This busy, bustling town in the northwest of Argentina is where the declaration of Argentina’s independence from Spain was signed back on July 9th, 1816. Naturally the “Casa de la independencia”, a beautifully restored colonial building, is the must see in town. Portraits of the signatories line the wall of the very room where the document was signed.
We walked a lot around town without finding anything really interesting to see or do. Exhausted, we dropped in a small restaurant, El Portal, to sample some regional food, Empanadas, Locro and Tamales. Suddenly we heard some familiar tune on the radio, Falco’s “Vienna calling”! Probably only Austrians may appreciate this musical encounter.
In Tucuman, we rented a car to explore the northwest of Argentina, actually the only sensible way to see this region, because what you want to discover is the amazing scenery: our little car allowed us to stop wherever we wanted to take photos.
The day we left Tucuman for Tafi del Valle, our first destination further north, it had started to rain, something we had not seen for a long time. Right outside of Tucuman the road passes by endless fields of sugar cane and orchids of lemon trees. We were very determined to take only back roads to be close to “nature and life”, but soon we were too close.
After driving a little while through rural, rural Argentina, we were stopped by the police. The road was closed because the heavy rain had washed away part of a bridge. The officer apologized to us for the inconvenience of having to go all the way back and allowed us to go close and take photos. Once at the bridge, we learned that some people cannot be stopped easily: locals used the mound of soil that also went down into river to get across. Some people who hung out there asked us if we were press, we had to disillusion them.