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Tucumán Yungas


In Tucumán, the yungas (or mountain jungles) create some of the most beautiful landscapes in northwestern Argentina due to their exuberant vegetation and great biodiversity. Its natural areas invite you to go hiking and live adventure tourism experiences.

The ideal time to visit is from April to November to avoid the rainy season.

What to see
San Javier

This is a good starting point to get to know the Yungas of Tucumán. 25 km from San Miguel de Tucumán, and ascending through Provincial Route 340, a landscape of pronounced curves and ferns, lapachos and walnut trees surprises the San Javier hill. From the top you can have a panoramic view of the entire city. You can also reach the Bendicente Christ, which, at 28 meters high, is the fourth tallest sculpture of Christ in the world.

At the foot of the hill, the summer town of San Javier is ideal for resting. You can also go horseback riding, paragliding and cycling.

Sierras de San Javier Park

In the surroundings of the town, the Sierra San Javier Park has short, low-difficulty trails that run through the jungle, and a more demanding and longer route that allows you to reach the top of Cerro Taficillo and from where you have incredible views of the saws. The park extends to the base of the hill, where you can enjoy the Botanical Garden and the Horco Molle Experimental Reserve.


The Sierra San Javier Park and the Yungas can be explored using the provincial routes 338, 340 and 341, forming a great scenic circuit.


El Cadillal

Some of the best sunsets in the province are lived in this dam just 20 minutes from the city of San Miguel de Tucumán. It is also known for being one of the most popular places for boat trips, kayaking, rappelling, mountain biking, hiking and canyoning. The Puerto Argentino tourist promenade offers panoramic views and gastronomic proposals.

Aguas Chiquitas Nature Reserve

Very close to the El Cadillal dam, this nature reserve is in the eastern region of the province, on the Medina mountains. A journey on foot allows you to reach a 55-meter-high waterfall (it is recommended to go in the company of a guide).

Aconquija National Park

The Aconquija National Park protects the highest and southern yungas of Argentina, located on the eastern slope of the Sierras del Aconquija and with more than 900 species of native animals and plants.

It has three access portals: "Campo de Los Alisos" (the only one with basic services), "Sección Piedra Labrada" (which has a highly sought after path in October, when the lilies bloom) and "Cochuna" (with two paths for walk).

From the portal "Campo de Los Alisos" you can reach the archaeological site "La Ciudacita"—one of the most important Inca sites in Argentina—, and a section that is part of the Qhapaq Ñan, a pre-Hispanic network of roads consolidated by the Incas in the fifteenth century, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Admission is free. More information in the unmissable Aconquija National Park.

How to get there and move around

The ideal is to move around in a private vehicle. There are public transports that leave from San Miguel de Tucumán.

San Javier is 25 km west of the city of San Miguel de Tucumán, along Provincial Route 340.

To access the Cadillal and the Aguas Chiquitas Natural Reserve, you must take National Route 9 about 22 km from San Miguel de Tucumán.

Consult the unmissable Aconquija National Park to find out how to get to its different access portals.

Where to stay

San Miguel de Tucumán and the towns in the area have a wide variety of lodgings and gastronomic proposals.

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