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Introducing Tucumán

Baking hot, energetic and brash, (San Miguel de) Tucumán, the cradle of Argentine independence, is the nation’s sixth-largest city and feels like it, with a metropolitan bustle that can come as quite a shock after the other more genteel northwestern provincial capitals. You may prefer it at night, when the fumes and heat of the day have lulled, and cafes and bars come to life.

Tucumán’s blue-collar feel and down-to-earthness is complemented by a lively cultural scene, steps ahead of its serene neighbors. There's world-class paragliding and hang-gliding in the hills west of town.