With our own experience we have made a fairly extensive list of the Frequently Asked Questions. Many doubts usually come to our mind when planning the trip, packing the bags and, sometimes, also just before leaving. In case you do not find the answer to your inquiry write us an email to email@example.com and we will try to help you.
We recommend bringing a light bag or a backpack because, due to the mountainous geography of the north, with gravel roads with ups and downs, it can be very difficult to move very large bags, even if they have wheels. It´s not sure to get a cab to go from the bus station to the hotel. If you want to see a suggested list of taxis and remises visit the section Useful infromation.
Due to the height above sea level, in the Quebrada de Humahuaca there is a large temperature amplitude. At noon it is hot but at dawn and at night it gets colder. The temperature goes from 7° to 28° on average. It is important to bring comfortable and light clothing, as well as some warm clothing, to be prepared for the full range of temperatures. We recommend to bring a small backpack to take there water, fruit, coat, etc. during the day.
Do not forget a razor, cap or hat, sunglasses, windbreaker jacket, sunscreen and sneakers for trekking in Tilcara or anywhere else in the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
In almost every town there is an ATM (only Banelco). So far there are ATMs in Tilcara, Humahuaca, Purmamarca and further north of the province as well (La Quiaca). Take this into account to take money in the capital cities because in the small towns it´s rare to find posnet service.
The Hotel Antigua Tilcara does not have its own parking, but that´s why we have made an agreement with Hostal Sayana, located only 1 block from us. The parking lot is open from 08:00 to 22:00. It is not roofed. It has an approximate cost of AR$80 per vehicle per day.
Sure! If you have to make an excursion and your stay is over, or if you arrive early or for any other reason, and you want us to keep your bags, no problem, it´s free.
Of course. This hotel is suitable for celiacs and advocates for the inclusion of all. There are not many hotels in Tilcara that offer differentiated breakfast. You just need to inform us with some anticipation.
We suggest you to choose one of the three most tourist towns (Purmamarca, Tilcara or Humahuaca) to sleep and from there move to other places. Check-in and check-out on different hotels can take away much of the day. On the other hand, it is advisable to spend at least one night in Iruya or Yavi.
It would take a lifetime to go through all the NOA. It is a destination with many different activities to do. You can do trekking, bikking, motorcycling, 4×4, long walks through beautiful landscapes, learn about culinary and musical culture, etc.
If you want us to help you to plan your trip, send us an e-mail specifying the number of days that you are planning to stay and we will suggest a circuit to you.
Keep in mind that to go throught the Quebrada de Humahuaca you would need at least one week. To find out what to do in Tilcara we recommend you to visit this section: What to do in the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
If your idea is to travel quietly we recommend you to visit the region during the low season months that are May, June, September, October, November and December. You have to check some specific holidays such as holy week or long holidays.
Rains are not usual in winter and the climate is ideal. Although the hotel plaza is 100% complete (you have to come yes or yes with reservation) it is very quiet because of the type of public that comes (specially families and couples). In summer it usually rains but not so much. In January each weekend is celebrated the "Enero Tilcareño": various musical groups that crowds many young people. It´s a real musical feast. Finally, there is the Carnival that is a separate case because it congregates together different kinds of public. It is recommended to book more than 6 months in advance and stay several days because during these days it is difficult to move from one place to another.
If you are looking for a place with a lot of nightlife, bars, bowls, etc. the Quebrada de Humahuaca may not be your destination. This region is characterized by having "peñas", bars and very good gastronomy, but everything close up at 1 am aprox. It must be recognized that most of the clubs and bars are in Tilcara, which was in turn the birthplace of important musicians and folk ensembles. An alternative nightly activity in these places is to go for a walk and see the infinite stars shining.
As we explained before, in summer cloudy and rainy days are very typical, so the temperature is usually even lower, on average, than in winter. The cold of the summer is a humid cold, so it gives the feeling that it is colder.
In winter there are few cold days. Most of the days the temperature varies between 18° and 25°.
It is highly recommended to travel to this regions in the months of May, June, July, August and September where the days are cleared and you can do almost all tourist circuits with common cars.
The "altitude sickness" or stamping occurs due to the lack of adaptation of the body to the decrease of oxygen caused by altitude. Tilcara is located 2.550 meters above sea level. It is not as high as other places but you might as well pick it up. The most common symptoms are dizziness, headache and vomiting. In pharmacies we get remedies against the puncture, but we recommend a coca tea (in the hotel we prepare you one as kindness of the house!), to walk calm and to acclimatize yourself.
Most of the year the weather in Tilcara is dry because it rains only between November and March. We recommend that you always have a sun protector and cacao butter for the lips.
No. The rainy season starts in October-November and ends in March. During the rest of the year it does not rain, so the climate is predominantly dry. Summer is usually rainy. One every three days it rains, but there are no torrential rains.
It can be reached from San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Tupiza / Villazón (Bolivia) and Salta (Argentina).
We suggest you read the section: Location
The quickest way to get to Tilcara is to take a private taxi. It costs approximately AR$700. Another option is to go to San Salvador de Jujuy with the airport combi (approx. AR$180). Then in San Salvador de Jujuy you take a bus at the bus terminal (approx. AR$80).
Another option is to rent a car with the company Hertz, which costs approx. AR$900 per day. Ask for more information.
The distance is about 250km and there are two options. You can take a private remis direct to Tilcara: $ 1700 approx.
Another option is to take a bus to Jujuy from the bus terminal of Salta (AR$100 apox.). From there take a bus to Tilcara: AR$70.
In the Quebrada de Humahuaca, the "shared" mode is very common. There are other tourists with their own cars and do not hesitate to invite other tourists to share the trip. There are also shared Taxis. The driver looks for 4 passengers and makes the trip. Also you are going to fin bus services all along the entire Quebrada de Humahuaca.
There are also some tourist agencies in Tilcara and in Jujuy that offer private tours to make more exclusive circuits.
Tilcara is not a small town and every year it grows more and more. However, it is very difficult to get lost. We recommend you to visit the section: Location.
Some GPS maps are not up to date and do not yield data if you do not enter our exact address. Google Maps is a good source as it keeps you updated day by day with your own data. There you can find us very easily!
You can also try typing our coordinates:
By Bus: The buses of the company Vallisto leave Tilcara and make transshipment with the company Iruya, in Humahuaca. They departure form Tilcara at 07:00; 09:00 and 14:00. They combine with the other bus at 08:20 hs.; 10:30 hs. and at 15:30 hs. respectively, in the city of Humahuaca. Total journey time: 4 hours one way. The Panamericano company bus departures at 08:00 hs. from Tilcara. No transfer in Humahuaca.
By Car: Take national route 9 in the north direction. About 30 km north of Humahuaca there is a signpost to the right marked "Iruya". DO NOT TAKE THAT DEVIATION, since that road is destroyed. Continue 200 meters and turn into the "Gauchito Gil" square where, once inside this route, you will see the corresponding signs to reach Iruya. In summer it is not recommended to go by car because the river grows up.
By bus: There are buses at 06:00 in the morning (except Sundays) and at 13:15, 14:00 and 15:30. These services leave you in Humahuaca and from there you have to combine with any bus to go to another town. Travel Time from Iruya to Humahuaca: 3 hours.
When you go through Maimara you may be fined. These fines are illegal and for the moment the only thing that can be done is to pay it. The ombudsman Victor Galarza has filed a lawsuit against the municipality of Maimará to revoke the measure, which is illegal for attempting to legislate on a national highway when it comes to a municipal institution without competencies. So far, we have learned that there are illegal controls in Maimará and also between Güemes and San Salvador de Jujuy.
- On Carnival holidays, the route is congested and it can take 3 to 6 hours to arrive from Jujuy to Tilcara. Go out with time and patience.
- Usually lack fuel, ideally fill the fuel tank in San Salvador de Jujuy.
- Money is often missing from the ATMs and the north does not have many places with posnet service. Bring cash.
- If you come by bus try to book the ticket in advance. Balut and Evelia companies are the serious ones.
- If your intention is to party "Carnavalear" bring clothes suitable for that purpose, that is to say, susceptible of being spoiled, since people can throw you talc, flour, king momo, painting, etc.