Attractions

Top Choice Mountain in Western Catamarca

Los Seismiles

West of Fiambalá, the paved road winds through the high desert, past picturesque red rock escarpments known as the Quebrada Angosturas, and into some serious altitude, topping out at the Chilean border. It's a stunn…
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Talampaya

Parque Nacional Talampaya

The spectacular rock formations and canyons of this dusty desert national park are evidence of the erosive creativity of water. The sandstone cliffs are amazing, as are the distant surrounding mountainscapes. You mu…
Top Choice Museum in Chilecito

Museo del Cablecarril

This old cable-car station documents the extraordinary engineering and mining project that created modern Chilecito at the beginning of the 20th century. Yes, this town, like many in cowboy country the world over, w…
Top Choice Ruins in Londres & El Shincal

El Shincal

The Inca ruins of El Shincal are located 7km west of Londres. Founded in 1471, the town occupied a commanding position in the foothills of the mountains, surveying the vast valley to the south. The setting is specta…
Top Choice Cathedral in Catamarca

Catedral Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Valle

This 19th-century cathedral shelters the Virgen del Valle, patron saint of Catamarca and one of northern Argentina’s most venerated images. Her back is to the church: you can get a look at her face by ascending to t…
Top Choice Museum in Catamarca

Museo Arqueológico Adán Quiroga

This fine archaeological museum displays a superb collection of pre-Columbian ceramics from several different cultures and eras. Some pieces – particularly the black Aguada ceramics with their incised, stylized anim…
Top Choice Museum in La Rioja

Museo Folklórico

This worthwhile museum is set in a wonderful early 17th-century adobe building, and has fine regional cultural displays. Themes include chaya (local La Rioja music), the Tinkunaco festival, weaving and winemaking. T…
Dunes in Western Catamarca

Duna Magicá

A network of stunning, red and white sand dunes rises from the desert floor 15km north of Fiambalá. It's best to arrive in the early morning before the winds kick up, as they can turn a journey of mind-bending beaut…
Canyon in Parque Nacional Talampaya

Cañón de Talampaya

The focus of a visit to Parque Nacional Talampaya is this spectacular, (usually) dry watercourse bounded by sheer sandstone cliffs. Condors soar on thermals, and guanacos, rheas and maras can be seen in the shade of…
Natural Feature in Parque Nacional Talampaya

Ciudad Perdida & Cañón Arco Iris

In Parque Nacional Talampaya, accessed from the road 14km before reaching the main park entrance, these impressive formations are visited via guided 4WD tours, which wait to fill before departure (AR$300 to AR$500; …