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Valle De Catamarca - Other Activity San Fernando Del Valle De Catamarca - Argentina

In the picturesque valley north of Catamarca city are small villages with quaint churches.

San Isidro, seven kilometers (4.5 mi) east on Ruta Nacional 38, was founded in 1668. On one side of the orange-treed plaza is Iglesia de San Isidro Labrador (1869-73). Its tower, façade and cupola are covered with blue Calais tiles.

Following Ruta 38 to Ruta Provincial 41, sojourners arrive at Villa Dolores with its church. Although constructed in 1847, the architecture is typical colonial-era design, with heavy twin towers and broad nave. It has interesting paintings and statues.

Three kilometers (1.9 mi) north is San Antonio, a hamlet dating from the viceregal epoch, and its white Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua (1807). Next is San José (3 km / 1.9 mi), a colonial village distinguished by Fray Mamerto Esquiú’s family home and Iglesia de San Jose de Piedra Blanca. Another three kilometers (1.9 mi) on is the simple Iglesia del Señor de los Milagros (1793). The valley’s oldest church, Capilla Nuestra Señora del Rosario (1715), is directly to the west, on Ruta Provincial 1.

San Fernando Del Valle De Catamarca, Argentina

Other Activity Types:
Village, Church, Scenic route

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

Visit Catamarca’s archaeology, art, history and other museums. Escape for the day to Dique Las Pirquitas or El Rodeo for some hiking, fishing or horseback riding. Check out Pueblo Perdido.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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