Placed in the south of the province of Jujuy, in the region of the Templates Valleys, is the capital of the province and one of the basic circuits to start touring it. San Salvador de Jujuy owns an international airport a few kilometers away from the center of the city and has many accesses from the route.
Thank to a modern expansion process, San Salvador de Jujuy grew beyond the mountain slope, which caused the unification of the recent and old colonial buildings. Everywhere in the “Silver Little Cup” as it is usually known, one can find Hispanic reminiscences, like the ones in the Cathedral Basilica, in the middle of the city center.
This area of the country has scrublands, green plains, rivers, fantastic lagoons, eye-catching landscapes and a comfortable weather mean the perfect combination for the visitor to perform activities like trekking, contemplative tourism, photographic safaris, and cultural tourism. Among the most interesting places to visit from San Salvador de Jujuy we find the Termas de Reyes (Thermal springs of the Kings), Yala Lagoon and the population of Río Blanco, only 7 km from the Sanctuary to the Virgen del Rosario de Río Blanco and Paypaya, patron virgin of the province and venerated since the 17th Century.
The province is divided in tour regions: the Puna (high Andean Plateau), the Quebrada (ravine), the Valleys and the Yungas (Aymaran for “Warm Lands”). The Puna landscape is desolated and spectacular, recalls the lunar surface, and it includes vast salt pans; knowing it, enjoying it and soaking up its fantastic harmony are a-once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Quebrada is a land rich in history and traditions, many of which go back to pre-Columbian times. The visitor may enjoy the colorful festivals, the exquisite wines and food, and may buy woven clothes made of the finest llama wool. In the Valleys, the loveliest roadside bars and hotels are a permanent attraction for both visitors and locals; the exuberant vegetation and the crystal-clear river with countless pools, lure hundreds of people who come to camp and enjoy lagoons and dikes. Finally, the Yungas, high rainforest, are covered by clouds in summer and early autumn. They have a network of trails and temporary streams courses that provide access to those who want to penetrate and, from the dark paths, feel the jungle.