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Catamarca


Wines from this region

Introduction

Catamarca province is located in the Norwest of Argentina, between 25º 12’ and 30º 04’ South latitudes and 69º 03’ and 64 º 58’ West longitudes. It borders on Salta province to the North, on Tucumán and Santiago del Estero provinces to the East, on Córdoba and La Rioja provinces to the South and on Chile through the Andes Mountains to the West. The word Catamarca means “stronghold on the hillside” in Quichua language, which makes reference to its geographical situation. The city was first founded in 1558.

Catamarca is a traditional tourist city, which displays an important business activity and an active cultural movement. The local pottery, metal and stone pieces illustrate through art the myths and customs that the ancient inhabitants of this land developed throughout thousands of years. Moreover, the capital city, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, has numerous squares, museums and historic buildings such as the Government House, the Court, and the traditional School for Girls. The combination of native legacy and colonial past creates a valuable local heritage. In Catamarca, religious tradition is conjugated with the dazzling landscapes of valleys and mountains. Moreover, the pagan rituals to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Catholic Cult to Virgen del Valle (the Virgin of the Valley) coexist harmoniously. “La Gruta” is the place where the history of devotion for Nuestra Señora del Valle began. This site is an important tourist attraction, along with San Francisco Temple, the house where Fray Mamerto Esquiú was born, San Isidro Church and Nuestra Señora del Rosario Chapel.

General Information

DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

Surface: 100.967 km²
Population: 332.390 inhabitants (aprox)
Meters above sea level: 542
Business hours: from 8 am to 1 pm and from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Area code: 54 – 3833
International Airport: “Coronel Felipe Varela” – Ruta 33 – Km 22 Valle Viejo – Tel: 0 54 3833 430080
Bus Terminal: Av. Güemes 881 (between Tucumán and Vicario Segura streets) – Capital – Tel: 3833 437578

Tourism Calendar

January
Yokavil Queen Festival – Santa María
Quince Festival – Ambato
Grape Harvest Festival – Tinogasta
Silverside Fishing Festival – Fray M. Esquiú
Andalgalá Fort Festival – Andalgalá
Folklore and Taming Festival – Aconquija
Miracle Festival – Pomán
Orange Festival – Santa Rosa
Arrope (Grape Syrup) Festival – El Alto
Provincial Pepper Festival – Paclín
Cumin Festival – Tinogasta
Farmers Festival – La Paz
Walnut Growers Festival – Belén

February
Pumpkin Festival – Balcosna
Carnival Celebration – Belén
Goat Festival – La Paz
Moon and Cardón (cactus) Festival – Pomán
Celebration in honor of Virgen Candelaria – Tinogasta
Brandy Festival – Valle Viejo

March
Puna Festival – Antofagasta de la Sierra
Celebration in honor of San José – Capayán

April
American First Nations Day – Valle Viejo
Celebration in honor of the Virgin of the Valley – Capital

May
Niquixao Celebration – Ambato

June
Celebration in honor of Santa Ana – Capayán
Celebration in honor of San Juan Bautista, patron saint of Catamarca

July
National and International Poncho Festival – Capital
Catamarca Foundation Day – Capital

August
Celebration in honor of San Roque – Capital, Tinogasta, Paclín
Pachamama (Mother Earth) Festival

September
National Mountaineers Meeting – Pomán
Spring Fest – San Antonio
Celebration in honor of the Virgin of Mercy- Paclín

October
Agriculture and Cattle Crafts Exhibition – Paclín

November
Capital Tradition Festival – La Merced

December
Folklore and Taming Festival – Valle Viejo
Celebration in honor of the Virgin of the Valley – Capital

Grape and Wine Production

In the Central Region, the economic activities are diversified. An important industrial parks and the development of large farming and mining projects stand out. In the Eastern region, flatland and dry land agriculture predominate, as well as an important cattle industry, mainly involving goats. The economic activity of the Andean region is centered around the production and processing of camelidae and sheep wool with artisan techniques. Nevertheless, important mining activities are starting to be developed. Finally, in the Calchaquí area there are mainly agricultural activities such as grape, nut and spices growing, as well as wine, textile and jam production. Moreover, the region is to become the major development engine in the province and one of the most important at the national level, due to the exploitation of large mining deposits.