El Pichao

Pichao comes from a quechua word “pichana” which means “broom made of branches”. That is why this place would mean “swept, neat and tranquil place”. In aboriginal language, it means tranquil or small place.

There are very few inhabitants in this town and it was created with the Condor Huasi Culture Traces in the last decade during the 19th century. It is located at 202 km (126 miles) from San Miguel de Tucumán and at 8 km (5 miles) from Colalao del Valle to the west through a dirt road. It is 2200 m above sea level.

This town has the distinctive feature of being made up of self-supplying families. They take care of their own animals and do not only grow their plants, but also they prepare well-known traditional jams, for example, quince, black-seed squash, apple, fig (ficus carica) and pear jam together with nuts from their mature walnut trees.  That is why the Traditional Jams Provincial Fest was born here. It is held every February with a great local importance. There is a wide range of activities during the three days the fest is going on with traditional folk music and food.

El Pichao has different accommodations for rural and cultural tourism. It is possible to visit Condor Huasi Archaeological Site or go trekking nearby.