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  • well hello everyone in today's video we're  going to be taking you on a fun day trip  

  • around Tucumán Argentina and showing you some  of the highlights this province has to offer  

  • situated in northern argentina Tucumán may be  small but it is packed with unique attractions  

  • in this whirlwind tour we'll experience  a myriad of landscapes ranging from lush  

  • jungles to arid deserts we'll visit mysterious  monolithic stone carvings we'll sample some of  

  • the famous deli meats and cheeses this region is  known for will stand under the shade of an 800  

  • year old cactus will devour some delicious  empanadas and will also visit some of the  

  • largest pre-colombian ruins in all of south  america so let's go explore Tucumán shall we

  • good morning good morning  guys greetings from Tucumán  

  • argentina greetings from a random gas  station somewhere in the countryside  

  • today we're doing a bit of a day trip we're going  to be visiting daffy del valle right and the ruins  

  • of gilmes it's a full day tour we were picked up  at 8 a.m yeah apparently it's going to be 12 hours  

  • so 12 hours on the road and i'm really excited  because both of these destinations look so scenic  

  • we've seen some photos and uh yeah we're gonna  just be basically exploring the best that this uh  

  • smallest province in argentina has to offer  exactly so first fueling up we're here at  

  • the gas station as you can see behind us  and yeah we'll be on our way on our way  

  • we left the city behind and watched the landscape  transform from city to farmland to subtropical  

  • jungle this province is nicknamed the garden  of the republic because it's a very productive  

  • agricultural area well guys we have reached our  first stop of the day we've been driving about an  

  • hour and a half it's now 9 30 in the morning and  just here to the side we have el indio which is a  

  • statue that overlooks the valley the landscape has  really changed from this morning now we're like  

  • in the middle of the jungle and it's so green  and lush yeah and dense dense yeah impenetrable  

  • exactly that's the word yeah it's an enormous  difference we were driving through uh farmland  

  • yeah and uh um where basically we saw the sugar  cane production and lemon production and now we're  

  • out here yeah and right now we're at 850 meters  and we're going to keep climbing i think we're  

  • reaching almost 4 000 meters today 4000 meters  will be 12 000 feet roughly quite high up so  

  • it's gonna be high and uh let's hope we don't  get sick with altitude the sickness but uh yeah  

  • yeah it's just down in the seat where are we  so far has been a very nice uh trip it's been  

  • like an hour and a half and we have a driver that  actually is a tourist guide so he keeps feeding us  

  • information about everything that we go through  and a very nice guy he's very knowledgeable and

  • we did a little bit of shopping this is  a little souvenir for my mom who collects  

  • magnets we got the little llamas and two  people in traditional clothing cholitas  

  • very cute i think they told me it's made out  of copper so yeah i thought it was a nice  

  • little gift picked it up now we're getting  back in the car and continuing our excursion  

  • we then came driving towards the town of el  modade to visit a rather mysterious group  

  • of carved stones that were found scattered  across the valley and brought to this area  

  • okay another schedule stop we've now come toplace called los menides and menitas actually i  

  • believe it's the name of these tall monolithic  monolithic monuments sculptures yeah they're  

  • honestly a bit of a mystery because our guide was  explaining that the civilization responsible for  

  • carving these just disappeared without a trace  and they didn't have a written language so very  

  • little is known about them but we can see some  kind of like repeating elements in these stones  

  • so there's a lot to do with fertility some of  them have faces like human faces there's llamas  

  • and just like geometric patterns yeah this  is a civilization that was 3 000 years  

  • in the making and one day for some reason  that it is unknown it's just vanished and  

  • also i should mention like all the stones that  you see standing here they've been collected  

  • from around the valley and brought to this  place so they can be better taken care of  

  • so another thing i wanted to mention is that  this attraction is free of charge and as  

  • part of the entry to this place there is a local  guide who walks around with you for about five  

  • minutes and just shares a little bit of the  history of what they know about this place and  

  • the culture responsible for these carvings and  then you're free to wander around on your own  

  • snap some photos so it's been a really cool stop  oh and they have toilets here too so that's good  

  • then it was onward to the town of tafi del vade  which is a popular destination for anyone doing  

  • a road trip around Tucumán Argentina we were  starting to get a little peckish at this point  

  • so we stopped to buy some artisanal deli meats  and cheeses and we also made an unexpected friend

  • i'm buying some salami and cheese  the cheese has chimichurri in it  

  • oh amazing all right so we've arrived  in uh taffy del valle you got it yeah  

  • what we did first is we went into a store  that sold regional products we grabbed some  

  • regional wine you want to show that one off  this one is called seven cows it's from the  

  • calcium valley yep 2016 tanat grape so we're not  going to drink it now we're in the middle of a  

  • tour at high altitude this is coming home we made  a new best friend over here made a friend hi we're  

  • eating uh basically salami and cheese sandwiches  these look delicious i haven't had one yet but so  

  • this is a cow's cheese with chimichurri different  spices and we also bought a salami shall i make  

  • you a sandwich yes please very good yes please  very good we found a little bakery homemade stuff  

  • this guy likes it too and this guy  likes it a lot look at him the moss  

  • isn't it delicious i don't know how he was able  to smell the salami from half a block down because  

  • he is this is basically our uh our our our snack  we're gonna be having a lunch later yeah it's like  

  • what 11 11 30 right now maybe we can have a bit of  a later lunch this will tie this over until then  

  • what do you say buddy we got a new  best friend i got the retriever

  • at this point in the trip we reached mirador  del infirniro or the lookout to hell a bit of  

  • a dramatic name but we were at an altitude of  3042 meters above sea level so maybe whoever  

  • named this place wasn't feeling at their best this  is the highest traversable pass in the province so  

  • we stopped to take photos and my dad and samuel  also made friends with some alpacas and the pig

  • and then after a bit more driving we reached the  next attraction the grandfather cactus well guys  

  • next stop we are now standing underneath the  grandfather cactus over here this is called  

  • cardone in spanish and this one we've been told  is over 800 years old apparently this type of  

  • cactus only grows between one centimeter and  a centimeter and a half per year and this one  

  • is over eight meters tall so quite impressive  it's a giant it's a monster but it's a beauty of  

  • nature over here already the vegetation is very  very strange there is nothing uh other than this  

  • cactus and some uh very uh low uh brush yeah like  little shrubs it's very dry no more animals are  

  • seeing just a burro over there but no no cows or  not horses and and the area here reminds me a lot  

  • to the southern states and in the u.s  like new mexico arizona those places  

  • so yeah we continue because they're waiting  for us let's go let's go let's keep going

  • so we have just pulled into the town of maicha  del vade i believe that's how it's pronounced  

  • and we're gonna have some lunch here we stopped at  a restaurant where we've already placed our order  

  • we have some tamales umitas and three different  types of empanadas i ordered you some beef chicken  

  • and there's mozzarella with corn so that's what  we'll be eating here and yeah it looks like a  

  • nice quiet little town very colorful though  lots of flowers and yeah we're just gonna rest  

  • because we've been driving all morning long  need a little break gotta stretch your legs  

  • and fill the belly umitas tamales and  empanadas were always on the menu over  

  • the course of our travels in northern  argentina but we didn't tire of them  

  • after this quick but delicious lunch  it was onwards to the ruins of gilmes

  • the sacred city of gilmes is located in the  kalchaki valleys and was the site of the  

  • largest pre-hispanic settlements in the country  dating back to 850 a.d this site occupied over  

  • 30 hectares and at its height about 5 000 people  lived here well guys we have made it to our next  

  • destination we are currently visiting the ruins  of gilmes admission was 100 pesos per person  

  • and apparently this is the second largest  archaeological site in south america after  

  • machu picchu got to tell you we've just arrived  and it's pretty impressive you can see some of  

  • the construction here behind me all stone so we're  going to be exploring this place on foot also as  

  • you can see i've peeled off several layers it is  hot out here oh my we are in the desert quite the  

  • change from this morning and we were all bundled  up like it was winter or something so yeah let's  

  • go check this out now time for a quick history  lesson about the gilmes because everyone knows  

  • it's a beer it's the name of a popular argentine  beer but there's more to it yeah no that's  

  • that's the name of these originary peoples from  argentina here this the thing is like these these  

  • these people the kilmest they were escaping from  the uh inca domination the incas from peru were  

  • advancing uh and attacking and defeating  all other tribes and they were incorporating  

  • to their societies you know so the kilmers were  escaping finally they reached this destination  

  • and they settled here okay now what i see and  i analyzed it from a point of view of strategy  

  • is a perfect place because on the back you have  a huge mountain there so you cannot be attacked  

  • from the back on the side you have fortifications  to protect from both flanks right so the only way  

  • the enemy could advance was really from the front  and the enemy in those days were the spaniards  

  • because the kiln mess dominated all the  other groups that live in these areas  

  • and they assimilated them you know they they  became part of the fight against the spanish  

  • it took the spaniards 135 140 years to be able  to control this uh this this group of people  

  • and the only way they were able to do it is  because they they put a siege to this fortress  

  • and they cut the supply of water and food  for the wind is blowing oh it's picking up  

  • they cut them off from the supply of food and  water and that was the way that they could finally  

  • control them not by war because for 140 years  they couldn't do it but at the end by hunger and  

  • thirst and the spaniards what they did is they  took the remaining population of about 2 800  

  • and they marched them on foot all  the way to buenos aires only 840  

  • 150 arrived alive the rest perished along the  way and they settled them in the locality that  

  • today it is known around buenos aires as  kilmess where the famous beer is brew and  

  • the place is not called gilmes because of the  beer it's called killmens because of these native  

  • people that were brought all the way up to there  okay that's the story what happened to the uh  

  • the ones that survived or how did it story end  with the ones that uh were left in buenos aires  

  • i'm not 100 sure but uh we'll find out i always  like to know everything so i need to find this out

  • yeah and this is the story and  if you have a chance and you go  

  • you know this is a very very  very underrated place okay  

  • people go mostly to salta and jujuy but Tucumán  is very close and if you do the circuit come  

  • on hop over to the province of Tucumán and it's  just a short ride if you rent a car or whatever  

  • and you'll you'll really enjoy it you  know this place is really worth visiting

  • do

  • it's time for a little update from the sammy  boy hello hello i haven't been on the video  

  • much today no you've been droning and filming  oh man this is this was a droning delight out  

  • here this is drone country central i mean not  only did we have we basically had most of this  

  • attraction to ourselves for about the first half  an hour yeah now there's some school groups and  

  • some tour buses that have arrived so it's a little  busier still not packed but man it's been just an  

  • incredible day like i just can't get over how the  landscapes have changed we started off with fields  

  • yeah fields then we went through a very lush  part of the of the mountains it's like a jungle  

  • basically like a jungle yeah and then suddenly  we took a couple turns and it was completely dry  

  • arid landscapes changed it felt like we  were entering entering the salta hahui world  

  • i just have a question for you it's  like over 30 degrees out why are you  

  • still wearing flannel i don't know why i've been  i've been cold for so many days i'm reluctant to  

  • shed my layers i guess also i didn't i didn't put  on sunscreen so this is kind of my sun protection

  • that was the final stop of our whirlwind tour  of the province of Tucumán we then started  

  • the long drive back to the city of san miguel de  tucuman argentina which was three hours in total  

  • by the time we got back into the city it  was night time and we were pretty hungry  

  • we went to a local pizzeria called  leiskina for sam's favorite food of all  

  • looks like you guys are as hungry as  you are tired i think more tired than  

  • hungry to be honest but here we are at sam's  request who demanded pizza for dinner yeah  

  • i didn't see anyone uh scratching and clawing no  protesting yeah it was a long day yeah 12 hours  

  • on the dock we left at eight o'clock a.m and  we got here eight o'clock p.m yeah this place  

  • opens right at eight so we got here right when  it opened we had a nice trip today we saw a lot  

  • of beautiful things grasses right guys as we were  getting the wine the pizza game too cheers cheers

  • it's a blend of red grapes perfect perfect  for pizza and there's greasy pizza yeah oh  

  • look at all that cheese queso so we got two  kinds what do we have anchovies this one is  

  • called marinara with anchovies and the other one  is your classic uh neapolitan style dig on in guys  

  • let us know how it is a long day fresh out of the  oven just come out of there crust green crust lots  

  • of cheese and overall a great day really good tour  very reasonably priced we paid just over 30 us  

  • dollars each per person a fantastic day couldn't  recommend to command more highly this is a very  

  • underrated place in argentina very underrated  province so if you want to you know get off the  

  • off the gringo trail when you come and visit  come check out too come on see ya thanks again  

  • for joining us on this tour across dukkuman if you  enjoyed this video we invite you to like subscribe  

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