Top Places to visit in Northern Argentina

Argentina is known for its stunning and varied landscape. But in Northern Argentina, the landscape becomes more dramatic and also more colourful. Most of the landscape is composed by desert, valleys, hills and mountains. The colourful landscape is the product of a complex geological activity that started around 600 million years ago when the area was still under water. The different colours of sedimentary layers that compose the mountains and hills have been formed during different time periods. The rocks with shades of green are believed to be the oldest ones. Here we have listed four jaw-dropping places that are unmissable in Northern Argentina.

FOURTEEN COLOURED MOUNTAIN (SERRANIA DE HORNOCAL)

The Fourteen Coloured Mountain is a limestone formation called Yacoraite which is a largely Mesozoic geologic formation. The mountain is mainly composed of rock outcrops from different time periods and it was created between 130 and 65 million years ago. Dinosaur remains and other fossils have been recovered from this area.


HILL OF SEVEN COLOURS (CERRO DE LOS SIETE COLORES)

The colour range of the Hill of Seven Colours is the product of a complex geological activity including marine sediments, lake and river movements elevated with the movement of the tectonic plates. The hill is composed of seven different colours, all of which derive from different types of rocks. The rocks with shades of green have been formed around 600 million years ago and are the oldest section of the hill.


PAINTER'S PALETTE (LA PALETA DEL PINTOR)

The Painter's Palette is a geological formation similar to the Fourteen Coloured Mountain but not as big and colourful. It was probably formed at the same period of time.


PASEO DE LOS COLORADOS

This is a walking trail in between the colourful hills of the village of Purmamarca, which is also home to the Hill of Seven Colours. This stunning landscape is the result of millions of years of geological activity. Walking this prehistoric landscape is certainly a memorable experience.


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