'El centro' is literally the center, a 10 by 10 block area of San Miguel that is where the majority of stores and businesses are located. To the west (towards the mountain) you will pass Yerba Buena, which is a more residential area, with high class establishments. The top of the mountain is called San Javier, which features many look out spots, scenic tours, and elegant hotels. Prepare to be cold, as the temperature may drop a lot.
Dique el Cadillal is just north of San Miguel de Tucuman, and is a beautiful lake with many shops and restaurants
- Tucumán Tourism Office : 54-381-4226052 / 54-381-6093336.
In Tucuman people speak Spanish with an accent similar to that of other Argentinean provinces (a mix of Italian, Spanish, and Creoles "Gaucho" accents, among others), but with some unique local words.
As in most of Argentina, travel to and from Tucumán can be done by bus from almost every city, and even from some cities in Bolivia or Peru. Another choice is travelling by train (twice per week to Buenos Aires stopping in Santiago del Estero and Rosario), or by plane. At Teniente Benjamín Matienzo International Airport, at 9km east from San Miguel de Tucumán, There are 5 daily flights from Buenos Aires with Aerolíneas Argentinas and LAN, one daily flight from Mendoza, one from Rosario and two from Córdoba all of them with Sol Líneas Aéreas. International flights are now suspended, but Aerosur had until 2010 four flights a week to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in Bolivia, with immediate connections to Madrid and Miami.
Taxi's are fairly cheap and a good bet for foreigners who don't know the public transportation's routes or schedules. That said, the city busses are fairly simple (some 40 routes)and as there are not very many of them, fairly easy to use. City flat fare (routes 1-19) is ARP 2 by Nov 2010, it is higher in the metropolitan area (routes 100-141).
The main tourist section is right around the central plaza. Government buildings, old houses and churches abound. Two blocks south on Congreso Street lies the Casa Historica (historic house) where the Argentine independence act was signed. Inside, a small museum has artifacts from the colonial and revolutionary periods. Besides night action, the town itself has roughly speaking no outstanding features worthy a visit. What it is really valuable of Tucumán province is nature. Nicknamed "The Garden of the Republic", it is the ideal spot for those liking hiking, horse riding or mountain climbing. If one has the guts for getting out of the hitted path, coming into the rain forest or the highest peaks it is a must. Regrettably the very locals are quite unconscious about this treasure, so they are not likely to recommend it. If you have a five days available, try "La Ciudacita" the southernmost ruins of the Inca empire; you will never forget it. Guides available.
Tucumán town night life is one of the hottest around the country. As an important university center, the community of young people is huge; from Thursday to sunday´s night, streets are vibrating with action.
- Plaza de Almas, on the corner of Maipu and Santa Fe is a must see. Located in a trendy cultural center, they serve up great tradional dishes with an experimental flair. Its colonial style architecture strongly reflects old argentinien spanish ancestry. Tilting a jar a beer at a summer night in one of his cool terraces is a must do.
"Managua" is also a venue to take into account by foreign travelers; very hip,picturesque and bohemian like, the inner spirit, magic and flavor of Latin America floats in its atmosphere. Regional spicy or veggie food, young friendly goers and staff. Live music from thursdays on: salsa, bossa nova, tango. San Juan Street 1015
Tucuman has no shortage whatsoever of places to drink. Most of the cafes are open until 1 or 2AM and serve beer, wine and spirits. The same goes for the restaurants. As for nightclubs, there are quite a few but most open only on the weekends and only after 12PM.
- El Reino, 115 Catamarca Street. They play mostly dance hall music.
- Teatro de la Paz, 150 9 de Julio. A cultural center with various workshops by day, it turns into a bar with live music at night.
- Pollock: a selected urban tribe meets on Thursday´s night to plunge into the rhythmic pulses of techno, acid house and the like. Undoubtedly a very special venue for those not attracted by the looming anonymity of crowded megastructures. Exclusive. small and cozy as the '70´s night clubs, but absolutely contemporary and avant-garde in its atmosphere. An outdoor garden also combines nice beats, fancy drinking bars and the hottest gals around at spring and summer.The real action starts about 1:30AM San Martin street 2366.