|Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - 6:14 pm: |
I think this passage describes the area excellently.
"Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley, is located in the Province of Jujuy -northwest Argentina. It is a north-south corridor of 155 km bordered by the Altiplano in the west and north; the Sub-Andean hills in the east and the warm valleys in the south. Quebrada de Humahuaca has exceptional characteristics, as a result of the continuous interaction between a geoecological system and the different cultures that lived there in the last 10,000 years.
From the beginning, it has been a path of social, cultural and economic connection both in a North-South direction (from the Andes to the prairies) and in a West-East direction (from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans).
Caravan road in remote times, southern part of the Inca empire, stretch of the commercial royal path between Rio de la Plata and Alto Peru, witness of eleven bloody battles for the independence of the Argentine Nation, the coming of the railroad at the beginning of the XX century, and today part of the "Corredor Bioceanico" make it an area of incredible history 10,000 years old."
Hope you like it.
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|Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 9:50 pm: |
Excellent information, Andrea. Thank you! The Humauaca ravine is truly astonishing. There is some more information about Jujuy on these pages. Here are some pictures as well.
I found some interesting information to complement yours. The town of Humauaca had been founded apparently in 1594 by Juan Ochoa Zarate and a few missionaries. Up until the end of the 19th century this region was flourishing due to the commerce from Alto Peru, dating from the colonial days.
The picturesque population is one of the last ones to survive and is at the center of the life in the nearby area, all around the Puna region.
Most visitors do not stay overnight, even when there are a couple of very interesting excursions that might make it worth the stay. A case in point are the archeological ruins of Coctaca, just 5 miles away. It is also possible to visit Iruya, in Salta, bordering Jujuy, about 50 miles away. Iruya has steeps streets with no sidewalks and is an exceptional experience for those interested in pre-incaic culture. Worth mentioning is the Humauaca carnival, famous in Argentina for its deep rooted traditions. It lasts about 8 days and there are many religious ceremonies throughout the festival. The whole Puna region is very rich in sculptures, artifacts and paintings from natives. I found these crazy guys who traveled the whole area mounted on their bikes... Must have been something.
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