Destination guide: Jujuy, Argentina
The town of Jujuy is in north-eastern Argentina, near the border with Bolivia and Chile and is next to the province of Salta. This city offers fascinating tourist circuits that include visits to the Hill of Seven Colors, the Purmamarca Salt Lake, the Pucara de Tilcara, the Altura Botanic Gardens, ancient archaeological sites, the Reyes hot springs, the Yala lagoon, the Quebrada de Humahuaca and the Calilegua National Park, as well as a wide variety of museums that keep the spirit of Jujuy alive.
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Jujuy - Things to do
Museo Arqueologico Provincial
The Museo Arqueológico Provincial is definitely worth a visit. The standout exhibit is a vivid 3000-year-old fertility goddess figure, depicted with snakes for hair and in the act of giving birth. She’s a product of the advanced San Francisco culture, which existed in Las Yungas from about 1400 BC to 800 BC. There’s also a selection of skulls with cranial deformities (practiced for cosmetic reasons) and mummified bodies displayed with what might have been their typical possessions. Staff hand out a booklet that has information in English.
Latitud: -24.1834200000000 Longitude: -65.3031387329102
Telephone number: +54 388 422 1315
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm & 3-7pm Sat & Sun
Pricing: Admission AR$2
Address: Lavalle 434
Museo Historico Provincial
During Argentina’s civil wars, a bullet pierced the imposing wooden door of this colonial house, killing General Juan Lavalle, a hero of the wars of independence. The story of Lavalle unfolds in Museo Histórico Provincial. There is also religious and colonial art, as well as exhibits on the independence era, the evacuation of Jujuy and 19th-century fashion. There are some English labels, and guides on hand to answer questions.
Latitud: -24.1861400000000 Longitude: -65.3029632568359
Telephone number: +54 388 422 1355
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm & 4-8pm Sat & Sun
Pricing: Admission AR$2
Address: Lavalle 256
Museo Policial Alternative
On Plaza Belgrano, the attractively colonnaded cabildo (colonial town hall) houses the Museo Policial. Police museums in Argentina are funny things, with grisly crime photos, indiscriminate homage to authority and the odd quirky gem, in this case the discovery that in 1876 you could expect a five peso fine if you wanted carnal knowledge of a llama.
Latitude: -41.1334200000000 /Longitude: -71.3104100000000
Opening Hours: 8am-1pm & 4-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-noon & 6-8pm Sat & Sun
Pricing: Admission free
Address: Plaza Belgrano, Old City