Palca de Aparzo owes its name to being located at the confluence of the Aparzo and Varas rivers. The word comes from the Quechua palqa or pallqa and means “bifurcated”, “fork”. La Palca, as the locals call it, is the cradle of passionate and joyful copleros and copleras who shine at local festivities. It is also a bastion of numerous traditions linked to agricultural-livestock activity that fill its inhabitants with pride and want to share them with those who visit them.
The community of Palca de Aparzo is located 55 km to the E of the city of Humahuaca, at 3,475 m.a.s.l. It is the last town in 80 km that the provincial route No. 73 runs to Santa Ana and is the head of a region made up of the communities of Chorcán, Varas, Aparzo, Hornocal and Cianzo, known as “El Zenta”.
The climate of the region in general is pleasant, in winter the minimum temperatures usually reach -6 ° C, on very cold days, between 6:00 and 9:00 in the morning, but at noon, almost every days are around 15 ° C. In the summer, the minimums are around 12 ° C and the maximums are around 30 ° C. The rains occur only in summer, generally from December to March, and can be anticipated or extended by a few years.
It is possible to get to Palca de Aparzo all year round, taking extreme caution in the rainy season (from December to March), as it is a mountain road and numerous streams form along the way that crack the road.
The closest service station is located in the city of Humahuaca. Make sure that you are well supplied with fuel before starting the trip and that you have a spare wheel in optimal conditions of use, as there are no tires within 50 km. around.
The enterprises do not have a cell phone signal or internet, for this reason it is impossible to charge with a credit card, debit card or other electronic means of payment. The closest ATM is located in the city of Humahuaca. Take this situation into account before leaving Humahuaca.
During the journey you will ascend more than 4000 m.a.s.l. take the necessary health precautions, try to eat lightly and do not consume alcoholic beverages before or during the trip. Coca and pupusa in infusion, help to mitigate the effects of pointing.
Due to the height and the clearness of the atmosphere, the sun’s rays arrive with great force and are even harmful, always use sunscreen SPF 50+ and a hat or cap.
In the community there is a first aid room, however it only provides care from Monday to Friday. On weekends, the closest medical attention will be found at the Humahuaca Hospital.
It is not advisable to travel at night, especially when the rainy season begins, because along the road there are streams that grow and crack the road and in other areas it becomes slippery.
How to get?
From Humahuaca it is accessed through Provincial Route No. 73. The road is dirt all the way, with a very steep, winding and busy ascent, until the access to the Mirador de las Serranías de Hornocal. The maximum height of the entire journey is 4,350 meters above sea level. in the Abra de Cianzo.
Humahuaca – Palca de Aparzo 54 km
Humahuaca – Aparzo 46 km
Aparzo – Palca de Aparzo: 8 km.
Maximum height throughout the journey: 4,350 m.a.s.l.
Telephone Numbers of Interest:
- Municipal emergencies (Civil Defense) 103
- Humahuaca Hospital (03887) 421009
- SAME Operating Base Humahuaca (03887) 421159
- Medical emergencies (SAME) 107
- Humahuaca Police (3887) 421017
- Police Emergencies 911
- Fire and Rescue (Firefighters) 100
- Zenta Public Transport: Agrocianzo (0388) 4408532