Internet access in Argentina is very cheap and widespread. In Tucumán, there are many “cybers” (as cyber cafes are known here) scattered around the city. They provide broadband access at extremely cheap rates (between 0,75 and 1 peso = US$ 0,25-0,30 per hour). Some hotels and hostels also provide internet access to their guests. The only wi-fi spot is located at the Catalinas Park Hotel.
You can change your dollars or euros at the currency exchange offices or bureaus (Maguitur, Maxicambio, Noroeste Cambios) located along the 700 block of San Martin Street, although you’ll be charged a fee. Open Mon-Fri: 8:00am-1:00pm and 5:00pm-8:00pm, Sat 8:00am-1:00pm. You can also extract pesos or dollars from the several ATMs located in the same area.
The most traditional dishes in the region are: Locro (a kind of stew), humita (mashed corn wrapped or not in corn husks), tamales and, of course, grilled meat or “parrillada”.
Check the section about restaurant tips for more detailed information.
The area code for San Miguel de Tucuman and its surrounding area is 0381 if you make calls from Argentina. If you call from abroad, you’ll have to dial 54 381 + local number. If you’re calling a cell phone number, you’ll have to dial 54 381 9 + number from abroad and 0381 15 + number within Argentina.
Phone: 422-4856 – From Argentina: dial 0381 422 4856 – from abroad: 54 381 422 4856
Cell phones: 154-234505 – from other cities in Argentina: 0381 15 4234505 – from abroad: 54 381 9 4234505
When in Tucuman, you must try “empanadas”. Basically, it’s a half-moon of light pastry containing beef minced by hand, flavored with scallion, cumin and a bit of chili. Some of them also contain raisins but you can order without them. They’re really delicious (one of the Tucumanos' favorite meals) and quite cheap. Available in almost all restaurants.