The Journey Continues – Purmamarca

After our, ahem, interesting night in Salta – we woke up and were excited to get out and continue North. Deciding to rent a car was the best idea we had. We were able to rent one for a pretty reasonable price – 420 pesos each! We had originally asked for a smaller car, as it was cost efficient, but luckily for us the car had issues so we got this baby instead! DSCF5774Considering the roads we were to drive on in the next coming days; we lucked out. I like to think they did this on purpose. . .

BTW, I highly recommend renting a car – it gives you the freedom to travel at your leisure, and take as many photo ops as you want (lord knows we did).

Tip: If you are going to drive outside of Buenos Aires, and you are American, you need an international drivers license. I also recommend being able to drive a stick as they are more readily available and cheaper to rent. I don’t have an IDL, nor can I drive stick, so all I had to do was sit back and enjoy the views :).


Next on our newly dubbed “Salta, it’s natural” circuit was Purmamarca – home to the famed Cerro de los Siete Colores.

Cerro de los Siete Colores - Eva Pederson

Cerro de los Siete Colores – Eva Pederson

There are two ways to get to Purmamarca from Salta (we learned this a little too late) – on your typical highway, or through the jungle. We, of course, crossed into the region of Jujuy through the jungle. IMG_7838The drive was beautiful, yet slightly unnerving. Prepare yourself for hairpin curves and steep drops. On this road, 2 is a crowd, so be courteous and pull to side; if you can.  Don’t allow this to sway you out of taking the jungle, be adventurous, it’s a gorgeous drive.

Lastly be warned – the closer you get to the Bolivian border the more frequent the check points are. This can be time consuming but, luckily for us, most of the time they would look in the car say something like “todas hermosas” and wave us through.

We arrived at Purmamarca right as the sun was setting and our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The rosy skies, adobe buildings, and el Cerro de los Siete Colores all blended together and left everything draped in pink.


8 thoughts on “The Journey Continues – Purmamarca

  1. You are bringing back great memories of our trip to Argentina. We spent a week travelling in the region around Salta. Don’t miss Tilcara if you have a chance and the Salinas Grande is quite spectacular as is the road to get there.

    By the way, we never had to show an International Driver License in all of the countries in which we have ever rented a car so I am surprised to hear that you had to in Salta. Maybe it is because we always rent our cars before we leave for the trip…don’t know. (Suzanne)

    1. Luckily the ones driving were Italian so they didn’t need one. I will make a note of that above – thank you for reminding me! 🙂
      When were you here? Did did you get to go west or south?

      1. We spent 2 weeks in Argentina in Nov-Dec 2010. We went to Buenos Aires, then the Salta region and then Iguazu Falls. We never made it to the South as we didn’t have time. We made a difficult choice to only visit a few regions and the North appealed to us because of the small villages and the beauty of the landscape. Though we hope to go back one day to visit the South.

      2. OOO, I haven’t been to Iguazu yet. Not, going to lie – it doesn’t really appeal to me, but everyone tells me that I am crazy and that I have to go while I am here! I have had people say that if they had to choose between Iguazu and the south they would choose Iguazu!

      3. I am not certain I would chose Iguazu over the South. We did because we had a few days left which meant we only had time for Iguazu. It is an amazing place and I am glad we went but we really want to see the South…

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