18 Nov

After crossing the Bolivian border into Argentina we took an afternoon bus from the terminal straight to Jujuy for 50 pesos each. We had forgotten that Argentina was an hour ahead and as such ended up on a 4pm local time bus instead of a 3pm one, this unfortunately meant that we arrived in Jujuy at around 9pm. There are buses that leave every 45 minutes towards Salta and a number of different companies, but be prepared to be hounded as soon as you arrive!

The journey to Jujuy takes you through previews of the spectacular landscape for which this region is so famous for. The constant changes of colours along the mountainous landscape are truly beautiful.

Colourful mountains on the way to San Salvador de Jujuy

The journey to Jujuy took 5 hours and was not helped by the heavy rain which flooded some of the roads. When we finally arrived we had no idea where to go, so we headed into the tourist information point at the bus terminal. They showed us a list of accommodations with the prices and phone numbers. Our original plan had been to stay the night by the terminal and then move in the morning, however after going to see the 2 nearby residencias we decided that the asking price versus the offering was not a good deal.

So we returned to the tourist information point and had another look. We jotted down a couple of numbers but couldn’t help but notice how steep the prices were, they all seemed to be in excess of £20 for just a room with shared bathroom! These were by far the highest prices we had encountered during our travels. Without much choice in the matter, we made a note and headed off to make a few calls. After trying a couple we found a place called Jujuy Hostel which had a room. As it was located on the other side of town and it was late, we jumped into a taxi and headed off.

When we arrived we were actually given a dorm room but assured that we would be the only ones in it. We were too tired to argue and took it for the night. The next day we were able to move to a private room and also discovered we would get a free breakfast in the price, an almost all you can eat one at that! The elderly guy who owns the hostel is really warm and welcoming and couldn’t do enough for us. He gave us map after map along with all the transport information one could ever need!

In the end we spend a few days in Jujuy as we were still recuperating from our stomach bugs in Bolivia. During that time we had a look around the town, which can easily be done in a day, and planned our trip to the Purmamarca quebrada, the colourful mountain range.

San Salvador de Jujuy - Federal Police building on plaza Belgrano

San Salvador de Jujuy - basilica San Francisco

Overall, Jujuy is an ok place to use as a stopover from the border crossing but there is not enough there to warrant staying a few days. It makes for a good base if you want to see the nearby attractions, but am not sure if it is any cheaper than staying in the quebrada area itself.

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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in Uncategorized



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