Top things to do

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…
Steak in Catamarca

Los Troncos

Deservedly popular with locals, this typical restaurant and parrillada offers a great opportunity to try traditional Catamarcan cuisine. Tasty tamales and empanadas are on offer, and meaty options include chivito an…
Parrilla in Catamarca

Salsa Criolla

It's worth the trek, just over 1km west of the center following Prado, to this high-class all-you-can-eat parrillada. It doesn’t try to stuff you with chorizo first like in some places – rather, it insists on tempti…
Spanish in Catamarca

Sociedad Española

The Spanish Society is always worth hunting down for traditional Spanish dishes, including seafood. It's a grand old place, worth the trek for some fine dining and formal service. It opens late for dinner, around 21…
Cathedral in Catamarca

Catedral Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Valle

This 19th-century cathedral shelters the Virgen del Valle, patron 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 the Cam…
Arts & Crafts in Catamarca

Mercado Artesanal y Fábrica de Alfombras

For Catamarca’s characteristic hand-tied rugs, visit this artisans market, which also sells ponchos, blankets, jewelry, red onyx sculptures, musical instruments and basketry. Adjacent is a carpet-weaving workshop, w…
Parrilla in Catamarca

El Rincón de Lucho

This popular parrilla east of the center gets lively on weekend evenings when there’s a live folklore show. Follow República eastwards then bear left after crossing the small river.
Cafe in Catamarca


The most inviting of the plaza’s terraces, this is named after the Italian architect who designed much of central Catamarca, including the cathedral alongside. The handsome interior is popular for a good line in piz…
Tapas in Catamarca

La Cueva del Santo

The patchy Catamarca dining scene is given a real boost by this sweet spot opposite the striking 19th-century hospital. It deals in authentic Spanish fare: the highlight are delicious Basque-style cold and hot pintx…
Italian in Catamarca

Sopra Tutto

Really excellent homemade pasta, beautifully presented and flavorsome, is produced in this warmly run, cozy corner trattoria that doubles as a pasta shop during the day. Service by the owners is attentive, and there…