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5 Reasons to Visit Tucuman

The Gate to the North


The government of Tucumàn has rolled out a massive advertising campaign and helpful website for its growing tourism industry. Its quaint city charm, important historic signifigance, surrounding natural beauty and the adventures to be had in its mountains are enticing more visitors every year. Hailed as the ‘gate to Northern Argentina and Inca Land’ Tucumàn is situated south of places like Salta and Jujuy, and is well worth a stop for one, two, or several days.

1. History

The Casa Histórica de la Independencia, or Independence House.
Photo courtesy of Tucuman Tourismo.

Tucumàn's history can be called anything but boring. The province deserves credit as the birthplace of Argentina as we know it today. On July 9th, 1816, at the Congress of Tucumàn, the "United Provinces of the Río de la Plata" declared their independence from Spain. Now, the city offers a Historic Tour Circuit to visitors. The circuit includes landmarks such as Historic House of Independence, Nicolás Avellaneda Museum, Rougés Cultural Center, the Sacred Art Museum, and more.

2. Food

A selection of snacks and sweets sold at a Tucuman market.
Photo © Jorge Gobbi

The empanadas found in Tucumàn are known to be some of the best in all of Argentina and for good reason. Foodies can take the "Ruta de la empanada Tucumana" by following a map of empanada tasting spots around the city. Aside from its empanadas Tucumàn offers other traditional treats such as a thick pumpkin and corn stew called locro, humitas, and tamales. Sugarcane has been a major industry in Tucuman. So, of course, the region offers many sweets as well.

3. Art & Culture

Tucuman has many artisans that produce pottery, handicrafts, paintings, and more.
Photo courtesy of Tucuman Tourismo.

Tucumàn has several museums, theaters, and cultural centers around the city. A notable spot is the Museo Folclorico, which is housed in a beautiful neo-colonial house. The folklore museum exhibits textiles, mate, pottery, artwork, and traditional musical instruments. The many cultural centers around Tucumàn change their exhibits regularly and feature a mix of paintings, handcrafts, sculptures, monuments, and pictures. The collections are a mix of local and international artists, both modern and traditional.

4. Archeology

Quilmes ruins
Photo courtesy of Tucuman Tourismo.

Tours are available for the Choromoros and Calchaquies valleys. These circuits offer breathtaking views of the landscape around Tucumàn as well as archeological points of interest that revolve around pre-Columbian cultures. One point of interest is the Quilms ruins, a settlement dating from 1000AD that covered 30 hectares and housed as many as 5,000 people. You can also get a fill of archeological information at the Museo de Ciencias Antropologicas y Naturales, which houses an array of indigenous ceramics, funerary urns, jewelry, fossils, and more.

5. Adventure

There are many options for adventure in Tucuman!
Photo courtesy of Tucuman Tourismo.

There are options to trek, climb, rappel, canyon, and para-glide around the mountains that surround Tucumàn. Many companies offer these services, including Montanas Tucumànas, a very friendly and professional outfit. Some popular hiking options go to Tafi de Valle, Quilmes, and a circuit in Las Yungas.


More Information

For more information on Tucuman travel you can contact Josefina Argiro,a travel agent for Tucuman Tourismo and Duport Turismo Legajo: 9260, by email josefinaargiro@yahoo.com.ar.

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