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Iruya, a small town lost in time and mountains

Iruya is a village in the province of Salta, Argentina. It is located 2,780 meters above sea level. Once in Iruya, the first impression is that of a village “clinging to the mountain”, or rather, of an island, as it is surrounded by rivers Milmahuasi and Colanzulí.

Here, the people and their clothing, customs and homes have maintained their tradition over 250 years. The town’s narrow cobblestone streets and its houses made of brick, stone and straw are well preserved. The streets of this little village officially founded in 1753 can be transited only on donkey back or on foot.

Even today, its inhabitants continue to live on barter or agriculture, breeding geese and growing corn, potatoes and other agricultural products

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