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The Hill of Seven Colors
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We arrived in Purmamarca in the evening and set out to see Los Colorados as the sun was setting. It was incredibly beautiful with so many colors and different rock formations side by side. The walk was easy and lasted about an hour although we spent a lot of time taking photos and sitting, just taking it all in.

Visited June 2012
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London, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

A must see for anyone who is in the area. Unlike anything we have ever seen. There really are 7 colours!

Visited July 2012
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Lugano, Switzerland
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“Much More Than Seven Colors...”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

Famous for its colors and sounds, this prehispanic district located in the Humahuaca Ravine is one of the classical postcards from Northern Argentina.
Purmamarca is one of the most picturesque villages in the Humahuaca Ravine. Its name means “the lion's village” in the Quechua tongue and little is known about the exact dates on which the first settlements occurred.

It happened thousands of years ago. This obvious remark is ratified by the countless amount of objects still being discovered in the outskirts of the village, as well as in the surrounding hills.

The most outstanding, which has made the city that lodges it so popular, is the hill of the seven colors (Cerro de los 7 colores). It bears such a name due to the various pigments aquired by the minerals that make up its walls. This hill is part of the eastern mountain range and is located right West of the population nucleus of Purmamarca. It is best seen from the main road we took after having left Route 9 in our way to the surroundings of the hill.

Resulting from a complex geological history, the layers of various colors have been formed by the accumulation of sea, lake and river sediments which have been deposited on the region for over 600 million years and which have later influenced the apparition of these mountains in the location they have today as a result of tectonic movements.

Its beauty has turned it into the representative postcard of Northern Argentina in almost all the corners of the world where tourism in our country is promoted. The best moment of the day to watch it is from dawn until noon, when the sun reflects the appropriate light on the mountain so that none of the pigments goes unnoticed by the human eye.

Visited August 2011
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Morristown, New Jersey
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“The View is Spectacular”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Take an easy 1 hour hike along the path near the village & hotel. Enjoy the early morning sun as it bathes the rugged hills. Attempt a climb to the top of the "mountain" for the best view around.
Not to be missed... it's gorgeous!

Visited July 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“If you're already in the area, worth a side-trip”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

The hill was cool, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend a special trip to Purmamarca for it. Since it's on the way to the Salinas Grandes salt flats, and near the highway to other north Argentine destinations, its nice for a 30-min peek.

Downtown Purmamarca could be charming, but instead it's full of tourist kitsch.

Don't recommend the restaurant name where we ate, but I highly recommend trying north-Argentine cuisine.

Visited October 2011
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