San Miguel de Tucuman



San Miguel de Tucuman is surrounded by beautiful scenery and best known simply as Tucuman. Founded by the Spanish in 1565, Tucuman is a nice place to take a vacation from your vacation in Argentina—it's 660 mi/1,065 km northwest of Buenos Aires, the pace is slow, the year-round climate is mild (60s-70s F/15-27 C), and accommodations are more than adequate.

Many Spanish colonial buildings remain, including the Casa de la Independencia, where Argentine independence was declared in 1816. For fine views of the city, excursions can be made to Villa Nougues or San Javier, the paragliding capital of Argentina thanks to its air currents and hilly location. North of Tucuman, near the town of Tafi, is Parque de los Menhires, where there are a number of dolmens (ancient monuments).

Tafi, with its lovely microclimate, lush gorges and green hills, is worth a visit in itself; it lies on the road connecting Tucuman to Quilmes and Cafayate. There are also many sacred stone circles in the area from ancient inhabitants.

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