N. Argentina: UNESCO Purmamarca Brilliant Hill of 7 Colors
Purmamarca is located in UNESCO Humahuaca Canyon at the foot of incredible Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors). This is one of those things that has to be seen to be believed. The entire 100 kilometer/62 mile canyon is a World Heritage Site. Not only for its scenery but culture. A map of Mirador Geologic marks the ideal viewing spot where everyone stops. And the map has a numbered description with each color and geologic description.
– Grey, dark green and violet colors belong to maritime sedimentary rocks. They are the oldest found in Jujuy Province, and from the Precambrian Eocambrian Period (Eocambrian is the youngest portion of time in the Precambrian Period), 600 million years ago.
– Purple, dark pink and white colors also come from maritime origin rocks. They are quartzite and sandstone from the Superior Cambrian Period, 540 million years ago;
– Colors ranging from light grey to yellow belong to outcroppings of clay, sandstone and shales from the Ordovician Period, 505 million years ago;
– Red colors belong to rocks from the Cretaceous Period, 144-65 million years ago, and have both gravel and sandstone; and
– Colors ranging from light pink to red belong to more recent clay and sandstone from the Tertiary Period, beginning 65 to 25 million years ago.
Die-hard photographers spend early morning and late day in front of this hill to capture ever-changing colors.
The vivid landscape created by strata eroded into spectacular formations and colors, continues north into Bolivia. But most tourists only travel as far as Purmamarca town and return to Salta.
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