Serranía de Hornocal

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Serranía de Hornocal.

The Serranía de Hornocal are a range of mountains located 25 kilometers from the city of Humahuaca in the Argentine province of Jujuy. Exposed in the range is the limestone formation called Yacoraite that extends from Salta, Argentina, through the Argentine Quebrada de Humahuaca and then through the Bolivian Altiplano to Peru.[1]

The mountains reach an altitude of 4761 meters above sea level.

Jujuy, Argentina.


More than fourteen thousand feet up in the Argentinian highlands of Quebrada de Humahuaca march a range of mountains with a little something extra. Names translated to ‘Four Colored Hill’ and ‘Seven Colored Hill’ give you an idea of the spectacle. Centuries of erosion have uncovered contrasting colored limestone bands on these saw-tooth massifs. (Some claim as many as 33 colors can be discerned, but we’ll leave the counting up to the viewer.) UNESCO declared the entire mountain valley here a World Heritage Site in 1983, both for the Serrania de Hornocal’s wondrous peaks and the historic Inca caravan road running through the region.

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Geographic data related to Serranía de Hornocal at OpenStreetMap


Sabino Cabana: Tilcara-jujuy-Argentina.

Coordinates: 23°16′S 65°07′W / 23.267°S 65.117°W / -23.267; -65.117