10 Things to Do in Province of Catamarca That You Shouldn't Miss

December 14, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Catamarca (Spanish pronunciation: [kataˈmarka]) is a province of Argentina, located in the northwest of the country. The province has a population of 334,568 as per the 2001 census [INDEC], and covers an area of 102,602 km. Its literacy rate is 95.5%. Neighboring provinces are (clockwise, from the north): Salta, Tucumán, Santiago del Estero, Córdoba, and La Rioja. To the west it borders Chile.
Restaurants in Province of Catamarca

1. Campo de Piedra Pomez

Empalme El Peñon, Antofagasta de la Sierra, Argentina +54 3832 41-1871
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5 based on 175 reviews

Campo de Piedra Pomez

Reviewed By Mick1803 - Koeniz, Switzerland

Great labyrinth of volcanic rock formations (likely a pyroclastic flow formation from a white volcano) to learn, have fun and possibly get lost. Beautiful area and amazing colours. Good way to start the Puna as the relatively low altitude of 3000m provides perfect acclimatisation. On the other side it is also a good starting point to exit the Puna via an rather adventurous route to Fiambala. Follow the tracks up from the principal parking area to the to the distant mountain top at 4400m in more or less a straight line, and then down through the Sierra de Buenaventura to the hamlet of Las Papas. Then follow the river (countless crossings) and eventually reach Fiambala, maybe 8 hours from Pomez.
It is a great route but be aware of sand and the water levels at Las Papas. Best to do with a local guide.

2. Ruta de los Seismiles

Ruta nacional 60, Tinogasta, Argentina
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5 based on 129 reviews

Ruta de los Seismiles

Reviewed By pepichka

The area is amazing. I stayed at Cortaderas hotel, which I highly recommend if you want to explore the area. You'll find wild vicuñas and guanacos, running everywhere. Also a fox here or there. Pink flamingos. Wild nature just for you. The height can affect you, so plan to stay for more than one day and you will feel better.

3. Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Valle

Sarmiento, entre San Martin y Republica, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Argentina +54 11 5948-6461
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Valle

Reviewed By RMartinSDXB - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This church its one of the most important churches in the North of Argentina. Its the main pilgrimage for the Holy Virgin of the Valley, and get really crowded at the beginning of December during the day of the Virgin.
Architectonically, its a massive church with a beautiful design, lovely windows and a small but religiously important museum. Its just in front of the main square, open almost the entire day, so if you are around there is no excuse to pay a little visit the Cathedral.

4. Ruinas de El Shincal

Calle Enripiada | Desvío Ruta 40, Londres, Argentina +54 3835 49-1919
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Ruinas de El Shincal

Reviewed By ryanar70 - Santiago, Chile

Was very pleasantly surprised by these ruins, especially their scale. A great place to wander around. We had the place pretty much to ourselves, which was great in some respects, but it seems a shame it is less well known and visited than it deserves to be.
Some more interpretive information around the place would be good.

5. Termas de Fiambala

Termas de Fiambala, Catamarca, Fiambala, Argentina +54 3837 49-6291
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4.5 based on 442 reviews

Termas de Fiambala

Reviewed By Frederique V - Brummen, The Netherlands

The termen are located in a gorge, the water flows through several bath down. Everywhere there are places to sit and relax. We saw whole families with chairs and cool boxes. It is probable a alternative to a day on the beach.Nevertheless, it was quiet, no radios or shouting.
The coldest bath is app. 25 Celsius and then you work your way up to the hottest (app. 50 Celsius).
We made it to the hottest bath and were completely alone in there, with a couple of admirers on the site. Most people we saw stayed in the baths around 35-37 Celsius.
We stayed in hotel Municipal in Fiambala and took a remises back and from to the Termen. All the Cabanas were occupied. And we were glad we didn't book a cabana because a visit of two hours is more then enough.

6. Ruta del Adobe

Tinogasta, Argentina
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Ruta del Adobe

Reviewed By pepichka

It is amazing. You start in Tinogasta, where you can visit Casagrande hotel. Then you take the road to Fiambala. The first stop is at El Puesto, a very small village with a beautiful landscape. The little church there is incredible, from the 18th century, called Oratorio de los Orquera. There are cottages for rent here, near the church, that belong to the Orquera family. Then you go to Anillaco, Andacolla, Wutungasta ruins and finally San Pedro church, before arriving in Fiambala. It can take one hour, depending on your interests, but it is worthy. A trip to old times

7. Plaza 25 de Mayo

Manzana delimitada por Sarmiento, Republica, Rivadavia y San Martin, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Argentina
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4 based on 153 reviews

Plaza 25 de Mayo

Reviewed By Jnanayog - St. John's, Canada

This Park started has a most interesting history beginning which it has carried forth into today.  Stirred by the Sugar production of this area which still exist in force, the inspiration for its birth had it beginning therein. Central Park in NY can hardly come close to this Park in its size of some 250 acres..100 or so hectares. There is so much of historic relevance you need have a go a Wikipedia to fill in what a review such as this cannot capture. Rather than snap pics of the various items of highlight we saw in a small walkabout I opted for a varying of the light across one small part as the sun set. Stop by anytime of the day though in the evening folks gather in various numbers to enjoy the space.  A Brilliant Idea of the mothers and fathers of year ago! 

8. Galan Volcano

Antofagasta de la Sierra, Antofagasta de la Sierra 4705, Argentina +54 3837 42-1312
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5 based on 58 reviews

Galan Volcano

Reviewed By Nico O - Buenos Aires, Argentina

just an unbelievable combination of Volcanos, blue lagoons, thousands of flamingo birds, and all that above 4000 meters. incredible excursion 4x4

9. El Rodeo

San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Argentina +54 9 351 399-7167
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4 based on 99 reviews

El Rodeo

Reviewed By Jorge H - Province of Catamarca, Argentina

Es un pueblo hermoso enclavado en las sierras de Ambato a 38 km de la capital con un microclima maravilloso, durante el verano las casas de veraneantes se llena y en invierno es helado y hermoso. Si vienen a Catamarca no dejen de visitarlo. Muy recomendable

10. Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Fray Mamerto Esquiu Esquina Rivadavia, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Argentina
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4 based on 83 reviews

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Reviewed By Roberto Angel G - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Es mi segunda visita a esta hermosa e imponente iglesia, lamentablemente, esta vez tampoco pude acceder a su interior. Por lo que pude averiguar, la abren solamente los domingos a alrededor de las 19 hs. De todos modos, al verla tan solo desde el exterior se puede apreciar que es una verdadera joya arquitectónica, que merece urgente una puesta en valor.

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