Quebrada de Humahuaca (2003)

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Argentina 1954. Cliffs of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Quebrada de Humahuaca follows the line of a major cultural route, the Camino Inca, along the spectacular valley of the Rio Grande, from its source in the cold high desert plateau of the High Andean lands to its confluence with the Rio Leone some 150 km to the south. 

The valley shows substantial evidence of its use as a major trade route over the past 10,000 years. It features visible traces of prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities, of the Inca Empire (15th to 16th centuries) and of the fight for independence in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

  • Argentina 1954. Cliffs of Quebrada de Humahuaca. 
Quebrada de Humahuaca, is an Andean valley of 150 kilometers of extension, flanked by high mountainous chains and dug laboriously by the Grande river, located to more than 2,000 meters above sea level in the province of Jujuy.

The small towns of this city connect history and traditions by ancestral roots. One is a unique cultural landscape in the world, since the indigenous towns of the zone conserve religious beliefs, rites, celebrations, art, agricultural music and techniques that are a living patrimony. 
  • Argentina 2004. Set of two stamps in honour of Quebrada de Humahuaca. 
Argentina 2004. Quebrada de Humahuaca. Stamp #1. Argentina 2004. Quebrada de Humahuaca. Stamp #2.

Their present inhabitants are mainly of the ethnic group “coya” (indigenous group). Quebrada de Humahuaca was the scene of different ancestral cultures from 10,000 years of antiquity, among them the “omaguacas” (another indigenous group), that gave the name to the place. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Argentina (on this website). Eventually refer to the UNESCO-listing, Argentina-Section, for further information on the individual properties.

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