"Purmamarca : the village of the 7 colors mountain" Purmamarca by ptitetoile

Purmamarca Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 88 photos

In Quechua language Purmamarca means "town of the lion" and in Aimara language means "town of virginal earth".
Pumamarca (2275 metres) is a very small village whose buildings were built in the XVII century; its urban layout was designed to surround the church, built in 1648. All the houses of the town have walls made of adobe and roofs are made of straw. Pre-Hispanic traditions prevailed, especially in celebrations.

The rainbow mountains

But Purmamarca is most of all famous for its mountains which are one of the most wonderful marvels of the area : El Cerro de los Siete Colores ("Hill of the Seven Colours") that has sedimentary rocks of different colours : red, green, pink, yellow, white, grey and violet corresponding to iron, copper, dolomite, sulfur, lime, lead and haematite respectively. This hill/mountain is placed behind the village in the Canyon of Purmamarca, a canyon that meets the Canyon of Humahuaca (Quebrada de Humahuaca)

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It is a magic place...The nature makes wonders...the colors are so strong...even my best photo cannot make you fell the beauty and the intensity of the different colors!!!!

  • Last visit to Purmamarca: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • DPando's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2006 at 1:59 PM

    wonderful personal pics!! worth 100 times to go there

  • Maillekeul's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2005 at 3:42 AM

    Ah, les Salinas, on y avait songe aussi, mais comme le salar d'uyuni nous attendait, on a prefere rester sur du sucre !!

  • Muya's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2005 at 7:58 AM

    Must be great to walk on a rainbow :-) Magnifiques paysages et superbes photos !!

  • Bigjones's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2005 at 1:55 AM

    Et voilà not' Sarah qui s'prend pour le Corcovado maintenant !! Superbe page. Qu'ajouter au joli commentaire de Charles? ;-)

  • BeChar's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2005 at 9:48 AM

    Ah, les montagnes aux 7 couleurs! Comment ne pas voir la vie en rose et le chemin vers le 7e ciel...


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