16 ºC MIN / 23 ºC MAX
Sábado 21 de Octubre
13 ºC MIN / 24 ºC MAX
Domingo 22 de Octubre
13 ºC MIN / 28 ºC MAX
Lunes 23 de Octubre
Calchaquí Valleys Circuit
La Banda Chapel (Tafí del Valle):
This chapel was built by the Jesuits between the years 1718 and 1720, and it marked the start of Tafí del Valle’s population. Considered a National Historic Monument, in 1972, the chapel started to be administered by the State and was turned into a museum, which was declared a National Historic Monument. The Chapel of La Banda, a colonial-style building of the XVIII century, is a museum that showcases historical, cultural, archaeological, and religious pieces.
Chapel of the Virgin of Covadonga (El Mollar):
El Mollar houses a small chapel built with local stones. According to history, the chapel was built after the request of a man of Asturian (Spain) precedence, who after saving his life -by miracle- in an accident, showing his appreciation and devotion, promised the Virgin that he would build a place of worship to her honor, under the condition that he would carry out the task in a place similar to that of Asturias. The construction of the chapel was carried out between the years 1940 and 1950. Since then, the Asturian Patron gives her blessing to the Tafí valley.
San Ramón Nonato Church (Amaicha del Valle):
This church was built by the presbyter Estratón Colombres by the end of 1800 with local materials. The colonial styled church has been restored twice. Its cardón (type of cactus) ceilings with carob struts house its unique nave. The wooden made choir is located in front of a simple altarpiece formed by a Christ of the Cross, on top of a red cloth. The tiny building is filled at every mass, but even more during the Patron Festival of Amaicha del Valle, San Ramón Nonato, on August 31.
Festival of the Pachamama (Amaicha del Valle):
History. Tradition. Habits. Color. Dances; all of this and more can be seen during the Pachamama festival, one of the most important celebrations for the tucumanos and a real attraction for the tourist, who will closely feel the traditions and habits of Amaicha del Valle villagers.
Every year, during 3 days, thousands of worshippers of Mother Earth gather to honor the fertile nature that makes seeds and fruits grow. The atmosphere of the festival is as rustic as is the village and its people.
Around the square, wooden frames ornamented with dried leafs are placed. These structures are called pascanas, a type of typical quiosc in which the visitor will be able to taste and buy regional foods.
In this festival, the Pachamama is chosen (a privilege only for older women). Once chosen, she seats either on a stone-made throne covered with ponchos or on an ornamented carriage, and she is accompanied by the Yastay (protective deity of the animals), the Pujillay (devil), and the Ñusta (young lady that represents the land’s fruits.)
The atmosphere is filled with color with the carriage parade ornamented with garlands, which reveal the naive and fertile imagination of the hurdlers.
La Pasión de Cristo (Tafí del Valle):
For catholic devotees, the representation of the Passion of the Christ is a touching performance carried out on a stage of Valleys and Hills. And for those nonbelievers, this is a worth seeing performance.
The Passion goes through the last hours of Christ and is performed outdoors, in the middle of a natural environment that adds some sort of reality to the performance, which is carried out by 30 actors of the Fundación Teatro Universitario (University Theater Foundation), and more than 100 locals.
The show is recreated during the Holy Week, based on the medieval technique of medieval stages, where biblical passages are narrated to the audience, which walks along the natural stages.