Top Choice Carnival in La Rioja

La Chaya

The local variant of Carnaval. Its name, derived from a Quechua word meaning ‘to get someone wet,’ should give you an idea of what to expect. In other words, welcome to the biggest and most joyous water fight in Sou…
Religious in Catamarca

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Valle

The Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Valle takes place for two weeks after Easter, as hordes of pilgrims come to honor the Virgen del Valle and lead her on a procession through town. On her saint’s day, December 8, she …
Cultural in Catamarca

Fiesta Nacional del Poncho

This celebration of handicrafts and traditional Catamarca culture brings a huge artisanal market, plenty of folklórico performers and an excellent atmosphere.
Cultural in La Rioja

El Tinkunaco

This December 31 ceremony reenacts friar Francisco Solano’s mediation between the Diaguitas and the Spaniards in 1593. When accepting peace, the Diaguitas imposed two conditions: resignation of the Spanish mayor and…