Hola from Humahuaca

Location location: Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina

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Hola from Humahuaca!

The final town that we visited on our road trip in Jujuy was Humahuaca – a little further up north than Purmamarca and Tilcara.

Some would argue that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.  But I beg to differ; there was a genuine local feel about Humahuaca that was lacking in the other two towns.  It was much less overcrowded with tourists – just the good old locals going about their daily business.

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humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

This was the real deal – grandmothers drinking coca tea at the markets.

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

In case you were wondering, cocaine can be extracted from coca leaves.  But here in the Andean region, chewing coca leaves and drinking coca tea is a regular part of daily life and is considered sacred within indigenous cultures.

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Just like shopping is a sacred ritual in my life …

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

I absolutely love the colourful arts and crafts at these markets.

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

The town itself is very quaint too.

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

After a stroll around town (which only took 10 minutes to see it all!), I joined the others for merienda.

Merienda is Spanish for afternoon tea – yet another sacred pastime of mine 😉

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humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

We recharged ourselves with apple cake, hot chocolate and orange juice.

By the way, how cute is this cafe?  Decked out with woven rugs, alpaca wool and cactus lamps.

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humahuaca, jujuy, road trip, blog

I could have gladly kept drinking hot chocolate and snuggled in for a nap all afternoon long.

But then again, there are more adventures to be had.  We jumped back in our (extremely dusty) rental cars and drove back to Salta in the evening.

3 thoughts on “Hola from Humahuaca

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  2. Hi Olivia!, hola from Argentina :)
    Do you remember by any chance that cafe where you were having the merienda?? I going to humahuaca next long weekend.
    Cheers and thank you!

  3. Hi Juan! I’m so sorry but I didn’t get the name of the place. It was in the heart of town, and Humahuaca is quite small so I am sure you will be able to stumble across it easily. Have a great trip there :)

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