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San Miguel de Tucumán

San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina)

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2 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
4hrs by bus from Salta
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of San Miguel de Tucumán

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

Despite a glorious past, Tucumán has become a poor, dirty town that continues to go downhill.

My suggestion:
Tucumán is on an almost unavoidable crossroads. Apart from its practical location, there's nothing else of interest. Change bus and move on!
My review

It was a long time ago that Tucumán played a part in Argentina's fight for independence. It was here, on the 9th July 1816 that the Declaration of Independence was signed. A today? Tucumán is a town in decline and slowly falling into ruin. It's problems are due to agricultural and industrial crises.

During my trip to Argentina , I ended up here as I needed to change bus. I left the bus station to have a wander and didn't feel at all safe as I walked its streets. I did a quick tour of Independence Square and stopped by the cathedral and churches - all the while feeling increasingly paranoid. My fears were confirmed by one of the bus station's employees. Even before we got chatting, he jumped on me in the public toilets because he saw me washing an old, blunt penknife. My forceful reaction (I've never hit anyone else, apart from a friendly tap when playing with my nephew!) proved that I wasn't planning to do anyone harm. In short, give Tucumán a miss.

In Tucumán
Eva Martin Seasoned Traveller
181 written opinions

Argentina’s smallest province, located in the northern part of the country between Salta and Santiago del Estero.

My suggestion:
If you include this area in your itinerary, plan to spend at least 3 or 4 days there!
My review

Tucumán is best known for its capital, San Miguel de Tucuman, a city that holds historic significance for the country: this is where Argentina declared its independence at the beginning of the 19th century. The village is pretty. However, it's blistering hot in the summer. You may have also heard that this area is dangerous, but I didn't notice it to be unsafe. Instead, its people seem great.

But I was especially fascinated by Tafi del Valle and its surroundings. After travelling in a beautiful but desert landscape, arriving in the area is like a breath of fresh air: there are low green mountains where you'll want to go for a hike and rather nice weather. And just 9 miles away, you can also visit the Los Menhires archaeological reserve where there are around 50 mysterious and fascinating sculptures.

In summary, perhaps the province isn't the great "must see" of a trip to Argentina but if you're in the northern part of the country and you have a little time, go ahead and take a tour there!

San Miguel de Tucumán
Tafi del Valle
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