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The province of Catamarca is located in the Northwest Region of the Argentine Republic, and its limits are: to the North, the Province of Salta; to the East the provinces of TucumĆ "n and Santiago del Estero; to the South Córdoba and La Rioja; and to the West the Republic of Chile through the Cordillera de los Andes.
Of the 102,602 square kilometers that the Province of Catamarca has, approximately 70 percent of its surface is covered by mountain relief.

This type of relief is composed of representatives of four systems:

a) The Pampean Sierras, in the Central and Eastern Regions of the Province.
b) The Narvà "ez System, Cerro Negro-Famatina, also of the Pampean Sierras, in the Western Region.
c) The Cordillerana-Catamarca transition zone, at the western end of the Western Region to the limit with the Republic of Chile.
d) The Puna catamarca, a portion of the large elevated block that constitutes the Puna Region according to our regional division, located geographically in the Northwest of the Province.

Important places of tourist interest of Catamarca

San Francisco Pass

Border corridor that with its splendid extension unites the Argentine province of Catamarca and the Chilean III Região de Atacama in the high zone guarded by the Seismiles, the San Francisco Pass is established as a symbol of integration and tourist, economic and cultural exchange .

An attractive road precedes the San Francisco Pass, seducing its route. A landscape of penetrating beauty dazzles the senses. And, further afield, many shelters exalt the tradition of leaving behind provisions and firewood for the next traveler to go to the neighboring country.

Multicolored skirts accompany the tourist throughout the excursion, until the intense golden of the sparse vegetation cuts them in the Campo de las Peladas, to allow them to resurface later. Meanwhile, majestic penitents of ice usually take possession of portions of land contrasting their immaculate white with the tones of the place.

It will appear "then the Gendarmerie Post anticipating the short distance and, finally, the last refuge on the Argentine side and a sign with the inscription ā ???? Welcome to Chileā ????, will infect the certainty of having reached the destination . An immense green lagoon will unfold before the eyes in that place, surpassing the expectations of all hikers of the San Francisco Pass.

San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca

Contrasting landscapes frame the city of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, located northwest of Argentina, on the banks of the RÃo del Valle, and nestled between the Sierras de Ambato and Ancasti. This ā ???? fortress in the skirt ????, as indicated by the Quechua voice Catamarca, retains part of its colonial architecture almost as a symbol of the quiet life of the locals, and respect for the past that reigns there .

View of part of the city

Tourist and commercial center of the province, San Fernando receives with its characteristic hospitality hundreds of visitors who choose it as a destination to enjoy its varied natural beauties. In addition, it presents an intense cultural life that manifests itself specifically in institutions and museums, but which can be felt at every step through the streets of the city and its surroundings.

Lovers of the excursions will find the paradise in San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, its high altitude territory and its lagoons. Mountain sports, tours in 4x4 trucks, classic horseback riding, are just some of the activities that can be developed while admiring the beautiful landscape of the place.

The city's itinerary can not exclude the visit to Plaza 25 de Mayo or the admiration of the neoclassical style of the Cathedral; the museums of Fine Arts, Sports, Archeology, and Handicrafts are also unavoidable stops on this catamarqueà ± o tour. Cuestas and Quebradas magnify the work of nature in San Fernando making this a tourist area of ​​varied options.

Close to summer villas, where you can enjoy water and pure air, this town of Catamarca has no expiration date. During the winter, when the temperature drops considerably, it becomes the seat of the National Party of Poncho, where attractive exhibitions of fabrics carry the praises of all the mouths present.
San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca is a destination as vivid as the metals that are still preserved in the mines settled in its territory. A territory graced by nature and caressed by the hospitality of its inhabitants.

Salar of the Dead Man

The Salar del Hombre Muerto is located in the Province of Catamarca, in its northeast corner, in the Antofagasta de la Sierra department, at a distance of 700 km from the provincial capital.

The useful life of this endeavor is calculated at 40 years, producing lithium chloride and lithium carbonate that is 100% exported. The output of the processed products is via rail to Antofagasta (Chile) and via marítima to U.S.A.

In the Muindo, there are three regions where there are deposits similar to the one located in Antofagasta de la Sierra, which due to its content is the most important on the planet. In Catamarca this enterprise is exploited by the FMC corporation, through Minera del Altiplano S.A.

The lithium carbonate plant started producing in the third quarter of 1997 and the lithium chloride plant in Gümes, Salta, in January 1998. For that year, the production was 6,182 tons and 2,640 tons of chloride. lithium, with an export value of US $ 25 million. As of 1999, the production of carbonate is discontinuous.

Balcón de La Laguna Verde

At the top of the mountain range, crossing the polychromatic lagoons of Los Aparejos, Laguna Azul and Laguna Negra, you can see the spectacular panorama of lagoons and volcanoes on the balcony of the Laguna Verde, 4,500 meters high. Mount Pissis rises like a colossus of 6,882 meters (IGM) meters high and five main summits, it is the highest volcano in the world. The approach to the Green Lagoon, of deep colors and intense reflections, makes the tourist stunned to rediscover unimaginable beauties. It is also possible to face the majestic return to the undulating route to Paso San Francisco, very rich in colors and landscapes, and to complete the journey to Las Grutas, at 4,000 masl. Overnight in the refuge of the Detachment of GendarmerÃa.

Cuesta del Portezuelo

The San Fernando Valley is located between two mountain ranges: Ambato to the west and Ancasti to the east. Both formations correspond to the geomorphological unit called Sierras Pampeanas, which formed by rocks belonging to the Brasilia massif were fractured during the caledonian cycle (primary era) and raised in the tertiary cycle (which in Argentina formed the Andes). The western slope of the Ancasti mountain range, extremely steep, gives rise to one of the most original walks of the Argentinean geography: the Portezuelo slope.

View from "La Cuesta del Portezuelo"

It is a zigzag path, very winding that takes us up to 1680 meters, and from where you can get beautiful panoramic views of the valley of Catamarca and the parallel mountain range of Ambato.
If we follow the road to the east, we descend to the village of Portezuelo, located only 650 meters above sea level.
We must highlight the different vegetation that both slopes of the sierra wield, towards the west it is almost like a semidesert with predominance of cardones, molles, carob trees; and the eastern slope, benefited by the humid winds that come from the Atlantic, is manifested by a subtropical rainforest of great foliage, with vegetation in floors or strata and the presence of ferns, tipas, alders and lapachos.

Biosphere Reserve "Laguna Blanca"

The only protected area in the province of Catamarca, the Laguna Blanca Biosphere Reserve, covers 770,000 hectares in the northern part of the Department of Belén and in the eastern part of the Antofagasta Department of the Sierra, representing the ecosystems of the Puna and the High Andes. Created in 1979 to protect vicuña populations in imminent risk of disappearing, it is currently a complex tourist attraction in which the native animal lives in complete safety.
The reserve is made up of shrub and grass steppes, with the formation of fertile plains in areas where water is available. Tolilla, water, rich rich, goat's horn and cacti of the genus Denmoza, Maihueniopsis, Lobivia and Opuntia, are just some of the exponents of the flora of Puneà ± a.

Among the fauna the vicuñas stand out for their abundance and ease of observation. It is also possible to see birds such as parinas and pink flamingos. Less common, but possible, is the observation of suri, pumas, foxes, Andean cats, chinchillas, quirquinchos and other curious species.

The lagoon has an extension of 4Kms. long by 2Kms. wide, and takes its name from the coloration that the waters acquire, product of the dissolved salts that it contains and the deposits of its shallow bottom.
At the entrance to Laguna Blanca, an Integral Museum offers the visitor an articulating vision of the natural and sociocultural environment, reflecting the long-standing local history. Meanwhile, the present is exposed by the small population nucleus through its streets, its vicuña farm and its main square.
From any corner of the reserve you can get a lovely panorama of the Nevado de Laguna Blanca.

Minera La Alumbrera

Bajo de la Alumbrera is located northwest of the province of Catamarca, east of the Andes and at an altitude of 2,600 meters above sea level.
The deposit is located at a distance of 400 km to the northwest of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca and 320 km to the southwest of San Miguel de TucumĆ "n.
The route that allows access to the mine is National No. 40, which connects the towns of Belén, Los Nacimientos and Santa María.
Exploration and exploitation rights belong to Dionisio Water Mine (YMAD), a society made up of representatives of the Government of Catamarca, the National University of Tucumán and the national government.
Bajo de la Alumbrera is one of the main metal deposits in the world that is exploited in the open, in which US $ 1,200 million were invested for its start-up in 1997.
The annual mining production amounts to 120 million metric tons. The material is extracted with four large-scale electric shovels and transported through a fleet of 36 mining trucks with a capacity of 220 tons.
Through crushing, milling and large-scale flotation processes, Bajo de la Alumbrera produces an annual average of 650,000 tons of concentrates containing 180,000 tons of copper and 600,000 troy ounces of gold.
Gold is recovered in the form of gold doré by means of a gravitational physical process as well as in the concentrate, which is processed in international refineries to obtain the final product.

Basilica Cathedral Our Lady of the Valley

This temple is one of the most important of its kind that exists in Argentina.
The façade, with its imposing atrium that advances towards the path (now replaced, like the road, by the Paseo de la Fe) built in 1995, in adhesion to the 300 years of the transfer of the Sacred Image to its current temple, by the Municipality of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca) is framing between two tall towers on its lateral ends, which culminate with a small triangular façade, which gives solemn grandeur to the sacred building.
The temple has a main nave and two lateral ones and has several interconnected chapels (three on the south side and four on the north side).
The floors were built with solid algarrobo planks, today marble mosaic with geometric decorations.
In 1869, the church had only three naves, but doubts arose about the solidity of the structure. Therefore, the initiative of the Safe Vicar and by the advice of technicians, the lateral chapels and flying buttresses of the sides were raised.
The monumental dimensions of the central nave reflect the grandeur of the Basilica. It measures 58.50 m long, 9.65 m wide and 14.65 m high.
The Altar Mayor was made in white marble from Carrara around 1875. It is a work of rich ornamentation and includes in its upper part the throne of the Virgen del Valle.
The Cápula culminates to 42 ms of height. At its peak, on March 28, 1869, an iron cross sent by Dr. Filemón Posse from Córdoba was placed in front of a large zinc.

Termas de FiambalĆ "

Nestled on the slope of the Sierra de FiambalĆ "and accompanied by the imposing landscape of the Cordillera de Los Andes, Termas de FiambalĆ" offers its enchanting therapeutic waters bordered by a shrub-like vegetation.
An outdoor pool and jet baths allow visitors to access hypertensive, alkaline, hypothetical thermal waters rich in green algae, whose temperature ranges from 38Āŗ C to 70Āŗ C. Sedative and oxygenating, The Thermal Baths of FiambalĆ "are highly recommended for the treatment of nervous affections, stress, arthritis, rheumatism and skin conditions.
Comfort therapeutic water center, Termas de Fiambalà "incorporates health tourism to the Catamarca itinerary, allowing tourists to find relaxation and entertainment at the same time and in the same place.
The thermal baths are located to the southwest of the province of Catamarca, at 12Kms. from the city of FiambalĆ ", 63Kms. of Tinogasta, and 342Kms. of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca. They are reached through National Route No. 60.

The Jumeal Dam

It was built to capture the flows of the El Tala river and provide drinking water to the city. This place, three kilometers from the capital, lends itself to fishing and water sports but it is forbidden to bathe. There are circuits for pedestrians and asphalted and marked cycleways. It is the most typical walk of the catamarqueà ± os, has a waterfall of 15 meters in the Balcón de la Cascada and an ideal preliminary view of all San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca from the Balcón de la ciudad.

Snowcapped of the Aconquija

Walking on the same paths used by the ā ???? antiguaā ???? Hundreds of years ago, crossing old Inca citadels, defines this experience as unique. Living step by step, the contrasts between the aridity of Catamarca and the exuberant vegetation of the Tucumana jungle of the National Park À ???? Los Alisosā ????. The road is not easy: steps at 4900 meters, steep slopes, valleys and high rivers, but the mere fact of being able to contemplate the celestial sky with a sea of ​​clouds below, agitated but in silence, thinking, looking; In short, trying to understand how life was here, at 4200 meters, more than 500 years ago.

Sumampa dam

Imposing water mirror of 17 cubic hectometres, the Sumampa dam has a breakwater and a wall built with earth.
More favorable for the development of various nautical activities, and fishing of pejerreyes admired by fans of the sport of pique, this dam is one of the central attractions of the Department of Paclín.
An unmissable option is to walk along its path of circumvallation, going through a path full of vegetation, flowers and colorful birds.
It is located about 50 Kilometers from the charming town of La Vià ± a.

Adobe Route

The Route of the Adobe, in Catamarca, covers fifty kilometers between the localities of Tinogasta and Fiambalà ", and in it there are historical monuments and small chapels made with adobe, the mixture of mud, straw and manure.
Tinogasta, in Quechua "meeting of towns", is the last department of Catamarca before reaching the border with Chile, and there is "Casagrande, a hundred-year-old house that belonged to the Chilean Vice-Consul Rodolfo Orella, and where now his great-granddaughter Bárbara installed a tourist complex that provides lodging and that has a restaurant and a craft business.
At the end of the 19th century, the Cazadores de los Andes Battalion operated in that house, destined to settle a border conflict with the trans-Andean country that finally did not prosper.
The Adobe Route begins in Casagrande, a property that has 2,000 square meters and was the center of a larger farm, which was built in 1808. This adobe construction has roofs of six meters high and walls between 50 and 70 centimeters wide.
Casagrande is on a corner, in what is still known as the "Orella neighborhood", and its spacious and fresh rooms -whose furniture is from the 19th century- are ideal for tourists to spend the night there, and then continue on their way to FiambalĆ ".
And already on the tourist route, after a short walk you will arrive at El Puesto, a village surrounded by vineyards and olive trees where is the oratory of Los Orquera, one of the jewels of this route that the traditional family built in 1747.
The images, including one of Our Lady of the Rosary and another of a Crucified Christ, as well as a picture of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the Child, were brought from Chuquisaca, in Peru, by the Martina sisters and Mariana Asiaris, who had previously passed through Calama and San Pedro de Atacama, in Chile.
From there, the Adobe Route continues towards Anillaco, the old town of Catamarca that was a bastion of the colonizing process of the region and that gave its name to the Anillaco de La Rioja.
It was there that Diego de Almagro, the first Spaniard who fatigued the northwestern lands, traveled there in 1536, where the conquistadors found a resistance they did not expect and that was the origin of the bloody Calchaquí wars.
The neighbors managed to have the Anillaco church declared a Provincial Historic Monument in 1993, and years later, in 2002, when the Adobe Route ceased to be a project to become a reality, the economic resources came to recover that Holy place and almost three times centennial.
And already at the mouth of the La Troya ravine stands Watungasta, or Batungasta, an aboriginal settlement whose ruins were recognized by Argentine archaeologists such as Alberto Rex González and Rodolfo Raffino, who determined that it was an important population center in the heart of the Valley of Abaucan.
Other studies showed that Batungasta, which means "town of the great wizards", was a settlement prior to the arrival of the Incas, in 1470, and one of the 10 outstanding sites among the 138 facilities that this town left in the northwest of our country.
This theory is based on its design, which has two squares, just like the citadel of Cusco.
And finally the Adobe Route arrives at FiambalĆ "and the Church of San Pedro, an adobe construction that Captain Domingo Carrizo erected in 1770, where he enthroned a carving of Cuzco origin made of wood and oil, brought from Bolivia .
The church is part of the old Mayorazgo de FiambalĆ ", and of La Comandancia, and in front of it stands a 200-year-old carob tree, a privileged witness of everything that happened in the ancient dwelling of the Pianwalla Cacanos.
For the people of FiambalĆ "Saint Peter is" the holy walker ", Patron of the Vineyards, who is shown sitting in the center of the altar. And there are many who say they have seen him walking among the vineyards and returning to the altar with thorns in his shoes.
In the sacristy of the church there is a huge wooden arch where the wall of shoes of all colors are kept, which the saint walker receives from his devotees in gratitude for pleas pleas.

Dunes of Saujil and Tatón

An immense expanse of gigantic sand mountains traces the dazzling landscape known as the Saujil and Tatón Dunes. A paradise for off roaders, a favorite place for young people, a place chosen for the passionate practice of sandboarding and the journeys in ATVs and off-road vehicles, this white desert captivates with its image and tempts adventure.
According to assurances from experts in the field, with its height of more than 2 thousand meters, the Dunas de Saujil and Tatón would enjoy the dangerous privilege of being the highest in America. Defiance, adrenaline, charm of the senses, this talc terrain with its desolate appearance constitutes an inescapable attraction when passing through FiambalÃ. "
You get to this wonderful picture, traveling about 25Kms. from the city by Provincial Route No. 34.

Route of the SixMiles (Circuit)

The high peaks of the Andes thread a formidable tour of towns and landscapes.

The call ā ???? Route of the seismilesā ???? It is probably one of the most surprising itineraries that the Argentine geography hides, an ideal place for lovers of virgin scenery and nature in its purest form. Composed of 14 peaks that exceed 6,000 meters above sea level, the circuit is deployed in the west of Catamarca, close to the border with Chile and offers a combination of small towns full of charm and an incredible succession of landscapes.
Until not long ago, the Route of the Seismiles was only frequented by Argentine and foreign mountaineers, who come every year to this area to challenge the complicated catamarca peaks, but in recent times it has become a very important destination. visited by all kinds of travelers.

The peoples of the west
Traveling west from San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, the road runs along the lonely route 60, which leads to the San Francisco Pass, the crossing point of the crossing. When the silhouette of the mountain range is already an unavoidable presence on the horizon, a first stop is imposed in Tinogasta, the most important town in the western catamarca. Founded in the 18th century, the city offers a wide range of services for tourists and has two excellent museums that treasure objects of the indigenous cultures that lived in this region.
A little further on, continuing along route 60, Anillaco is located, where the ruins of a small church built in 1712 are preserved, and then the famous sanctuary of the town of San Pedro. Declared a National Historic Monument, the temple of San Pedro was built in 1770 and presents a white and simple appearance, with colonial airs, with an old Cusco image of the patron saint of the church inside.
Just before entering the last stretch of the route, where are the domains of the majestic seismiles, the town of Fiambalà appears. Founded in 1702, the city is an ideal place to spend the night, since it has several hotels and it is worth spending a day to walk through its streets and visit the oases of crops that exist in its outskirts.

The kingdom of the giants
After passing through FiambalĆ ", route 60 turns abruptly to the west and faces the mountain range. After leaving behind the small town of Chaschuil, the road is placed again parallel to the mountains and becomes a fabulous showcase of natural spectacles.
The first peak to appear is Mount Pissis, which is right on the border with the province of La Rioja. The Pissis, which has a height of 6,882 meters, is not only the highest inactive volcano in the world, but also fights with the nearby Ojos del Salado to occupy the second place in the list of mountains. highest in all of America. The debate about which of the two is the Aconcagua escort has to do with the fact that many specialists do not agree on the final height of each, which is a difference of only a few meters, insignificant and fundamental at the same time .
In the capital of Catamarca you can hire excursions that reach several of the salt flats that exist throughout this region. Among the most impressive are the salt flats of Laguna Negra and the Dead Man, where you can enjoy incredible landscapes, composed of the white vastness of the salt seas, the mountains in the background and groups of guanacos scampering in different directions.
Another great spectacle is the solitary lagoons that are in front of several of the great peaks of this route, such as the Lagoon of Peinado and the Laguna Verde. All these places transmit the sensation of being absolutely virgin territories and are quite isolated, so they are reached by means of vehicles 4? 4.
In the heart of the cordillera, bordering Chile, there are several of the most important seismiles, such as the Cerro de los Patos and Cerro Tres Cruces. Among these, the best seen from the route is the Incahuasi, which is seen just before entering the last leg of the trip. The Incahuasi is one of the favorite peaks for the climbers and there was a famous figurine of an indigenous funeral trousseau.
When turning route 60 towards the west appears the majestic San Francisco hill, which is probably the most known and visited of the seismiles, since it is very close to the highway and the San Francisco Passage.
This step, which unites the Argentine territory with the Chilean town of Copiapó, is the end point of a nearly 200 kilometer route that has been practically deserted, in which the imposing presence of the seismiles invites us to reflect on the real measure of man in front of nature. From the bordering landmark, located at 4,700 meters high, it is not possible to stop looking back and observe in silence the image of the colossi, transmitting all their power and peace.

Antofagasta de la Sierra

To the north of the province of Catamarca, is the town of Antofagasta de la Sierra. On the border with Chile and Salta and 558 km from San Fernando it is also known as ā ???? Casa del Solā ????. This is so because being there the sky seems closer because of its height of 3440 meters. In spite of being the largest territory of the province, it is one of the most unpopulated places in the country, where less than 1,300 people live.
This paradisiac place conforms with other catamarca departments the area known as the Puna. In it there are numerous volcanoes of great height, with depressions that form basins with lagoons and salt flats.

Volcanoes of Antofagasta

Antofagasta de la Sierra is a city with a lot of tradition, among its natives most of the work is still the shepherding of sheep and llamas that can be seen everywhere. Spinning and weaving of blankets and other garments is also continued. That is why it is very common to see the artisans in full labor throughout the place.
This town in Puneà ± a presents multiple offers for tourists. In addition to touring the immense desert and mountain terrain by bicycle or 4x4, you can perform special activities such as trout fishing, visit archaeological sites, lava fields, practice mountaineering or participate in safaris. All this is possible due to the mountainous geography in which the Sierras de Calalaste, Aguas Calientes, Sierras de Antofalla, Los Colorados, the Sierras de Buenaventura where volcanoes appear and also you can discover beautiful salt flats that give you a very special feature to this town.
The month of March is an ideal date to visit Antofagasta as every year a great festival called the ā ???? Fair of the Punaā ???? where there is no shortage of crafts, dances, especially folkloric, and a great climate of joy and fun.

The Dragón de Ignimbrita (Antofagasta de la Sierra)

Volcanoes Antofagasta and Alumbrera: both 8 km from the town are easy ascension (takes approximately half an hour) and, once there allow to observe and portray beautiful panoramic views. To get to them you have to go through the Laguna Antofagasta where you can see pink flamingos.
Volcà "n GalÃ" n: it is one of the largest in the world, until 1970 it was known as Cerro Galà "n but with the appearance of the satellite photos it was discovered that it was the crater of a volcano." n. Going into it is the diamond lagoon.
Carachi Pampa: great wall of alluvial material on the north side and pumice stone on the south side. There exists a volcano with the same name and in the base it gives rise to a gap.
Laguna Blanca Nature Reserve: It is 133km away from the population and was created in the face of the concern to preserve the species of the native fauna.
El Peà ³ n: 60km away is this immense grove that gives the town its name.
Paicuqui: only 17km away is this pastureland close to the Puntilla River, a place chosen especially by trout fishermen.
Salar del Hombre Muerto: at the edge of this site are the old Incahuasi gold mines, exploited first by the Incas and then by the Spaniards.

Fauna of Antofagasta

Archaeological Site "The Shincal"

In Belén, a few kilometers from London, the second oldest town in the country, is this monumental archaeological park, one of the most fascinating and outstanding of the north of Argentina.
Located at the foot of the Quimivil sierra, El Shincal was built and inhabited by the Incas between 14570 and 1536, respecting the urban layout of Cuzco given its provincial capital status in the extensive Indian Empire.
Framed by an extraordinary landscape, the ancient architectural complex is made up of more than a hundred enclosures, several of them grouped in colossal buildings, scattered over an area of ​​some 21 hectares. The doctor and archaeologist Rodolfo Raffino, artisan of the discovery in 1981 and still director of the recuperation works, regularly supervises the advance of the researchers, who continue to find magnificent structures of that city.
One of the last finds consists of a superb stretch of Inca trail, with an architectural quality comparable only to those discovered in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco. An element that adds to the already visible aqueducts of stone, civic and religious platforms, sheds for soldiers, walled hills, stone stairways, watchtowers and corrals.
The Shincal de Quimivil becomes, then, in a place that can not be left to visit to breathe and to feel with the sight the once glorious pre-Columbian atmosphere that forged the beginning of the history and culture of the Argentine northwest.

Valles CalchaquÃs

The Valles CalchaquÃes region is made up of different populations that, due to their wide extension, cover the provinces of Catamarca, TucumÃn and Salta. Its altitude ranges from 1600 to 2300 meters above sea level. The city of Santa MarÃa is considered the capital and is one of the most remote areas of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, since it is 340 km away. It has a population of 17,000 inhabitants.
The mountain chains present are several: Dead Man's Sierras, Chango Real, Serranías del Cajón, Nevado de Catreal with heights over 3,000 meters, Sierras de Quilmes del Cajón and Sierras del Aconquija, with more than 5,000 meters. .
The Valleys can be reached in different ways: by the South from the interior of Catamarca, by the North from Salta and by the East from TucumĆ "n.
The circuit of the CalchaquÃs Valleys crosses different points: the Monument to the Indian in the Los Sosa Provincial Park, Tafà del Valle, El Mollar, La Angostura Dam, El Infiernillo, Yokavil Valley, Ampimpa, Amaicha del Valle, Ruins of Quilmes, El Bathed, Colalao del Valle, El Pichao.
The whole area stands out in its food production and in the weaving, the vines, etc. Regional foods have an aboriginal root in their preparation. Among the ingredients of Santa MarÃa's local foods are maize, beef, lamb, pork, llama and hare. Also they prepare sweet and liqueurs of grape, peach, quince.
Santa MarÃa, department surrounded by hills, is a place of coexistence of sports tourism, alternative with the knowledge of archaeological centers since it is considered the largest in the Argentine Northwest. It has remains of 27 indigenous populations. In addition, there are petroglyphs (carved in rocks) and pictographs such as those of Ampajango and Entre RÃos (Shiquimil).
The tourist can find a great hotel and gastronomic infrastructure in addition to witnessing the Carnival and tributes to the Pachamama.

Sierras de Catamarca

It is located in the northwest sector of the Province of Catamarca, just 49 kilometers from the provincial capital. The city emerges as a canyon that stretches between the Sierras de GraciĆ "n and Guayamba.
Paclin is one of the most beautiful places in the province of Catamarca. It is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, with large mountains and lakes. On the other hand, the place has several green spaces where visitors usually do outdoor activities or simply enjoy being in contact with nature. On the other hand, the region is very linked to their aboriginal ancestors, since in each place they can see the trace of them.
In Paclin the traveler will find "all the amenities you need to make your stay in the city unforgettable. This way in the city you can make use of: Restaurants, confectioneries, fast food houses, spas, hotels and accommodation of different prices, camping, booths, cybercafes, libraries, museums, video clubs, departure and arrival of buses long distance, interurban transport, taxis, remises, supermarkets, supermarkets, service stations, fire station, sub-police station, first aid room and mechanical workshops.

Los Ténnels Paclin: They are located a few kilometers from the town and can be reached by National Route 38. The place is a railway engineering work that was truncated. It has along its five kilometers of extension a unique charm that is often visited by tourists who come to Paclin. The construction works of the site began in the decade of the 40, the same had as objective to unite by means of the routes of the train to the provinces of Catamarca and Tucumà "n happening under the Sierras de Guayamba.
Sumampa Dam: The site is about 40 kilometers from the city. It is an impressive water mirror of 17 cubic hectometres and has a riprap and a wall of earth.
In this place they usually perform different water activities. But fishing is undoubtedly the main attraction in the area, as travelers who arrive there have the possibility of obtaining generous card stock of pejerreyes. The site is one of the tourist centers of the department of Paclin.
Cuesta de El Totoral: It is one of the most beautiful places in the region. It has large landscapes and extensive lands. However, not only El Totoral is what attracts travelers, but the road to it is extremely beautiful. On this road there are some sections that are paved and others that are gravel. If you try to get there by car you need to travel at low speed because the curves are very dangerous.
On the other hand, along this path you can see different types of vegetation such as: lapachos, jacaranda trees, drunken sticks, alders, and ferns. All these species are favored by the humidity of the land in that area.


The mountain ranges of Ambato, which rise to 1250 meters above sea level, make up one of the most typical landscapes of the catamarqueà ± os, impact and move the tourist for its great extension and its so varied slopes of curves and contracurvas, precipices and an endless deep green that is lost along.

The rodeo
The town is one of the most beautiful in the southern sector of the province of Catamarca. It is surrounded by the sierras of Ambato, one of the main provincial attractions. On the other hand. The landscape is extremely important for the arrival of tourism. It is changing throughout the province but without losing its beauty. The city also has large natural spaces in which visitors have the possibility of outdoor activities enjoying the many green spaces that it has.
In addition, the place generates a family atmosphere closely linked to the spaces shared between the children and the elderly. Thus, it is common to see children playing in the squares and parks while their parents enjoy the place.
It is also necessary to mention that the town has all the necessary elements so that the visit to it is unforgettable. In it the traveler will find ": Restaurants, confectioneries, fast food houses, spas, hotels and accommodation of different prices, camping, booths, cybercafes, libraries, museums, video clubs, departure and arrival of long distance bus, transport interurban, taxis, remises, supermarkets, supermarkets, service stations, fire station, sub-police station, first aid room and mechanical workshops.

The Old Church: The site has the distinction of being the oldest temple in the department of Ambato. The place where it was built was donated by Mr. Jacobo Molina in the year 1866. However, it was the neighbors of the city who helped to build the temple during the years following the donation of the land. Finally, it is worth noting that the place was declared a Provincial Historic Monument.
Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Church: It was built on the land donated by Don Josà © Pà © rez. On the other hand, the site was completed in 1932 with the placement of the cornerstone.
Cristo Redentor El Rodeo: It is located on the summit of Cerro Huayco. The Christ the Redeemer was inaugurated in 1966 and has an image of seven meters in height. At present it is the most important religious and tourist symbol of the town.
Las Caà ± adas: The site represents the inhabited region that is located in the Cordón del Ambato. In the place ā ???? corridasā ???? (rodeo cattle).
Being a transit area for fishermen, mountaineers and peasants, the territory has become one of the main attractions of the city. In addition, a few kilometers away are caves that are located under large stones.
Cerro El Manchao: The site is also known as El Bramador. The place is one of the most favorable for those tourists who like extreme sports. The challenge of climbing it requires three days of travel. You can also climb to your top walking or on horseback, although the excursion will take "the same time.


It is located in the southern sector of the province of Catamarca, within the homonymous department and only 82 kilometers to the east of the provincial capital. On the other hand, the site is 870 meters above sea level and has a total area of ​​2412 square kilometers.
The town was founded on September 26, 1735. The site was inhabited by the Diaguita and Calchaquí aborigines. Which decided to put the name of Ancasti to the city since in their language said word means ā ???? high hillside of the hill ????.
On the other hand, the place bases its economy on the production of: walnut, quince, maize, squash, potato, forage; cattle, goats and sheep.
As regards tourism, the municipality receives, year after year, a large number of tourists. They arrive with the objective of visiting the beautiful and dazzling landscapes that the city offers. There you will have the opportunity to find a dike surrounded by numerous mountains. In addition, you can carry out different sports activities in contact with nature or simply enjoy being outdoors.
It should also be noted that the place has all the necessary amenities to make the stay in him unforgettable. In this way Ancasti becomes one of the most beautiful regions to visit in the southern sector of the province of Catamarca.

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Snowy mountains of Pirquitas

National and International Party of the Poncho

Festivals are the most remote manifestations that can be known in any current culture. These representations are complex, since they show other elements that speak of the existence of a certain culture. The clothing, crafts, dances and food are embodied in a party, and make the idiosyncrasies of a town.
As in every winter the province unfolds in a large poncho, San Fernando del Valle, Capital of the Province, becomes the scene of the party.
First National Poncho Party
The great celebration of the catamarqueà ± os, was institutionalized by means of the Dct. No. 645/67, signed by Governor Guillermo Brizuela, in which the month of July was fixed for its accomplishment in accordance with the winter holidays. The place chosen was the already historic Manzana del Turismo from July 5 to 16, 1967, the program included the participation of all the Departments of the Province, with contests of crafts, poetry, music, and the great festival by the nights. In addition, the national card counted with important personalities such as Los Chalchaleros, Jaime DĆ "valos, Margarita Palacios. Currently the artistic and craft proposal opens a range of events that take place in the so-called ā ???? Carpa de la Culturaā ????: painting, sculpture, cinema, puppets, craft and cultural workshops. While the children have their place earned in the ā ???? Ponchitoā ????.
The creation of the poncho party was motivated by the following objectives, among others:
The vindication of a garment so unique, important and representative of Catamarca nationally and internationally, which shone in the world exhibitions and served to honor outstanding personalities who visited our country, with the most beautiful of fabrics: the poncho of Vicuña
Also the need to exhibit our handicrafts so rich and varied in an exhibition and sale to the public.
On the other hand, the catamarca folklore, so rich, should be encouraged and promoted in a national instance and demonstrate our history, culture, cordiality and above all the incomparable landscapes.
In centuries the catamarqueà ± os fabrics continue demanding the same industriousness and empeà ± o symbolizing the native essence of this province.
The major festival of Catamarca shelters in each edition the astonished look of the visitors to the exhibition, moved by the diversity and beauty of the local and national crafts. In the present edition, the Handicraft Fair will receive the visit of 600 provincial and national artisans.
The capital city, San Fernando del Valle is the proud hostess summoning the makers of this cultural richness that gives identity to our people. The poncho is the inalterable representative of Catamarca and its craftsmen.
Within the framework of the party, the Catamarca Productive Expo takes place, synthesis of the activity carried out in the province, agricultural, industrial and commercial sample, both of companies catamarqueà ± as as of companies installed in the territory.

Procession of the Virgin of the Valley

Every April 8th and December the Virgen del Valle festivities are celebrated, as every year thousands of faithful arrive in Catamarca in order to honor it and ask for thanks to the venerated image of the Santisima Patron of the Valley.
The procession is usually from a point far from the center to the steps of the Cathedral Basilica where the 9th day of prayer and worship of the Holy Image culminates.

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I did not have the opportunity to visit many places in Catamarca, but all the way from Fiambalà "to the San Francisco Passage I found it beautiful.

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