San Miguel de Tucuman
San Miguel de Tucumán is an important historic spot in the country since the Declaration of Independence from Spain took place here on July 9, 1816. The actual place where this important event occurred is a colonial-style house known as "Casa Historica" by tucumanos or "Casita de Tucuman" by Argentineans from other regions.
On average, 4 daily flights depart from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) in Buenos Aires to the Tucuman City Intl. Airport (TUC) located 12 kilometers west of Downtown Tucuman. From the airport, taxis cost approximately 10 pesos (roughly US$3.00. More information about flight times and rates at http://www.aerolineas.com.ar
There is a weekly train from Buenos Aires and back. The journey takes aproximately 25 hours as it stops in many towns and cities along the railroad. It costs 35/45 pesos in tourist class/primera.
It leaves Bs.As at /something like tuesday 10 am - please check/ and returns from Tucuman every wednesday at 6 pm. During vacations there might be a second service per week. Get your tickets early - they are sometimes sold out 10 days in advance.
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.
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.
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. Website: www.tucumanhostel.com
Hostel Argentina Norte. a nice place with friendly staff, (small) breakfast, internet (currently out of order), kitchen facilities, cable tv & dvd library, good mood. dorm 18 pesos. http://hostel.argentinanorte.com