What to do and see in Province of Santiago del Estero, Argentina: The Best Places and Tips

March 30, 2018 Phylicia Berquist

Discover the best top things to do in Province of Santiago del Estero, Argentina including Centro Cultural del Bicentenario, Museo Del Automovil, Plaza Libertad, Forum, Reserva Natural Tara Inti, Iglesia Catedral Basilica, Represa Rio Hondo, Casino Del Sol - Termas de Rio Hondo, Dique y Embalse de Termas de Rio Hondo, Complejo Juan Felipe Ibarra.
Restaurants in Province of Santiago del Estero

1. Centro Cultural del Bicentenario

Avenida Libertad 439, Santiago del Estero G4200CZE, Argentina +54 385 422-4858
Excellent
60%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 208 reviews

Centro Cultural del Bicentenario

Reviewed By mariucha69 - Rosario

Bicentenary Cultural Centre is a museum complex that combines History Museum “Dr. Orestes Di Lullo”, Natural Science Museum “Emilio & Duncan Wagner” and Fine Arts Museum “Ramón Gómez Cornet”. The former “Cabildo” (government house during colonial times) has been recently refurbished and partially rebuilt and extended to bring together these three main institutions of the history of Santiago under one roof. The idea is not a bad one, and the pieces you find inside are diverse and many. From prehistoric animals bones to medals; from pre-Columbian pottery to contemporary paintings. The display techniques are appealing and contemporary, the building itself is spotless and smartly merges these three different areas. But.... the information is scarce (not a single map, nor a sign, nothing) and, which is even worse, originals and replicas are displayed without making any distinction. As an example, the back access to the building is an imitation of the “Colegio de San Gerónimo” Portico (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and even when they do not say otherwise, they also choose to refer to it as “Romanic Portico”, which obviously is not. African sculptures are also imitations, as many other objects of the History Museum are.
All in all the place is worth visiting because even when it will leave you in want of more information, the pre-Columbian urns, pots, vases, figures are absolutely magnificent.
There is a very small fee for this attraction and is open from 9 am to 9 pm.
There is also a cafeteria on the ground floor, food is not bad and service is excellent.

2. Museo Del Automovil

Av. Costanera Prolongacion s/n, Rincon de Atacama, Termas de Rio Hondo 4220, Argentina +54 385 421-8606
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 667 reviews

Museo Del Automovil

Reviewed By Julio010 - Seinajoki, Finland

The museo has a interesting collection of cars. For example you can see cars of most famous argentinian car drivers, for example Mercedes Benz of Fangio. I recommend to visit this museo during car races in the circuit.

3. Plaza Libertad

Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Excellent
40%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 114 reviews

Plaza Libertad

Reviewed By Janet G - Sydney, Australia

Plaza Libertad has recently undergone a face lift. Previously a predictable small city central plaza it has been transformed into an attractive pedestrian walkway where locals meet to chat about politics or gossip.... a favorite pastime of all Argentines. The tree covered square is lined with coffee shops, on one side the Cathedral, on another the Cultural Centre and in the middle an old fashioned bandstand where oftimes there are musical Performances.

4. Forum

Av. Roca y rival avia, Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Forum

Reviewed By Janet G - Sydney, Australia

The Forum in Santiago del Estero used to be the main railway station in the days when trains were the mode of transport. Originally built by the English it stood abandoned long after the railway lines had been torn up for scrap metal and the sleepers recycled as fence posts. Today there isn't much left of the original station which has been turned into a convention centre. There is a stylish well furnished coffee shop inside where, even if you're not waiting for a train, you can get refreshments.

5. Reserva Natural Tara Inti

Av Costanera del Rio Dulce Nodo 4, Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina
Excellent
25%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 236 reviews

Reserva Natural Tara Inti

Reviewed By dyentel - Cordoba, Argentina

A short visit (no longer than 1 or 2 hs), well explained by the park guards will let you get in touch with the local flora and fauna (there are a couple of birdwatching stations that are great). No cons.

6. Iglesia Catedral Basilica

Calle 24 de Septiembre No 55 | Entre calle Libertad y Avellaneda, Santiago del Estero G4200AJA, Argentina
Excellent
47%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Iglesia Catedral Basilica

Reviewed By Janet G - Sydney, Australia

Over the years I have watched with great interest the renovation of the paint work in the interior of the Cathedral. It is now finished, is a tremendous improvement and the artist is to be complimented on a job well done. Inside is a cool respite from the over forty degree temperatures outside. Sit and contemplate.

7. Represa Rio Hondo

Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina
Excellent
23%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 514 reviews

Represa Rio Hondo

Reviewed By RMartinSDXB - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This little dam creates a lot of hot Springs and thermal water around the area that a lot of hotels used to promote tourism. In the dam there is no much to see rather than water and some bird species that live in the area. Its a nice place for a stopover of a few minutes and then continue your trip.

8. Casino Del Sol - Termas de Rio Hondo

Juan Bautista Alberdi 340, Termas de Rio Hondo 4200, Argentina +54 3858 42-5000
Excellent
16%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 206 reviews

Casino Del Sol - Termas de Rio Hondo

Reviewed By Matias M - Monte Grande, Argentina

La primera noche el hotel manda a sus clientes aca, sera que los incitan a jugar o para que conozcan. Ingresamos solo a cenar con la pulsera all inclusive que nos dio el hotel, y eso fue todo.
La comida correcta, la atencion podria mejorar.

9. Dique y Embalse de Termas de Rio Hondo

Ruta Provincial 333, Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina +54 9 3858 49-4656
Excellent
14%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Dique y Embalse de Termas de Rio Hondo

Reviewed By KaitoLomasdelMirador - Ramos Mejia, Argentina

La opinión está referida exclusivamente al espejo de agua que forma el embalse, no a la represa en si misma. Accediendo por la entrada sobre la ruta al recreo se puede aprovechar para hacer una caminata, hay mesas y sillas para tomar mate e incluso para pasar el día si se quiere hacer un asado.

10. Complejo Juan Felipe Ibarra

Avenida Belgrano y 9 de julio, Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Complejo Juan Felipe Ibarra

Reviewed By Janet G - Sydney, Australia

This large recently completed office complex is an interesting addition to the skyline of the poorest Province of Argentina. Built to house in air conditioned comfort the elite few, the twin towers have developed an inclination of late, attributed in all probability to the fact that the building is on sand and the water table is only three meters below. In years to come it may rival the leaning tower of Pisa as a tourist destination and really put this struggling city "on the map".

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