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Argentina has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Everyone knows about Buenos Aires and Patagonia, but I didn’t talk much about Northern Argentina. Jujuy has a different vibe than the rest of the country and shouldn’t be missed! From cacti to waterfalls like La Garganta del Diablo and the food. You have to visit this region of Argentina.

La Garganta del Diablo translates to “The Devil’s Throat” in English. Once you arrive here, you’ll soon realize why it’s called this!

In this guide, I will go over how to visit La Garganta del Diablo as well as other things you should know.

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Where is La Garganta del Diablo Waterfall Located?

If you want to visit this waterfall, you’ll have to make your way to the town of Tilcara. This is one of the beautiful towns that are off Route 9 in the Jujuy region of Northern Argentina.

This route is famously paired with Route 40, which takes you all the way down to Patagonia. Tilcara, Humahuaca, and Purmamarca are three of the most popular destinations here.

Near the town of Prumamarca is also the famous Salinas Grandes, Argentina’s own salt flats!

The area of Northern Argentina reminds me a lot of Arizona. If you love desert vibes, then you’ll love this spot!

There are plenty of amazing things to do in Jujuy, Argentina, and this is one of them!

How to Get to Tilcara, Argentina

We first arrived in Argentina by crossing the border from Bolivia. We had just finished visiting the Uyuni Salt Flats and decided it was time to go to a new country!

Humahuaca is the town where we made our home base to explore this region. If you don’t have a car rental, you’ll need to take the bus. It’s easy!

Simply go to the bus terminal in Humahuaca and ask for Tilcara at one of the windows. People will point you in the right direction.

It will take around 40 minutes to an hour, depending on stops. The cost of the bus ticket was around 700 pesos when we went, but prices change daily due to inflation.

How to Get to La Garganta del Diablo Waterfall

Once you get to Tilcara, making your way to La Garganta del Diablo waterfall is simple. First, you need to decide if you want to hike the whole thing or take a taxi.

We decided to take a taxi up and hike back down because we were short on time after already visiting El Cerro de los Siete Colores (or Hill of Seven Colors).

  • Hiking: I’d suggest downloading maps.me or the Alltrails map. If you’re starting from the city center, just follow the roads south. Once you see a red bridge, don’t cross it but start to head left. There will be signs to follow.
  • Taxi: I’ll be the first to admit we got scammed. There is a taxi station in the city center. I thought he said 800 pesos to the top, but he actually said 8000. This is the most for any ride of that distance that we took in our time in Argentina. At the time, it was around $10 USD. Maybe we didn’t get scammed, but if you don’t mind paying that, you can find a taxi downtown!

    The taxi ride up was extremely bumpy and can be sketchy to some as the roads get narrow. We felt perfectly fine but the conditions could have changed since we’ve been.

Things to Know Before Hiking to La Garganta del Diablo Waterfall

There are a few things you might want to know before venturing out to this waterfall. Overall, the town is small, and you’ll find your way eventually.

Things to Bring

This is a desert, and if you come here during the summer, it’ll be hot on most days. There aren’t many shady spots along the trek, so you’ll want to come prepared.

Entrance Fee

There’s an entrance fee, but I totally think it’s worth it. We paid around 500 pesos when we went but the most recent reporting has said it costs 1000 pesos as of 10/01/2024.

This may change, but if you made the hike or drove all the way up, you might as well pay to go in now, right?

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Hiking Details for La Garganta del Diablo Waterfall

  • Distance: This hike is a 5.4-mile out-and-back hike.
  • Duration: On average, it will take people 3 hours to go up and back down. This depends on your fitness level and which route you take.
  • Difficulty: I’d rank this hike as easy to moderate because of the low elevation gain throughout.
  • Incline: The elevation for this hike is around 1,433 feet or 436 meters.
  • Hiking Guide: A guide is not needed for this hike and is easily accessible by the public

The Hiking Route

If you want to hike it, then follow these simple steps.

  1. From the city center, head south on Rivadavia Street. Once it ends, hook a right and follow the street around the corner to the south.
  2. You’ll then see a big bridge; don’t cross it. Take a left and follow this path for a few minutes.
  3. You’ll start to see signs where cars hook a left, but hikers will keep walking straight.
  4. This path is pretty obvious and will keep you staying more to the right where the valley is.

The Altitude

It might not seem like it because it’s a desert but this area of Northern Argentina is a high elevation. Tilcara sits at around 2,500 meters.

You probably won’t have altitude sickness but if you’re not used to it, you’ll be out of breath. Take your time and enjoy the views!

Things to do in Tilcara

Tilcara is a wonderful town to visit while adventuring through Northern Argentina. There are many things to do here and you can also visit other towns nearby.

  • Hike to La Garganta del Diablo Waterfall
  • Visit the Tilcara Ruins
  • Eat Street Food
  • Have a Beer at one of the many bars
  • Visit the shops near the city center
  • Travel to the Hill of Seven Colors
  • Road trip along Route 9

Is Hiking to La Garganta del Diablo Waterfall Worth It?

I think hiking up to La Garganta is worth it for those who enjoy the scenery. When compared to other hikes in Argentina, this isn’t that difficult.

It will be hot, and sunburn is possible, so come prepared! You can easily fit this in with other activities along Route 9, just like we did.

la garganta del diablo tilcara
la garganta del diablo tilcara

Final Thoughts About La Garganta del Diablo Waterfall

Even though I’d consider this hike easy, I still thoroughly enjoyed it! I love Arizona in the United States and this part of Argentina reminds me of it a lot. There are cacti everywhere and the vibe is amazing. If you’re staying in Tilcara or a nearby town, then I’d highly suggest visiting this waterfall!