The Capital city is San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, but we recommend not stay just in the proper city. It is better to go also to the town: Valle Viejo, this town includes: Villa Dolores and Fray Mamerto Esquiu neighborhoods, at about 15 km from the capital.
In these places you will be surrounded by indigenous nature, native vegetation and thousands of typical birds, near other places where you can take a guided tour or go trekking.
The capital city is placed between two chains of mountains range: The Ambato and the Ancasti. This confers a unique and an absolutely different atmosphere. This place is surrounded by “acequias” (irrigation ditches) of a fresh and pure water.
In Valle Viejo you can visit a part of the “Camino Real”, the ancient comercial connection with Buenos Aires, there you can find the ruins of the first sugar mill in the region. You will also find ancient churches like El Señor de los Milagros, San José and Nuestra Señora del Rosario.
There is a beautiful road that you can roam taking the Provincial Route. Across this road you can visit either Villa Dolores´s town or the Reservoir of Pirquitas. At the reservoir you can do any kind of water sport or birdwatching.
In this trip, you must visit the Portezuelo Slope. This is an exciting and awesome zigzag and climbing road. When you reach the top, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the valley, surrounded by the flight of Andes´ Condors, at 1600 meters high.