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24 hours in the capital of La Rioja

Surrounded by the elegant peaks of the Sierra de Velasco, La Rioja is a spectacle on a sunny day. Go
La Rioja
La Rioja
| 19 February, 2020 |

There’s a lot to see, in this province of Northern Argentina. Summer temperatures rise in this quiet, secluded yet prosperous provincial capital dotted with palm trees. It’s a discreet place, but charming. If your destination is Salta Norte or Mendoza south we invite you to stop here 24 hours.

Folk Museum of La Rioja

This museum, which is worth knowing, is located in a wonderful adobe building from the early 17th century, and has excellent cultural and regional displays. The tradition of the people riojano is reflected in each of its rooms. Religiosity, represented with the Tinkunaco, which recalls the fusion of the original culture with the Spanish. There is also the mythology room that hosts each of the diaguite divinities. A living room dedicated to the kitchen where you can see the typical utensils with clay pots, wooden dishes. In addition, the show fabrics in the bedroom room and a cellar with the winepress (where pressed the vine), the still (for distilling) and all the necessary elements for the production of wines and other beverages.

Cathedral and Sanctuary of Saint Nicholas of Bari

The huge neo-Byzantine cathedral of 1899, with sober tones, contains the image of the patron saint Nicholas of Bari. It is an object of devotion both for the Riojaresidents and for the inhabitants of neighboring provinces.

Inca Huasi Museum

The city of La Rioja makes a great effort to rehabilitate old buildings for cultural purposes. The Inca Huasi Museum, is one of them, has one of the most valuable archaeological collections in the country. It has more than 50,000 pieces corresponding to the various native cultures that inhabited the region and is recognized, Argentine by UNESCO and the Organization of American States (OAS), as one of the most important and complete in the northwest.

Convent of San Francisco

The San Francisco order appeared in scene very early and began to be built here at the end of the XVI century. It poverty in materials for its original construction and then an earthquake made that the current building, like the Cathedral, is relatively new. It houses the image of the Infant Jesus Mayor, an icon of Christ Child symbolically recognized as the mayor of the city, dressed in magistrate’s tunics Spanish. There begins on January 31 the festival of Tinkunaco, where the image del Niño Mayor is taken to the meeting of St. Nicholas in the main square.

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