Jujuy Province, Argentina
San Salvador of Jujuy is the capital of the province
Distances: 1.643 kilometers from Buenos Aires
900 kilometers from Córdoba
103 kilometers from Salta
289 La Quiaca
San Salvador de Jujuy is situated 1259 meters above the sea level.
It presents natural beauty in each one of the small towns where modern constructions mix with old buildings from the colonial time. In front of the central square, the council building is situated, as well as the Cathedral and the Government House. The oldest church is Santa Bárbara whose roof of tiles and wooden suspenders are famous.
How to get to Jujuy
By land you can get to Jujuy by the Nº 9 and Nº 34 national roads
Departure from Buenos Aires by RN N° 9 traveling by the cities of Campana, Zarate, to branch of to baradero, Ramallo, till Rosario, to continue by RN N° 34 by Rafaela, traveling by the cities of Sunchales, Ceres. La banda, Santiago del Estero, subsequently take the RN N° 9 by Termas de Rió Hondo, Rosario de la Frontera till the crossroads of RN N° 34, continuing by Gral Martín de Guemes, then passing by the crossroads of RN N°34 y RN N° 66 to finally arrived to San Salvador de Jujuy
The Nº 40 National road is other option to get to Jujuy but less used because of its length.
It is possible to get to San Salvador de Jujuy by Bus from Capital Federal to Jujuy, the trip takes 20 hours approximately. You will find also daily bus frequencies.
Exists also international bus lines that reunite the province with the Chilean North.
To get to Jujuy there’s daily flight departures from Jorge Newbery to Horacio Guzmán International Airport. The flight takes 2 hours approximately till Jujuy. The International Airport is located 32 kilometers away from the city.
Virgen de la Candelaria
The ceremonies to honor the Virgen de la Candelaria starts with the traditional “Baile del Torito” ( representation of a bull decorated with fireworks) that dances surprising and cheering up in the middle of the audience, custom of Hispanic origin.
The Main acts to honor the Virgen takes place with the religious procession accompanied by sikuris and erkes bands, gauchos parades, and criolla skills shows.
Along the celebration the participants joined the “comparsas” in the town surroundings to be part of the “Carnival exhumation” ceremony. The fun starts with carnavalitos and dances in a “carnaval de ablande” (a week before), subsequently the celebration of the Big Carnival takes place and finally, a week after; the small carnival takes place with the funeral of the carnival. Between dance and dance you will taste delicious empanadas, choclos, goat cheese, lamb roast and much more.
A large variety of humitas are prepared sweet or salty for the festival accompanied by musical groups and bands.
Along the religious celebration the habitant’s o jujeños express their most sincere and deep believes. The Wednesday of Holly week, a huge pilgrim procession brings the Virgen de Copacabana from the Sanctuary in Punta Corral, after a long walk journey by mountains, and accompanied by sikuris bands. The old traditions and Spanish customs are evident in the “Cristo Yacente” procession that takes place on Holly Friday. The main streets are decorated with majestic hermits, beautiful handmade work made with fruits, seeds, and leaves from the place, representing the different stations of the “vía cruces”.
The commemoration of Jujuy foundation takes place with the tribute to Don Francisco de Argañaráz and Murguía (Jujuy Founder-1593).
Museums International Day
This particular date is remembered with a complete list of activities, conferences, choir presentations, photography displays and Paints exhibits, etc.
This day takes place the celebration of the cattle patron Saint, with the "señalada" ceremony in the Ravine and Andean plateau towns and the “marcada” ceremony in the valley towns.
Santa Ana Fair
Ancient Religious custom consists in the making and subsequent barter of miniature objects, in fairs that congregates people from the town.
All August month
Along the entire month the ceremonies to honor the Pachamama (Mother Earth) takes place. A millenary ceremony takes place it consists in “da de comer y beber” to the earth with food, drinks and coca leaves offerings.
San Salvador Patron Saint of San Salvador de Jujuy.
August 18 to 23
The habitants of Jujuy honor the events and the heroic expression that took place on August 23 of 1.812 with conferences, folkloric festivals, regional food fairs, artist’s exhibits, etc.
The central acts takes place on 22 in the Capital, to evoke the "Éxodo Jujeño" with the symbolic burning of the city ( built at river shore just for the celebration), and subsequent parade towards the city (with epoch attires , carriages, coach’s, horses and cattle). The 23 the civic – military and gaucha parade takes place.
Río Blanco and Paypaya Virgen
The entire Jujuy honors the patron Saint with liturgical acts. Along the four Sundays of the month, pilgrimages towards the Virgen Sanctuary in “Río Blanco” take place, 7 kilometers away from the capital.
Attractive Tourist Places
· Belgrano Square
· Palace of Government
· San Francisco Church
· Santa Bárbara Church
· San Francisco Museum
· Bellas Artes
· Mineral and Paleontological Museum
· Thermal Baths Lagunas de Yala
· Thermal Baths de Reyes
· Thermal Baths Caimancito
· Thermal Baths Nevado de Chañi
· Thermal Baths El Palmar: Chorro de Plata, El Idolo, Fuente Roja
· Calilegua National Park
Quebrada de Humahuaca (Gully of Humahuaca). This town was founded in 1591. It has beautiful landscapes that harmonize with the adobe houses and the narrow paved streets where time seems to have stopped. The church, built in the XVI century (1648), contains a profusely golden altar. The Virgen de la Candelaria is venerated there.
One of the main attractiveness of this gully is the Pucará of Tilcara, a fortified town built by the native Omaguacas before Columbus arrival.
The monolith that marks the Tropic of Capricorn. Here, on June 21, the Inti Raymi (Party of the Sun) takes place; this celebration is an old Aymará tradition that is carried out just in the moment when the winter solstice begins. It is done in order to receive the new agricultural cycle.
Termas de Reyes. It is located 19 kilometers from Jujuy. This is a thermal source of imponderable therapeutic value.
Dique La Ciénaga (Dike). It is located 31 kilometers from Jujuy. It is a beautiful reservoir. Fishing and nautical sports can be practiced here.
Villa Tilcara. It is located 84 kilometers from Jujuy. Currently, Villa Tilcara, is one of the most important summer villages of Jujuy. Its origin can be tracked until the beginnings of this century. Tilcara is famous thanks to its archaeological locations.
Yala Station and Yala Lagoons Potrero de Yala Reserve. It is located 27 kilometers from San Salvador of Jujuy. It possesses 12 lagoons which are situated at the foot of the Chañi Mountains.
Purmamarca. This is an indigenous town that maintains its colonial characteristics and its pottery traditions. It is situated 2192 meters above the sea level and it is framed by the Hill of the Seven Colors whose strata reflects diverse geologic ages.
Maimará. It is a small town situated 2.384 meters above the sea level. It keeps modest constructions of colonial style. Nearby, the Posta de Hornillos is placed; this old refuge sheltered travelers who were in transit to Alto Peru.
Tumbaya. This town is located 47 kilometers from Jujuy. Here, there is an old country property that possesses a beautiful natural amphitheater. The Church was built in 1794.
Posta de Hornillos. It is located 24 kilometers from the population of Tumbaya. This is an old post placed on the road to the Alto Perú - Virreinato del Río de la Plata. Today, it has been restored as a museum and an archaeological site.
Abra Pampa. It is an important commercial center that is located 90 kilometers from Humahuaca. Here, there is an agricultural experimental sub-station called "Abra Pampa Miraflores" where you will be able to appreciate the proper fauna of the gulch and the puna in their natural habitat. Some places of interest to visit are: the Cerro Huancar and the Archaeological Museum Leopoldo Aban.
Iruya. This is a picturesque town located on a muzzle. Nobody remembers when it was founded. It is surrounded by numerous villages that can be reached only by paths because they were built in deep gulches or abrupt hillsides. Colanzulí, Porongal, Rodeo Grande, Las Higueras, Isla de Cañas, Matancillas and San Isidro are some of these indigenous populations.
International Crossing Points
In Jujuy theres two International crossing points, which connect the province with Chile and Bolivia.
Jama international crossing point
It allows arriving to Jujuy from the Pacífico, by Chile. The crossing point (4.230 m.a.s.l) is located in Wide Andes Mountain Range.
La Quiaca International crossing point
It connects La Quiaca city (Argentina) with Villazón (Bolivia) trough Nº 9 National route, it crosses by a bridge above Sococha River. It is the only authorized crossing point by the Customs-house and the Department of Immigration; it is situated just 293 kilometers away from San Salvador de Jujuy.
Jujuy Province Tourism and Culture Secretary