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6 historic places to visit in Tucumán, Argentina

Juan José Domínguez

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Tradition and flavors are combined in this province with great mountains and green landscapes in northwestern Argentina

 

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The birthplace of Argentina

With 800,000 inhabitants, San Miguel de Tucumán is the city where Argentina declared its independence 201 years ago. Casa Histórica, also known as Casita de Tucumán, is an interesting museum, located in the city center, where there’s plenty of green areas and restaurants.

 

Being a bird

The most stunning natural attraction in Tucumán is its set of mountains. Cerro San Javier, some 15.5 miles [25 km] from the city, is home to Loma Bola, a hill in the shape of a tongue where visitors can go paragliding, with the silence of the mountain and lovely views.

 

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Valles Calchaquíes

Tafí del Valle is the main touristic city in the province. At an altitude of 6,560 feet [2,000 m], it’s the gateway to the Valles Calchaquíes. Here, it’s possible to cross a vast field on horseback to reach Cerro El Pelao and visit artisans that make looms, delicious sweets and ceramic pots.

 

Beautiful views and tasty treats

The summer destination of Raco is located 31 miles [50 km] from San Miguel de Tucumán. It’s home to golf courses, pato fields (a national sport similar to polo) and many trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. In El Siambón, close to Raco, you’ll find the Benedictine monastery Cristo Rey: here, monks make tasty treats, as well as religious handicrafts and cosmetics.

 

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History and the cosmos

In the Valles Calchaquíes in Tucumán, make sure to visit the ruins of Quilmes. With an area of 30 hectares, this archaeological site was the largest pre-Columbian settlement in Argentina. Some 13.5 miles [22 km] away stands the ancestral village Amaicha del Valle. Another attraction in the region, 5 miles [8 km] away, Observatorio Astronómico Ampimpa is located at an altitude of over 6,650 feet [2,000 m], allowing you to see the stars up close.

 

English carriage

Also located 31 miles [50 km] from San Miguel, but to the south, Simoca is known for its main means of transportation, the sulky, a horse-drawn carriage that originated in England, standing out for its simplicity and lightness. In addition to riding a sulky, make sure to check out the outdoor market, the ideal place to try all kinds of regional food.