Travel guide & tours in Tucumán

Information about the province of Tucumán in Northwest Argentina, by our local travel agency.

SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN

Founded in 1565, San Miguel de Tucuman has played a determining role in the Argentine history: it was there that the Congress which declared Argentine independence gathered on July 9th 1816, in a white house which we can visit, the Casa de la Independencia. In the evening a sound and light show display these historical days. Univesity city, San Miguel de Tucuman is the fifth Argentine city. Independence park is the heart of the city with its cypresses, its orance trees and its palm trees. In the center of the city there are many remarkable churches, like the basilica San Francisco, built at the end of the XIX century.

QUILMES RUINS

South of Cafayate, in Tucumán Province, lies the Indian citadel of Quilmes. Founded in the 11th century, it had at its height around 4000 inhabitants. In the face of the Calchaqui resistance, the Spaniards transferred them on foot in inhumane conditions from Tucumán to an area in Buenos Aires Province today known as Quilmes. The archeological site, one of the most important in the country, was restored and the result of the excavations is displayed in the museum. The Quilmes Indians left a lasting legacy in modern day Argentina: the most famous Argentine beer bears their name.

PACHAMAMA MUSEUM - AMAICHA DEL VALLE

Opened in 1998, this exceptional museum (also called “la Casa de Piedra”) is found in the city of Amaicha del Valle, in the department of Tafi del Valle. You will find there a collection with the characteristics of the Calchaquies culture. The patio of the museum offers amazing sculptures, representing the Pachamama (Mother Earth), Inti (the sun god) and Quilla (the goddess Moon) among others. The four rooms in the museum regroup the ethnological, geological, pictorical collections and traditional tapestry.

TAFÍ DEL VALLE

West of San Miguel de Tucumán, Tafí del Valle is a summer hotspot located on the shores of a lake, 2000 meters (6562 feet) above sea level. Guaranteed: unforgettable mountain trekking on peaks of 3800 to 4600 meters (12,467 – 15,092 feet). This is also a town well-know for its cheeses, which are celebrated in a festival in February.

EL MOLLAR MENHIRES

15 km from Tafi del Valle, the small village of El Mollar houses the Archeological Reserve Los Menhires. Many of these mysterious sculptures have been gathered there: among the 50 pieces exhibited in the park, some are over three meters high. These belong to the culture “Tafi 1”, of the name of the inhabitants which populated the region between 820 BC and VIII century. These sculpted menhirs have engravings representing geometric forms, human and animal faces.