 9 up to the crossroad with the road leading to Purmamarca. Once there, they must take National Route 52 and travel 126km more along the Lipan Slope up to Abra de Potrerillo, where the salt flats are located.During the journey, we saw picturesque hamlets such as Yala, Leon, Volcan, Tumbaya and Purmamarca. At Yala, the mountain sceneries feature beautiful panoramic sights.This summer village offers visitors the possibility to camp and enjoy its six main lagoons and the large laurel and walnut tree groves.We were gaining height as we followed a road through hamlets such as Quisquira, Patacal and La Cienaga until we reached the winding Lipan Slope.The meandering road spirals up the Lipan Slope until it reaches 4,140, where the crystal-clear sky gets mingled with the frost and the grasslands.

Juan Galo Lavalle Museum

It operates inside the ancient grand house where Lavalle passed away. He was one of the political-military leaders in the struggle for South American independence.Juan Galo Lavalle Historical Museum (declared National Historical Monument) was inaugurated in 1943 and ever since 1962 it has stood at its present address, 265, Lavalle Street, between San Martín and Belgrano Streets. This is a typical grand house from colonial times which contains 9 rooms and 2 inner yards.At that very spot, on October 9, 1841, 44-year-old General Juan Galo Lavalle passed away after being defeated by the federales in the battle of Famailla.His body was carried to Huacalera, a settlement in the Humahuaca Ravine, in order to avoid the federal troops.The museum was created as a tribute to the political leader. Its 7 rooms do not feature any chronological order and they contain sculptures, furniture, paintings, fire weapons, swords, documents, banners as well as civil and military outfits of the period. The venue also offers a temporary show room and a room for videos and conferences.

Termas de Reyes

lies 18 Km. away from San Salvador de Jujuy.The amazement and magic of a unique site is combined with a system of groundwater streams whose temperature surpasses 50º C, teeming with mineral salts and nourishing elements.In order to reach this placid region, visitors must travel along National Route 9 up to the Reyes River Ravine, where they must turn right into Provincial Route 4, made of gravel and travel the final kilometers until they reach a perfect site for relax and rest.Surrounded by hills covered by lush vegetation at 1,300 meters above sea level, there lies Hotel Spa Termas de Reyes, where a very polite staff provides guests all the comfort and options when it comes to enjoying hot spring baths.The Reyes hot springs stimulate body defenses, depurate blood, eliminate toxins and reactivate metabolism.Among the most outstanding results, analgesic and antispasmodic effects are managed.In addition, these waters are a very powerful sedative for the nervous system.

Right Time to Visit

April - August
October - February