The community of Palca de Aparzo proposes a tour of the bed of the Aparzo river in which you will be able to get acquainted with popular coplitas, names and medicinal uses of local plants, and with stories of mills and mills in an old hydraulic mill in the community.

Palqa or pallqa comes from Quechua and means “bifurcated”, “fork”. This community owes its name to being located at the confluence of the Aparzo and Varas rivers and has chosen to highlight and share with visitors this link and the importance of the river in the daily life of the people of Palqueños.


This circuit is located within the community of Palca de Aparzo, 54 km from the city of Humahuaca, at almost 4,000 meters above sea level. It is an obligatory place of passage towards the legendary Laguna de Leandro.

Circuit description:

Starting from the community room, we will walk the entrance street to the town, to the beach of the Aparzo river, we will walk along its bed identifying plant species typical of the region until we reach Quebrada Seca, we will rest at the foot of an old quarry and continue the journey to a old hydraulic mill. We will familiarize ourselves with its technology and uses and social issues

Difficulty degree:

Medium-Low. Although it is not a long and intense route. Some people may find limitations in that the walk takes place at more than 3,500 meters above sea level.

Number of People Per Group: From 1 to 4 people.

It includes:

  • Tour described accompanied by host from the community
  • Trekking sticks

Recommendations for the tour:

  • Comfortable and suitable footwear for walking along the river bed.
  • Cap or hat.
  • Sunscreen.
  • A spare pair of chinstraps in case you need to replace the one you are using.
  • 1 liter of water per person (in individual non-transferable container).


4 hours / 8 km

Recommended schedule to tour the circuit:

The activity can take place all year round. The rains usually happen, from December to March and it is not frequent that it rains during the day, however during these months the activity will be subject to rain.

According to the climate of the region, the recommended time to tour this circuit is:

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from April to August.

From 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from September to March.


Reconfirm with provider


This service must be reserved in advance until 10:00 PM the day before the tour. They can do this by communicating by whatsapp with the hosts of the community.

+5493884218286 Marta Tourist Host Cup

Payment Methods:

In the community there is no good internet signal, nor ATMs. The only form of payment enabled for the moment will be in cash a few minutes before taking the service.


Our Address:

Palca de Aparzo, Humahuaca, Jujuy.