La Cocha

This district in the south region of Tucumán offers thousands of opportunities to discover its hidden wonders. It is consider the entrance or exit of the province. Due to its southern end position, it owns a unique beauty together with local fauna and flora and remarkable culture. The namesake city allows to access to the rest of the district. In order to get there, tourist should take the National Route Nº 38 and travel 130 km (80 ½ miles) approximately. 

Some cultural activities include “La Cocha sings to its lands” and “The Passion of Christ”. The former is a folk music festival held every September. The latter is held during the holy week. It is also performed in other parts of the province. There is also a traditional parade to honor May 25th, an important historic date for Argentinians.

Geographical features and biodiversity vary throughout this district. Some areas are covered with green yungas meadows. Other areas almost reach 2000 m with its pertinent flora and fauna. Tourists are able to come here during the whole year and enjoy a temperate and warm climate.

For sport and outdoor activities lovers, La Cocha offers a wide variety of places where they can practice them. For instance, go trekking along the ancient tunnels of Rumi Punco, which had been abandoned for more than one century, in the south region.  They were part of a railway project which would link the region with other provinces, such as, Catamarca, Salta and Jujuy, and later, Chile. This would bring economic progress as well as constant changes and growth to the area. The huge structures were abandoned and nowadays they are a tourist attraction in which nature and history mix. If tourists want to go there, they should go to Rumi Punco town, which is the last one before arriving at Catamarca. The first tunnel is at 5 km (3 ½ miles) far. After crossing two tunnels, tourists will arrive at Huacra River Dams number one and two where there is a particular water stream fall.

The biggest cascade from the north of Argentina is in La Cocha. It is called “the first cascade of San Ignacio” - Los Pizarros has around 80 m high. It is a natural wonder for those who visit it. There are three cascades altogether. It is possible to reach them from La Cocha’s main square through Provincial Route Nº 334 towards west. They will get to Los Pizarros Dam, located at 7 km. Once here, they have to walk around one hour in order to get to these natural wonders. All the cascades together with the crystal clear water lagoon are a hidden treasure in the south of Tucumán.

It is highly recommendable to go with a local tourist guide. For more information call La Cocha Hall Town 03865 – 496506, cultural and tourist section nº314).

The Castle remains are other important tourist attraction in La Cocha town. They are located at 200 m of the National Road Nº 38 towards west. This abandoned construction invites tourists to get in contact with the local history. In its early stages, it was thought as a huge castle, but finally the construction was abandoned. Nowadays, this is a traditional venue for folk fests.

We should not forget the public library called May 25th, San José Obrero Church and the new bus station ready to welcome tourists.

Built in the XVII century, the Jesuits San Ignacio Church was declared National Historical Monument and holds the most part of the history of this community in the south of the province.   It is well-preserved and San Ignacio del Loyola Fest is held every July 31st.

Local friendly dwellers, agricultural town workers and the hidden traditions are other reasons to visit the south of Tucumán.