Santa Catalina

Estancia in The Central Sierras

One of the most beautiful of the Sierras' Unesco World Heritage Sites, the Jesuit estancia (ranch) of Santa Catalina, some 20km northwest of Jesús María, is a quiet, tiny place, where the village store occupies part of the estancia, and old-timers sit on the benches outside and watch the occasional gaucho ride past on a horse. Much of the estancia is off-limits to visitors but you can take in the chapel, cloisters and novitiate, where unmarried slave girls were housed.