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Stories and Tips Catamarca

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Shinkal Inca Ruins. Did you know that the Incas were here from 1480 to 1512?

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 17 Sep, 2007

There is very little information on the Shinkal ruins, that are probably the oldest Inca ruins in Argentina. The Inca Empire, that had started in year 1197 AD, penetrated in Argentina nearly three centuries later, coming down South as far as Mendoza in Argentina and…Read More


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Belen, Catamarca. Had you ever heard about this town?

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 17 Sep, 2007

I had never been in Central Catamarca, and there was very little information on the Internet about Belen and about the Inca Empire Shinkal ruins. This is surprising, since Londres, the nearest village, was the second Spanish settlement founded in what is today Argentina, before…Read More


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Catamarca, Cuesta del Portezuelo, El Jumeal, Pueblo Perdido...

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 17 Sep, 2007

I have been in Catamarca city a number of times, but always discover something new to see in this area nearly unknown by international tourists. Catamarca is probably the most religious province in Argentina. It was founded in the year 1607 and, therefore, is four…Read More


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The city of Belen (Catamarca) and its surrounding

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 03 Jul, 2007

I did not spend much time in this beautiful city, but enough to enjoy its main attractions. Belen has a population of some 12,000 inhabitants, some nice colonial buildings, a beautiful main square, and a lovely cathedral. It is a compact city, some…Read More


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El Rodeo, a beautiful tourist village founded in 1641

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 17 Sep, 2007

El Rodeo, Catamarca, was founded by the Spanish colonizers in 1643, and has always been a delightful tourist destination. I have been a couple of times there, and have really enjoyed this village crossed by some five lovely small rivers. It is still a small…Read More


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Catamarca city and its surrounding area

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 03 Jul, 2007

Catamarca is probably the most religious province in Argentina. It was founded in the year 1607 and, therefore, is four centuries old. As you may imagine, there are historical churches that you will enjoy visiting and other monuments, but I prefer to concentrate this…Read More


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El Rodeo, Catamarca

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 03 Jul, 2007

El Rodeo is the main tourist destination in the province of Catamarca. During the summer months, it is frequently visited by the inhabitants of the capital, and it has a beautiful setting. Temperature here is about 20°C lower than in the capital, where…Read More


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The Inca Empire Ruins at Shinkal, Catamarca

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 03 Jul, 2007

The Inca Empire, that had started in year 1197 AD, penetrated in Argentina nearly three centuries later, coming down South as far as Mendoza in Argentina and Santiago in Chile. Some of the present transandean crossings like Pircas Negras, at an altitude of 16,000 feet, were…Read More


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