Welcome to Jesús María
Sleepy little Jesús María earns its place on the map by being home to one of the most atmospheric Jesuit estancias (ranches) in the region – the Unesco-listed Museo Jesuítico Nacional de Jesús María. The church and convent were built in 1618 and are set on superbly landscaped grounds. The Jesuits, after losing their operating capital to pirates off the Brazilian coast, sold wine they made here to support their university in colonial Córdoba. The museum has good archaeological pieces from indigenous groups throughout Argentina, informative maps of the missionary trajectory and well-restored (though dubiously authentic) rooms.
Jesús María is also home to the annual Fiesta Nacional de Doma y Folklore, a 10-day celebration of gaucho horsemanship and customs beginning the first weekend of January.