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San Miguel de Tucumán is an important historic spot in the country since the Declaration of Independence from Spain took place here on July 9th, 1816. The actual place where this historical event occurred is a colonial-style house known as "Casa Historica".
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Summers in the city are hot, humid and rainy. Much of the rainfall occurs in summer. Temperatures average above 30°C (86°F) during the day while nights are muggy, staying close to 20°C (68°F). Heat waves can push temperatures above 40°C (104°F) although cold air masses from the south bring relief to the hot weather. Spring and fall are warm to hot with mild nights. Winters are dry with warm days and cool to cold nights. Frosts are uncommon and the weather is characterized by sunny weather.
At Teniente Benjamín Matienzo International Airport, at 9 km east from San Miguel de Tucuman, there are daily flights from Buenos Aires with Aerolíneas Argentinas and LATAM. There are also regular flights from Córdoba on Austeal, and from San Carlos de Bariloche, and Lima (Peru) on LATAM (as of Sep 2019).
Trenes Argentinos runs two weekly trains from Buenos Aires and back. The journey takes approximately 25 hours as it stops in many towns and cities along the railway. It costs AR$87 in tourist class, AR$132 in Primera class, AR$236 in Pullman class, and AR$740 in Camarote class (private two-bed compartment and two breakfasts), all round trip prices. There are discounts for students, children and seniors. See the excellent (but only in Spanish) web site. The train includes a dining and snack car. Get your tickets early - they are sometimes sold out 10 days in advance.
- 1 Tucumán Mitre railway station (Estación Tucumán Mitre), Corrientes 1045.
- Coming from North: Ruta 9 from Salta and Jujuy
- Coming from West: Ruta 38 from Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan, Mendoza
- Coming from North West: Ruta 40 from Andes, then take Ruta 307 (between Amaicha del Valle and Acheral), and then Ruta 38.
- Coming from South: Ruta 157 from Córdoba
- Coming from South East: Ruta 9 from Santiago del Estero, Córdoba, Rosario, Buenos Aires
- Coming from East: Ruta 34 from Santiago del Estero, Rosario, Buenos Aires
- Coming from North East: Ruta 34 (12 --> 16 --> 34) from Posadas, Corrientes, Resistencia
There are two tolls of AR$1.80 on Ruta 9: one in Leocadio Paz (15 km from the Border to Salta Province) and one in the Border to Santiago del Estero Province. Emergency phone number is *767 (*SOS) from any mobile telephone. Just on Ruta 9 (a tolled Route).
Several bus companies provide services from Tucuman City to almost all major and mid-size cities in Argentina. The city boasts one the largest bus stations in the country and it is located at walking distance from downtown and the main hotels. Bus routes Nr. 4, 8, 10, 102, 103, 110, 118 runs from around the bus station into downtown; Nrs 4, 8, 10, 102, 106, 110 does it in the opposite direction.
The best way to visit the historic area and downtown is on foot. Most attractions are located at walking distance from each other. Besides, the traffic is quite heavy and disorganized so renting a car or taking a taxi would be a waste of time and money. Taxis are all white, with yellow and black stripes. Don't take any other taxi, because they are illegal.
Public Transport (bus) is always a good choice. There are around 40 bus lines, which drives to downtown. A one way ticket cost ARP 2 (about 0,50 U$S) and must be paid to the bus driver on coins. Bus lines 102 and 118 goes to Yerba Buena, an beautiful touristic destination in Tucuman Metropolitan Área. Bus 118 can be reached in Santiago del Estero street (north of the center) while bus 102 on San Lorenzo street (south of the center). A ticket from Center to Yerba Buena costs AR$1.80. Bus line 121 to the Airport can be reached on Av. Avellaneda and Av. Gobernador del Campo. A one way ticket costs AR$1.60. Just one every hour.
- 1 Independence House (Museo Casa Histórica de la Independencia), Congreso 141. The most important tourist and historic spot in the city. The Independence of the country was declared here on July 9, 1816, by representatives from the different provinces. The only part of the house that remains of the original building is the room where the congressmen gathered and the declaration took place. The facade was rebuilt after the original one based on photographs of the 19th century. Every day at 08:15 pm. there is a theater play in the Historical House with actors who represent the historical time and events. It is a light and sound show too. Sometimes there is another brief play early in the afternoon.
- 2 Government House, 25 de Mayo 90. Located across from the main square "Plaza Independencia". This magnificent building was built where the old Cabildo was formerly situated.
- Plaza Independencia, the city's main square. One of the best places to see local people and a start point to tour the downtown area. There is a beautiful "Statue of Liberty" in its center made by the famous local artist Lola Mora.
- 3 San Franciso Church (Parroquia San Francisco), 25 de Mayo 110 (At Plaza Independencia). The interior is beautifully decorated.
- 9 de Julio Park, 5 blocks east of downtown, across from the bus station. One of the largest public parks in the country (100 hectares) designed by French architect Charles Thays (who also designed the public parks in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario and Mendoza. Among its many attractions are the San Miguel Lake, Bishop Colombres's House (a colonial style house which includes a museum of the sugarcane industry), the Flower Clock and several sculptures scattered around the park. There are some good bars and restaurants as well.
- Unilanguage School. Spanish courses.
Find where the locals eat! This includes an indoor market somewhere on the corner of Muñeca & Mendoza -empanadas, tamales, pizza, fresh fruit & vegetables -all very cheap.
- Tucuman Hostel. Was the first hostel to open in the city and is a great place to meet other backpackers, Argentine travellers and the friendly 'Tucos' who work there.
- La Posta de Viajero, Chacabuco 362, ☏ . A fun, hostel run by young people with lots of travel and tourism experience. They always have something going on, from live music to an Argentine asado, and love meeting new people and sharing their culture. A great place to meet young people and have a good time. Minihostels members receive a 10% discount.
- Hotel Sol San Javier, +54 3814929004, Ruta 340 KM 23. On top of San Javier Hill, surrounded by the imposing “yunga” (forest) and with an exceptional view of the city of San Miguel de Tucuman it’s located the Hotel Sol San Javier. Very good alternative to stay in Tucuman, overlooking the city but without the hassle of the city
If you want to visit the surrounding areas, there is a route that ascends slowly in the nearest hills and you’ll get into the Yungas Cloudy Forest. That is an exciting experience because of the exuberant vegetation, the calm, peace, and wonderful amazing landscapes, especially from San Javier Hill.