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The city of Tucuman, formerly known as San Miguel de Tucuman, is the capital city of the province of Tucuman, and is the centre point of Argentina’s independence as well as one of the country’s major economics spots. Similar to Buenos Aires, Tucuman is a big and busy city, featuring a major city centre, numerous restaurants and bars, theatres, art galleries, and plenty of activities to enjoy inside and outside of the city.
In the province of Tucuman, there are several types of landscapes, including mountains, flat plains, thick wooded areas, fertile plains, and even desert areas, bring 11 unique micro-climates around the city of Tucuman. Average temperatures during the year range from 24C in the summer months and 15C during the winter months; occasionally, the area can experience heat waves during the summer months, however short lived, and cold spells during the winter, again short lived. All in all, Tucuman and its province is a fantastic place to visit all year round.
The city of Tucuman, home to 1,000,000 residents, is often referred to as ‘El Jardin de la Republica’ (Garden of the Republic) featuring beautiful landscapes and thousands of flowers featured during the summer months, and is a lively city with a unique vibe. Tucuman has a long history, including declaring Argentina’s independence in 1896, making major economic and political changes over the last century, and becoming the leader in sugar production in Argentina, boosting the economies wealth.
The city, similar to a smaller version of Buenos Aires, features dozens of great restaurants, bars, theatres, art galleries, museums, and shopping centres. It is worth mentioning that for the youth of Tucuman, there is great and lively nightlife almost every night of the week. During the day, there are numerous parks and plazas to visit, each showing its most beautiful side during the summer months when the flowers are in blume and there are literally thousands of unique and colourful flowers throughout the entire city.
Because of Tucuman’s long and intricate history, there are plenty of historical sights that are worth seeing;
• Casa de la Independencia
• Casa Padilla
• Obispo Colombres
• Plaza Independencia
• Santo Domingo Church
Tucuman is also a popular destination due to its surrounding areas. Trekking and hiking in the area are popular recreational sports as the surrounding mountains make for great hiking spots, as well as for the popular 4 day hike to the famous Tafi del Valle. Not far from Tucuman is El Cadillal, featuring a dam and large artificial lake, great for fishing and water sports, as well as a restaurant and archaeological museum. Around Tucuman there are also numerous archaeological circuits and jesuitic tracks.
Tucuman is also known to feature the best Dia de la Independencia (Independence Day) in the country. On July 9, the entire city celebrates by hosting parades, plaza spectacles, speeches, concerts, and thousands of people head to the streets to celebrate this national holiday.
The lively and sophisticated city of Tucuman is a fantastic place to visit for those travelers looking to discover a city that has a long history in Argentina, plenty of city sites and activities, modern restaurants and bars, and a beautiful surrounding landscape just waiting to be discovered.
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