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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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  • Undoubtedly, it has the meaning of being the home of an important Argentine writer, but I think that it lacks thematic value, compared with other monuments or illustrious houses...
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  • The Samay Huasi to know is to admit us to the figure of Joaquín V González, one of the most important personalities that gave La Rioja and son beloved of Chilecito (despite the fact that he was born in Nonogasta). It is a ride that bring us to appreciate the work of Joaquín V González since the creation of the Universidad de La Plata, and their contribution in all the positions he held as Governor of La Rioja, Minister and legislator.
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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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  • 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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