The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Parana, Argentina

Catedral de Parana
Catedral de Parana | © Mauriciocaminos/Wikipedia
Harry Stewart

Nestled on the eastern banks of the mighty Parana River, this bustling port city attracts more traders than travelers. Nevertheless, for tourists determined to get off the gringo trail, Parana offers a fascinating insight into an aspect of Argentine life rarely seen by the international crowd. Here’s what to see and do in town.

1. Tunel Subfluvial Parana - Santa Fe

Travelers who make it to Parana are almost certainly coming to or from Santa Fe. And what better way to get between the two than on the country’s longest underground tunnel? Built back in 1969, its construction was an awe-inspiring feat of engineering at the time.

Tunel Subfluvial Parana – Santa Fe, RN168 80, Paraná, Entre Ríos, Argentina +54 343 420-0400

Tunel Subfluvial | © Grafica S.A./Wikipedia

2. Parque Urquiza

Straddling the Parana River, this expansive park is a superb spot to relax at and people watch on a warm day. Expect to come across plenty of lush vegetation as you stroll along its numerous trails which pass restaurants, sports clubs, and a bustling skate park.
Corazón del Parque Urquiza, Parana, Entre Rios, Argentina

Parque Urquiza | © Maximiliano Kolus/Flickr

3. Thomspon Beach

This surprisingly attractive stretch of sand is a fun place to hang out at on a hot summer’s day as hordes of locals descend here to swim, sunbathe, or play a spot of beach volleyball. Numerous beachfront restaurants provide punters with deliciously fresh barbequed fish.
Playa Del Thompson, Parana, Entre Rios, Argentina

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5. Catedral de Parana

Cathedral, Church

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© Mauriciocaminos/Wikipedia

As the city’s most important Catholic church, the twin steeples of the Catedral de Parana that tower over the main square are a much loved local landmark. The interior isn’t that impressive, so most travelers prefer to admire the structure from the plaza.

Catedral de Parana, Su Santidad Francisco 51, Paraná, Entre Ríos, Argentina +54 343 431-1441

Catedral de Parana | © Mauriciocaminos/Wikipedia

6. Provincial Natural Science and Anthropology Museum

Museum

A decent collection of taxidermied local wildlife specimens can be found in this downtown museum, as well as some displays outlining the unique culture of the region. It probably could use some renovations, but the staff certainly do their best with what they’ve got.

7. Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Cathedral, Church, Gym

To the southeast of the cathedral lies Parana’s second most important church, the beautiful yet straightforward Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. It overlooks the pleasant Plaza Sáenz Peña which is often full of locals walking their dogs or battling away at an outdoor gym.

Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Enrique Carbó 461, Paraná, Entre Ríos, Argentina +54 343 431-2741
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8. Parque Nacional Pre-Delta

Park

About an hour south of town lies Parque Nacional Pre-Delta, one of the region’s most pristine nature reserves. With several trails winding their way past lagoons and through birdlife rich vegetation, it’s an idyllic spot to walk, run, or cycle. Keep an eye out for the enormous waterlilies.

Parque Nacional Pre Delta, Acceso Parque Nacional Pre-Delta, Entre Ríos, Argentina +54 343 498-3535
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9. Provincial Museum and Craft Market

Museum

Artisan bag
© Beatrice Murch/Flickr
Those looking to pick up some souvenirs should head to the Museo y Mercado Provincial de Artesanias, a small colonial-style artisanal market with an attractive exterior facade. Inside, expect to find a plethora of ponchos, instruments, textile art, paintings, and pottery, all for very reasonable prices.

10. Martiniano Leguizamon Provincial History Museum

Museum

History buffs should check out this provincial history museum which boasts a sizable collection of historical artifacts from the region. Entry is free although you won’t find much information in English.
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