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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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  • We went with the school and stayed there 3 days, many plants and a great place to have fun with friends. The Museum, a relic.
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  • The finca Samay = Huasi, House resting in quechua language, was owned by Dr.joaquin Victor Gonzalez, the venue for his readings and meditations. Was a prominent politician, historian, philosopher and man of letters, a 26-year-old Governor of La Rioja, several times Minister national. Founder of the University of La Plata. It is located 2 km approx. East of Chilecito was his rest house acquired a busy American engineer in the mines of Famatina now converted into a museum administered and maintained by the National University of La Plata, you can visit your bedroom with original furniture and belongings from J.v.gonzalez, an iconographic room with photos and newspaper clippings of the time. In a great venue that was the cellar is an art gallery and the Museum of natural sciences. The colonial-style house that retains its original structure and the stables were upgraded as rooms to House mainly students in the University. Through gardens and floral avenues with an avenue with monuments in stone and a statue of the thinker.
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  • Despite the weather arido and lack of water, for much of the year, this place is characterized by the abundance of vegetation, cared for and protected... it is a pleasure to walk among the vines and the lemon trees, listening to the flight of birds and during the night you can see an enviable starry sky. Very friendly staff from the estate, and one is re is with food who made grandmothers, homemade and made to simmer... The Museum complete a stay allowing you to recover from the stress city
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  • Ultra quiet and very good service
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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. Charged 5 pesos to major only.
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  • Incredible and quiet
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  • Excellent Museum, excellent place, excellent accommodation and excellent service
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  • Great place to meet and learn.
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