Chapel in Villa El Rodeo, Province of Catamarca - Photo: Pablo Etchevers
The Province of Catamarca is part of Northwestern Argentina. Its scenes include valleys and cities alike. There is a significant presence of mountains and volcanoes which turn this into an ideal destination to enjoy sports such as mountaineering and climbing.
Sumer villas like El Rodeo, incredible cities like Belén, Tinogasta and Londres, or the indescribable beauty of the healing waters of Fiambalá, nearby Antofagasta de la Sierra, as well as the popularity of the already famous Poncho National Festival have made Catamarca a perfect place for the entire family.
Among its natural attractions, the province boasts several mountains that give shape to the so-called "Seismiles" Road. Its name stands for "six thousand" in Spanish and it refers to the fact that all these snow-capped peaks surpass the 6,000 meters of height. In addition to this, the most elevated volcanoes and ponds in the world lure expert climbers who want to hit their summits every year.
Religious festivities, among which the Virgin of the Valley Festival, in the capital city San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, stands out, summon crowds arriving from all points in the province. They come along to keep their faith intact.
Fiambalá, which in the tongue of the original settlers means "water that soaks into the mountain", is a small town located a few kilometers from the City of Tinogasta. Apart from its benign microclimate and its warmth, the place has a unique spice that makes it ideal to visit: its hot springs.
In the natural pools that come down from the mountain, the water temperature ranges from 38º C to 70º C and its mineral properties make it highly valuable due to its healing and medicinal power.
This summer village is very near the capital of Catamarca. It is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend with family or friends. The many activities that can be done are worth a visit.
Fog Town, or rather, Niquixao. That was the original name in Quechua tongue of the beautiful tourist village known today as El Rodeo and founded by the Spaniards in 1614.
Adobe is just a building material, but at Tinogasta it has become an essential component of the life of its dwellers. And though it has been there for centuries, it has just been included in tours.
The adobe churches are the most attractive buildings for visitors. Their round domes, their shapes and lines, their arches and especially their color, similar to terracota, make them unique.