At the country’s northern tip, Jujuy is known for its spectacular landscapes, history and cultural tapestry. The reddish hues and earthy tones of the Andean valleys form the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed Quebrada de Humahuaca. At 3,400 metres lie a seemingly infinite expanse of the white salt flats, which spread over 212 km². Hundreds of archaeological sites from the pre-Inca period to the independence of Argentina dot the province’s rugged landscape.
The province is undergoing a plan to promote its distinct cultural identity and natural beauty to unlock the potential of the tourism sector. Jujuy Airport has recently undergone a renovation to accommodate more passengers and new road construction has eased travel throughout the province. Jujuy alone has the third largest lithium deposits in the world. Currently under development is the largest solar park in Latin America, which will generate 300 megawatts of energy.
- Population: 745,000
- Area: 53,219 km²
- Capital: San Salvador de Jujuy
- Top export: Metallic minerals
About San Salvador de Jujuy
The Salinas Grandes are 12,000 hectares of white plains that go from Salta to Jujuy, at an average altitude of over 3,400 meters above sea level.
A UNESCO World Heritage-listed valley and an original Inca route, the narrow 155 kilometers-long Quebrada de Humahuaca winds its way up the province of Jujuy towards Bolivia, buffered by dramatic layered rock formations in vivid multi-coloured hues.
Pumamarca and Tilcara are two beautifully-preserved, cobblestone ‘pueblos’ in the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley, the former known for its rich textile and craft market, the latter considered the capital of Argentine archaeology and home to the thousand year old pre-Incan site of Pucará.
The province’s capital, San Salvador de Jujuy, was founded by Spaniards in 1593 and emanates out of the large central Plaza General Belgrano, home to the city’s splendid Government House and beautiful eighteenth-century cathedral.