These immense green, mostly flat plains, lately partially flooded area of the pampas, Argentina´s
agricultural heartland and the home of the gaucho. The area covers the provinces of Buenos Aires and most of La Pampa, and the southern parts of Santa Fe and Cordoba.
BUENOS AIRES Argentina´s capital and largest city is a world class sophisticated city, located in the province of the same
name. Main attractions beyond suburban Buenos Aires city lines are:
The city of La Plata, (59 kms from Buenos Aires) with its University, is the capital of the Province of Buenos Aires, also called a garden
city for its squares and parks lined with different species of trees. Important points are the neogothic
refurbished, the Astronomical Observatory and the Natural
Science Museum, with one of the world´s most important paleonthological collections, and also the nearby Kids Republic with a reproduction of a city in
miniature inspired in Andersen´s and Grimm´s tales.
The estancias , comfortable and peaceful residences show typical Argentine farming activities and exhibitions of gaucho skills and offer tasting Argentine typical barbecues. But if what you pursue is savouring really pristine authentic farm activity (not only that for
tourists) you will have to choose those places farthest from BA city. If you
plan to be in Buenos Aires in November do not miss the exciting gaucho
parades held in San Antonio de Areco (115 kms from BA) for the Fiesta de
la Tradición on 10th Nov (make reservations in time) , where the most
genuine gaucho atmosphere has been preserved, with its museum and
The Delta is an ideal option for short
nature outings with its with sailing tours from Tigre along the Paraná river and its islands covered with lush vegetation and
populated varied fauna (if no time for the Delta, I recommend visiting
the BA city Reserva Ecologica to get an idea about the Delta´s riches. And also San Isidro and Acassuso (Refugio Natural Educativo de la Ribera Norte) reserves. Bird lovers do not miss them.
Relatively close to Buenos Aires there
are several lagoons Chascomus, Lobos, Junin and Monte (during summer swallows southern homeland) mostly catering for domestic
Hilly areas lies in the central part and you can go
hiking and horse riding along the Sierras of Tandil and La Ventana
In coastal tourist centers the
outstanding city is Mar del Plata, the natural capital of the coast (404 kms from Buenos Aires - 8 kms of beaches) and the country´s
main fishing port, more exclusive Atlantic bathing spas
are Cariló and Pinamar. (see under The Coast)
Carmen de Patagones in the extreme
south is Buenos Aires door to Patagonia.
LA PAMPA (143.440 km2) shares
with Buenos Aires the greener and richer portion of Argentina´s agricultural plains. Santa Rosa is its capital. 35 kms away is
the Luro Park provincial reserve with flamingos, sea gulls, parrots, partridges and foxes, American ostriches and woods of caldenes. This is
the place where Pedro Olegario Luro bult the largest haunt reserve
in the world in the middle of the pampean mount. The old part of
town has been turned into a regional museum. From Santa Rosa you
can get to the Lilhué Calel National Park, with dense wildlife including
puma, guanaco, rhea, native hares and a variety of wild chinchilla
called "vizcacha". . and typical flora of the steppes.
CORDOBA, 710 kms from Buenos Aires, is Argentina´s second city and one of
the oldest (Santiago del Estero being the oldest, founded in 1553) in
this part of the continent, and first Argentinian university city. This modern and vital city has preserved its historic center with churches convents and mansoins form 17th to 19th centuries. The Cathedral, the Jesuit administrative quarters, the Santa Teresa and Santa Catalina convents, the Marquis of Sobremonte´s residence and others. The "Block of Enlightment" extending into the Camino de las Estancias (The road of the Jesuit
beautiful Santa Catalina Jesuit ranch chapel and the church of St Isidore at Jesus Maria in northern Cordoba, have recently been included in the list of the World Heritage by the Unesco.
SANTA FE, 475 kms from Buenos Aires) was the
birthplace of Argentine constitution (1853). Its main attractions are
its historical monuments. The Convent of San Francisco, The Cathedral,
The Church of La Merced, several old houses, the Santo Domingo Church,
the Government House. In Rosario, one of the main industrial cities in the country, has the National monument to
the Flag, and the pioneering Universidad Nacional de Educacion a distancia (Distance Education)..