Humahuaca Sights and Market on The Inca Route
The colonial town of Humahuaca (2,940 meters/9,000 feet) on the Inca Route has been occupied for over 10,000 years. It is also part of the popular Salta-Tilcara-Humahuaca-Purmamarca tourist route as well as for those continuing to Bolivia. Humahuaca is picturesque with narrow, cobblestone streets, a few important sights, and active markets.
Known for its location in the brilliantly colored Humahuaca Valley, the Town Hall has a church tower with a clock that chimes at 12p. The bells toll, a small door opens and a figure of San Francisco Solano comes out to bless the people. The statue raises one hand and turns a bit so it appears he is making the sign of the cross. (We visited too early for San Francisco’s blessing.) Francisco Solano was a friar (1549-1610) who came in 1589, evangelizing what is now Tucuman Province, Argentina. He was sainted in 1726.
An important Monument of Independence is located on top of Santa Barbara Hill across the main square. It shows a native chief with reliefs of battles fought in this region. This strategic Spanish location is on the road to Bolivia. Silver was carried from Potosi to Buenos Aires along this important route. There is a disagreement who the statues honor, particularly by the indigenous people, but the reliefs are gorgeous.
Guide Maru took us to the indoor food market first and cautioned not to take close-up photographs of people. The little market sells many varieties of potatoes, unusually colored flour made from purple corn, vegetables, and fruits. Llama meat is butchered on farms and brought here to sell.
Another handicraft market takes place daily around the square. This small but enjoyable town is frequented by tourists on their way to Purmamarca and Humahuaca Canyon, the same as us.
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