Catamarca

CATAMARCA PROVINCE

Catamarca is a province located in the Northeast of Argentina, bordering Salta to the North, Tucumán to the Northeast, Santiago del Estero to the East, La Rioja to the Southeast, Córdoba to the South, and Chile to the West. This is characteristically a mountainous region, with high elevations in the eastern part of the province. It can be divided into three major geological zones:

La Puna: in the northern part of the province with high elevations and mountainous regions, including the mountain range of Calalaste, salt flats and dormant volcanoes, such as the Antofallal Volcano.
La Cordillera Central: in the southeastern part of the province with high mountainous peaks such as Monte Pissis (6882 m), Ojos del Salado (6864 m) and Tres Cruces (6749 m).
Sierras Pameanas: the rest of the province consists of a series of rolling hills and fields. This region is also home to the Pinanaco Salt Flats.

By way of the Inca Trail:
Try to imagine a place where the voices of the land and of man sing the same song. Try to imagine this song of fertile lands, rocks, stones, water and sun. It is a song of adventure and mystery where the world of nature and the world of man collide. This is what you will find in Catamarca.
Catamarca’s landscapes offer uniquely vast and contrasting geographic elements. The East and North are categorized by mountain ranges and deep caverns that, in the blink of an eye, grow into wide valleys running alongside the peaks of the great Andes Mountain Range. To the Southeast, the rolling hills cover the landscape, where as in the Eastern region, these same hills lend to green pastures and fields. The marked differences between the area’s mountain peaks and gulleys make for breathtaking panoramic views.
Its capital, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, a year-round tourism hub, is a city that should be visited unhurried and unrushed to enjoy its colonial style to the fullest. You can still find old mansions with windows covered by iron bars de complicada tracería y recios portales que dejan entrever amplios patios de baldosas rojas. It is worth a visit to the city’s cathedral and to the Camarin of the Virgin of the Valley, patron saint of Northern Argentina. You also should not miss the notable museums in the city, such as the one created by and dedicated to Adam Quiroga, which holds a an important archeological collection.

The average annual temperature of Catamarca is 20.4º C (or 69º F).

Agricultural production is a large and important part of the economy of Catamarca. In particular, the province produces olives, olive oil, walnuts, regional wines, grapes, liquors, sweets, dried fruits, tomatoes, chilies, cotton, tobacco, citrus fruits, and a number of spices. The newly developed route to Chile through the Andes Mountains called El Paso Cordillerano de San Francisco, guarantees that agricultural commodities reach the Eastern and Pacific markets. Therefore, there is access to both external and internal trade markets.

In order to fully discover Catamarca, one must take the time to visit the land and to gain an understanding of the complex, intimate relationship between the land and its historic past. This is an historically, agriculturally and archeologically rich region that manages to maintain its customs and traditions of the past while taking the bold and necessary steps to move forward into its promising future.

 

CATAMARCA
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