San Miguel of Tucumán, capital of the
province with the same name, is located in the northwestern region
and is one of the major producers of sugar cane in the world. It
was established in 1565 by Diego de Villarroel, moved and founded
again in 1685.
The city still conserves much of its colonial roots and was the
cradle of the independent movements in 1816, when it declared its
independence from Spain. This is an excellent destination for
Tucumán offers the visitor a diverse geography. The peaks
of Calchaquíes and the Snow-capped peaks of Aconquija are
located to the west. A series of flatlands that follow the Sali
river are located to the east.
Tucumán's cliimate is subtropical, with a maximum annual
temperature of 25ºC (77ºF) and a minimum of 13ºC
In Tucumán one can tour historical sites such as the
Carreras Campus, the House of Bishop Colombres, the colonial house
where the Museum of the Sugar mill Industry is located, the
Historical House of the Independence of Argentina, Santo Domingo
church and its magnificent choir organ, the Temple of San
Francisco National Monument, constructed in 1767, and Independence
Plaza. Visitors can enjoy a stroll through 9 de Julio Park.
In the surrounding areas, one can visit cities such as Yerba Buena
(Good Herb) and wander through Cerro(Hill) San Javier, or go
horseback riding through Nougués Villa. Fish for trout in the
Raco stream or the Siambón river, site of the Monasterio de los
Padres Benedictinos (Monastery of the
Benedictine Fathers), where one can purchase delicious sweets and
jelly manufactured by its religious dwellers. A little further
away is El Mollar, ideal for horseback riding and bicycle rides,
La Angostura Reservoir and Escaba Dam, where water sports are
practiced, and the Menhires Park, mysterious archaeological site
of monoliths from the pre-Colombian period. Other tourist
destinations include the Amaicha Valley, home of one of
Argentina's few surviving indigenous communities, the ruins of the
prehispanic indigenous city of Quilmes, and the Feria Simoca, where
every Saturday hundreds of people gather to sell or trade all
kinds of products.
Trek or climb the peaks of the Aconquija. Mountain biking through
the woods and paragliding off the Loma Bola (Bola Hill) are also
When to go
Archaeological, cultural, historical, environmental.
How to get there
By bus, train or domestic flights to Lt. Benjamín
Hiking, sports, fishing, excursions, horseback riding.
Accommodations, restaurants, transportation, entertainment.