10 Things to Do in Tilcara That You Shouldn't Miss

September 14, 2017 Tynisha Seiler

Pre-Inca ruins and lively festivals are just some of the highlights that Tilcara has to offer. On the outskirts of the small Argentinian town, the Pucará de Tilcara draws archaeology buffs and tourists who are intrigued by ancient civilizations. The stone ruins of a warrior tribe, the Pucará de Tilcara offers insight into the daily triumphs and struggles of the people who flourished here over 10,000 years ago.
Restaurants in Tilcara

1. Waira Caves

Tilcara, Tilcara, Argentina +54 388 433-5847
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 180 reviews

Waira Caves

Reviewed By Celia M - Portland, Oregon

This is probably one of the most gorgeous hikes I've ever been on. A friend and I went on a tour of the caves with Cachamay (would definitely recommend following all of his advice– he knows the region well and can give you great food tips also!) and it was a good half day adventure.
We didn't bring enough water or put on enough sunscreen, so learn from our mistakes! Bring a backpack and more water than you think you'll need– there's a good portion at the end when you return to town where you'll be in direct sun without shade, so both of the aforementioned liquids will be much appreciated by your body.
The view is also stunning on the hike up, in the caves, exiting the caves, and walking back to town, so bring a camera if you like taking pictures!!
Also, don't do what we did and drink a lot the night before and return to your hostel at 6am for a 9am taking off to go hiking. Rest the night before. Every part of your body will thank you.

2. Las Paletas del Pintor

Maimara, Tilcara, Argentina
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
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6%
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4.5 based on 151 reviews

Las Paletas del Pintor

Reviewed By Say_Hueque_Argentina - Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Paleta del Pintor, or Painter's Palette in English, is a beautiful natural landscape located along the route to the other main attractions in Jujuy. If you're on a guided tour, you can assume that a stop at this spot will be included in the route, but if you're exploring the area on your own, you will want to make sure to pay attention so as not to miss it. Even a quick stop here will be worth it, as you will immediately recognize the meaning behind its name. A truly incredible sight to see!

3. Capilla de la Inmaculada Concepcion

Ruta Nac. N 9, Huacalera, Tilcara 4626, Argentina
Excellent
32%
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4 based on 56 reviews

Capilla de la Inmaculada Concepcion

Reviewed By Stevetarn2014 - London, United Kingdom

This is another beautiful church of the region, all of which have their own charms and distinctions.

4. Quebrada de Humahuaca

Rio Grande | Purmamarca Village, Humahuaca, Argentina +54 387 422-9530
Excellent
77%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Quebrada de Humahuaca

The valley contains numerous archaeological remains of pre-Columbian settlements.

Reviewed By Michael N - Newcastle, Australia

Amazing scenery formed by the thrusting up of the Andes Mountains with spectacular folding and many different coloured strata. A must for any Geology fan.

5. Pucara de Tilcara

Tilcara, Argentina +54 388 495-5073
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Pucara de Tilcara

Amazing pre-Inca fortification ruins close to the city of Tilcara.

Reviewed By Stevetarn2014 - London, United Kingdom

For a small fee you can wander around the old ruins, town square and ancient dwellings. There is a gradual climb to the top, where you will find a rather strange modern building. The view here is superb. There are some huge old Cacti interspersed between the dwellings, a Llama farm and a cactus garden.

6. Purmamarca Trekking

Belgrano s/n, Maimara, Tilcara, Argentina
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Purmamarca Trekking

7. Tropico de Capricornio

Ruta 9, Huacalera, Tilcara, Argentina
Excellent
14%
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33%
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49%
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3.5 based on 69 reviews

Tropico de Capricornio

Reviewed By Michael N - Newcastle, Australia

We only noticed this sign travelling south to Tilcara from Humahuaca and that was all just a sign. If there was some other construction then we missed it. We saw no evidence of a sign on the way north along ruta 9 to Humahuaca.

8. The Devil's Throat

Tilcara, Jujuy | Jujuy, Tilcara, Argentina
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Devil's Throat

Un sitio en el medio de una montaña, en el cual se forma un cañon por el que pasa un rio. ademas de tener una vista panoramica de la quebrada de Humahuaca, tiene 2 cascadas. una para ser vista de arriba y la otra para apreciar su caida desde abajo, e incluso mojarse con ella

Reviewed By Stevetarn2014 - London, United Kingdom

We set off on this walk early morning, although the initial trek is up hill and challenging it soon levels out before you reach the entrance. It's then steeply down and following the steam to reach the impressive waterfall. It's well worth the extra effort walking from Tilcara rather than taking the car.

9. Cementerio Nuestra Senora del Carmen

RN9 at the entrance of Maimara, Maimara, Tilcara, Argentina
Excellent
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4 based on 80 reviews

Cementerio Nuestra Senora del Carmen

Reviewed By WilloWanderers - Granville, Ohio

This open-air hillside cemetery was ablaze with flowers on the day we saw it, Argentine Mother's Day. Many people were visiting and decorating graves. It was a beautiful sight in the setting sun.

10. Reloj Solar

Ruta Nacional 9, Km 100, Huacalera, Tilcara Y4624, Argentina
Excellent
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3.5 based on 159 reviews

Reloj Solar

Reviewed By Alex W - London, United Kingdom

Interesting aside on the road to/from Tilcara. It's a giant sundial by the side of the road. You can;t actually go right up to it, and it's easy to drive past - poorly sign posted, but keep your eyes open, it's worth a 5 min stop to stretch your legs

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