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San Francisco de Tilcara
San Francisco de Tilcara is located in Argentina
San Francisco de Tilcara
San Francisco de Tilcara
Location of San Francisco de Tilcara in Argentina
Coordinates: 23°34′S 65°22′W / 23.567°S 65.367°W / -23.567; -65.367Coordinates: 23°34′S 65°22′W / 23.567°S 65.367°W / -23.567; -65.367
Country  Argentina
Province Jujuy
Department Tilcara
Elevation 2,465 m (8,087 ft)
 • Total 5,640
Time zone ART (UTC-3)
CPA base Y4624
Dialing code +54 388

San Francisco de Tilcara (usually referred to as Tilcara) is a city in the province of Jujuy, Argentina, and the head town of the Tilcara Department. It had 5,640 inhabitants at the 2001 census [INDEC]. Traces of human habitation in the area date back more than 10,000 years, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements of Argentina.

Calle de Tilcara, Jujuy, Argentina

Tilcara is located 84 km from the provincial capital, San Salvador de Jujuy, beside National Route 9, at about 2,500 m above sea level, well within the first heights of the Andes.

The area features dramatic mountainous landscapes and rich aboriginal traditions, which make it a major tourist attraction in northwestern Argentina.

Possibly the biggest attraction in Tilcara is the nearby Pucará de Tilcara, the partially reconstructed ruins of a pre-Inca pukara, Quechua for "fortress",[1] located a few kilometers away from the city of Tilcara on a hill with an impressive view of the valley of the Río Grande.


  1. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  • Municipal information: Municipal Affairs Federal Institute (IFAM), Municipal Affairs Secretariat, Ministry of Interior, Argentina. (Spanish)
  • Civitas/PSI. Tilcara (portal).
  • WelcomeArgentina. Tilcara, Argentina (general and touristic information).