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Departing on the RN 9 , and after traveling 50 kilometers north of the capital of Tucumana you will reach Choromoro , a town of 500 inhabitants. Unique landscapes emerge from there and along RP 312. The towns of Choromoro, Chuscha, La Hoguera, Gonzalo and Potrero, await visitors to enjoy their rivers and streams and their many activities, such as hiking, horseback riding and even photographic safaris. Crafts occupy a special place in this area. If you look at any stall with these products on the route, do not forget to go down, even if it is not more to contemplate those works in leather, such as pellones (the sheep's cuerito) and fabrics that have international recognition.
In Choromoro you will find the Phyto-Zoological Reserve Dr. Carlos Pellegrini which is only 5 km from its main square. Its 400 hectares invite you to a two-and-a-half hour tour where you can see more than 150 exotic species and also native species such as foxes, eagles, cougars and tapirs.
From that attraction, and returning to RN 9, following north at just 12 kilometers is the access, by RP 311, to San Pedro de Colalao, a tourist village extended along a narrow valley at 700 meters above sea level and bordered by two typical mountain rivers: Tipa and Tacanas. The climate there is moderate which makes it possible to enjoy summers in full sun, with cool nights.
The Leocadio Paz Central Square is framed by old mansions of the late nineteenth century, with sober lines of Italian classicism. Its old grove of tipes and flowers season next to the Church, the Juan Bautista Alberdi Library, among other buildings stand out in the surroundings. The Garcia Salemi Archaeological Museum , which operates in the former Indian Cabildo, is a historic building dating from 1850. An important collection of pieces from our native cultures are exhibited on site.
If you choose San Pedro de Colalao to visit in February it is important to book in advance. The reason is that tens of thousands of pilgrims arrive at that time to pray and thank the Virgin Mary in the Grotto of Lourdes. It is located at the very entrance of the villa. This religious site, replica of the Grotto de Lourdes in France, has a stone brought from the French Sanctuary.
Continuing along route 9, and 73 kilometers north of the capital, we reach Trancas, the scene of some of the most resonant events of our independence when in 1816, General Manuel Belgrano retook command of the army of the North.
With the arrival of the railway, around 1900, the town moved 2 km south-east of its current site. The Temple of the Sacred Heart , whose original building was built around 1760, was witnessed from the old town. Its walls witnessed the firing, in 1824, of Barnabé Araoz, first Governor of Tucumán and the baptism of the sculptor Lola Mora.
Painted Stone , a sacred historical and archaeological site. Not only does size capture the curiosity of those who know it, but this rock features 45 petroglyphs that show contours of birds and other animals carved on their side faces. Being in that space connects with an indescribable millennial energy. We have to be there to understand what we're saying. It is only an hour and a half walk from St. Peter's Square. It is recommended to be accompanied by a guide, as it is a medium difficulty crossing in which you have to cross several times the bed of the river Tipa.
The Puente del Indio, a splendid and ancient sculpture carved by our mother nature, where erosion formed a bridge of adventurous access. It is located in the mountain Red Dente 12 kilometers from the center of the village of San Pedro. You can reach a point with a 4x4 vehicle or on horseback and then climb the mountain on foot. It is suggested to take this excursion in the company of an authorized guide, the circuit is of medium difficulty.
Laguna Escondida: It is reached from the main square in a northwest direction, bordering the ascending margins of Arroyo Chulca. Along the way the views are amazing. The place is dense vegetation and rich in fauna. The scenic beauty that, due to its privileged location, will allow visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of San Pedro and its surroundings. This splendid mirror of water, a few meters deep, sprouts hidden among the mountains, one of which resembles a pyramid . It is only reached after several hours of walking or horseback riding tour, always accompanied by Vaquean guides in the area.
Tiu Cañada: mixed place name: “Cañada de Arena” or “Cañada Arenosa” which designates a place about 7 kilometers southwest of the main square of San Pedro de Colalao, on the left bank of the Tipas River. Here we find a solar calendar built with monoliths , with a large central stone, two peripheral, and a fourth stone indicating the azimuth of the summer solstice. Used by the native peoples to know the planting and harvesting times. With the excavations were found funerary urns with human bones and remains of incised ceramics and other painted ones. Also a semi-buried mortar in the vicinity of an ancient ditch. Following the course of the river Tipas, 3 km upstream, are the Petroglyphs of Ovejería, where perhaps the rites indicated by this stone calendar will be celebrated.
Hualinchay: Concluding this circuit, 18 km west of the Villa de San Pedro, is this picturesque farmhouse at 1700 meters above sea level. One of its main attractions is the campsite with pools with mountain water which is clearly a real relaxation for those who immerse themselves in them. From this town there is a new route that links this region with the town of Colalao del Valle. This road, called Cruce de Lara, offers a unique landscape that falls in love with everyone who travels it. The same should be done with caution, only in 4x4 vehicles and always consulting previously its condition, since the route is winding. This excursion can also be done on horseback.
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Publication Date: 16/05/2020
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