Humahuaca Independence Monument
Humahuaca a small town around an hour further North of Tilcara. The town is dominated by the giant "Independence Monument" that towers above the little town square.
Looking down from the monument
From the monument there are sweeping views of the town and the coloured mountains behind the town.
Humahuaca from the top of the monument
Also within the town is a 16th Century church (one if the oldest in Argentina) and the newer town hall which boasts an animatronic Saint who comes out the bless onlookers at midday ( yeah, it's a bit weird).
The saint blessing the crowd from the town hall clocktower
The town itself is quite small and dusty as most of the roads are unpaved - when the wind blows, dust storms can be quite bad.
Dust storm in Humahuaca
However, outside the town are many beautiful treks into the multicoloured mountains that Humahuaca is famous for.
Just over the river is the short trail to the Virgin Medalla Milagrosa shrine.
Humahuaca from the top of the shrine
Some of the coloured mountains
The Hornocal is around 23km from Humahuaca and is easily reachable by hiring a taxi from the bus station at a cost of around $ARS150 per person ($AUD15). The road winds high (4300m) into the mountains - so expect to feel the effects of altitude.
Looking back towards Humahuaca
The Painter's Pallette
The Hornocal from the lookout
So, instead I opted to take a bus to the tiny village of Uquía to hike up into the "Las Senoritas" formation.
The trail leads from beside the Uquía church following the road from the town.
The road from the town
Getting closer to the formations
And the incredible views back down the valley through the many coloured mountains of Humahuaca.
Looking back down the gully