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Museo Samay Huasi, Chilecito

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Samay Huasi is a historic property in Argentina functioning as both a vacation retreat, as well as a museum.OverviewLocated in Chilecito, a town located high in the Pampas Sierras of La Rioja Province, the property originally belonged to William Treloar, a British mining engineer who purchased it as a retirement property in the late 19th century. His earlier profession had acquainted him with Dr. Joaquín V. González, who was one of the nation's most prominent Mining Law attorneys, and had been Governor of La Rioja from 1889 to 1891. Treloar bequeathed La Carrera, his scenic finca, to his friend, and González inherited the 17ha property in 1913.The new owner kept Treloar's vineyards and orchards, expanded the living quarters, converted the horse stables into ten bedrooms for each of his sons, and renamed the finca Samay Huasi. González, who served as President of the University of La Plata from 1905 to 1913, in turn willed Samay Huasi to the university, and died in 1923.The University of La Plata formally took possession of Samay Huasi in 1941, and originally maintained it as the Casa de Descanso para Artistas y Escritores, a vacation lodge for artists and writers; the lodge was later reserved of university staff. A portion was set aside in 1960 for the establishment of a museum displaying González's collections of anthropological and geological material, as well as his numerous manuscripts (he published over 50 books and 1,000 articles), and other belongings. The museum was named Mis Montañas in honor of González's 1903 book describing the nearby Talampaya area and other Andes landscapes.
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  • The House of Joaquin V Gonzalez, the founder of the UNLP: born in Nonogasta. An estate of several acres to explore and enjoy the peace of the place. In addition, the Museum of art my mountains. If you're a graduate of the UNLP do not miss it.
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  • It is a place of great calm and tranquility, this related to the writer Joaquin V Gonzalez, located at the foot of the mountain and surrounded by many vineyards.
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  • This resting place (Samay Huasi means rest house) there is still the possibility to be able to stay. It is a very quiet, at the foot of the mountain and surrounded by vineyards, also you can see different details added at its Joaquín V. Gonzalez after purchasing the property at the beginning of the 20th century. Excellent attention from the guide of the Museum.
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  • A tourist place elected Xr that the visit Chilecito😍
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  • A paradise. Comfortable, quiet and well equipped. If you're a UNLP you can not miss it
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  • I liked to visit the facilities recommend it
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  • A garden in the desert: a super walk among trees of different species. A beautiful and peaceful place to spend time with the family. In summer you have benches in the shade and in winter go tomorrow so take advantage of the Sun. They charge 5 pesos to adults only.
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  • Great place to relax surrounded by stories that has the Hill to tell
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