It is a short drive from Tilcara to Humahuaca. We made our way up there pretty fast after enjoying walking around in Tilcara one last time. We stopped at our new hostel – Hostal La Antigua – in the center of Humahuaca to check-in and drop our bags. We then found crazy empenadas deals (21 for 105 pesos…!!!) for lunch and prepared to drive up to the Cerro de los quatorce colores, about 1h drive away from Humahuaca. The drive isn’t easy, as you go from about 2900m in town to over 4000m on a 24km dirt road. Luckily for us, the sun was out (which also means we were cooking in the car) and the viewpoint was breathtaking.
There is also a path going from the mirador (viewpoint) that you can take to get closer to the mountain and enjoy a full view of the colors all the way down in the valley. Make sure you have time – it isn’t a long walk down but the way back up will definitely take your breath away (literally). We relaxed for a while, soaking in the sun and trying to remember all the colors and shapes of the mountains in front of us. I honestly don’t think I have ever seen something like this before, and it left us all speechless.
We spent the rest of the day in Humahuaca, looking for food (literally). It was the 9 de julio – which is the day of the celebration of independence in Argentina (200 birthday this year!), and most of the stores and markets closed early in the afternoon. We prepared our bags and got ready to leave for Iruya in the morning, a small village in the mountains about 3hrs from Humahuaca.