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Belén, located 85 kilometers (52.8 mi) west of Andalgalá along RP-46, is a good base for hiking, horseback riding and other adventure tourism activities. The city is well known for its alpaca and wool products, so it's a great place to hit the shops and search out some deals. At times, the road to Belén is impassable, so be sure to inquire before taking off in a rental car. Buses will not run if the conditions are prohibitively bad.


The Plaza Presbítero Olmos de Aguilera is a low-key place to spend an afternoon or a bit of time with an ice cream during summer. While in the area, pop in for a look at the Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Belén and the Museo Provincial Cóndor Huasi.


The best eating options in town are without a doubt 1900 and El Único. The first has large plates of regional meals, while the latter has fat steaks and a good wine selection. For lodging, backpackers gravitate toward Hotel Gómez and Hotel Samay. Hotel Belén is a fancier shackdown for travelers that can afford it.


Other places nearby Belén: Cafayate, Yavi, Andalgalá, Tilcara, Up To Paso San Francisco, Salta, Jujuy, San Antonio de los Cobres, La Quiaca and Purmamarca.

By Chris Hughes
Traveling South America to give Viva readers the most up-to-date information...
24 Aug 2009

Things to do in Belén

Plaza Presbítero Olmos de Aguilera

Plaza Presbítero Olmos de Aguilera is a well-manicured plaza shaded by orange trees and palms. It is lined with several cafés and ice cream shops -- all good for a quick break from a leisurely walk ...
City Plaza
Belén, Argentina

Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Belén

The Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Belén was inspired by the cathedral that stands in Catamarca, and was designed and constructed, in distinctive bare brickwork, by early 20th-century Italian immigrants ...
Historical Building
Belén, Argentina

Museo Provincial Cóndor Huasi

The Museo Provincial Cóndor Huasi has an impressive collection of Diaguita artifacts. The vast quantity of ceramics, along with bronze and silver items, cover all four archaeological periods. The ...
Belén, Argentina
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