Best Rides of Argentina – Salta to Quebrada de Humahuaca


This ride starts in Salta, in the northwest Argentina. Shortly after leaving the city, you’ll find yourself in a remarkable jungle which only last an hour before your transported into a landscape of red rocks similar to Utah in the USA.

The road is superb, as of 2017 is new and has very little traffic.

GPS Tracking Map

My tracking from Salta to Quebrada de Humahuaca. Tracking files can be downloaded here. (GPX/KML)

Elevation Profile


Stunning Landscapes

From lush rich green forests to landscapes stright out of the roadrunner cartoon, the landscapes here do not disappoint.


Iruya is a small mountain outside the Quebrada de Humahuaca, but is well worth the ride. You can check out this post on Iruya.

Time Lapse Video of the Road to Iruya

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.

The ride to serranis de hornocal is all dirt with some amazing dramatic scenery. When you finally reach the coloured mountains, the altitude will be 4761 meters above sea level. It is alos possible to park you motorcycle in front, ensuring you get a great shot with the mountains.

Time Lapse Video of Serranía de Hornocal

Why is it a ‘Best Ride’

This part of Argentina was easily my favorite. It full of earthy landscapes, rich culture, good roads and colorful little towns. The weather is mild, even though you are sometimes at 4000m and your option for onward rides is endless. From here you can head west towards Argentina’s own salt flats and then over the Andes into Chile.

Time Lapse Video of a section from Salta to Quebrada de Humahuaca

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