The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Santa Fe, Argentina

Photo of Harry Stewart
21 January 2018

Capital of the province by the same name, the seldom explored Argentine city of Santa Fe surprises travelers with its eclectic array of impressive attractions. From intriguing downtown museums to stunning colonial buildings and pristine natural waterways, here are the top 10 things to see and do in and around Santa Fe.

Granja La Esmeralda

One of the region’s finest zoos, this picturesque animal park to the north of town is renowned for its lush vegetation and an inspiring collection of native Argentine plus exotic Amazonian species. Tours through the enclosures and onsite botanical gardens are particularly popular with families.

Granja La Esmeralda, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Province, Argentina +54 342 457-9202

Santa Fe La Vieja Archaeological Park

History buffs will enjoy this important archeological site which was home to the original city of Santa Fe until it relocated some 50 kilometers (30 miles) south in the 1660s. Original constructions such as churches, plazas, the city hall, and a myriad of grandiose residences are on display to give visitors an insight into how folks lived during the early days of Spanish colonization.

Santa Fe La Vieja Archaeological Park, RP1 3001, Cayastá, Santa Fe, Argentina +54 3405 49-3056

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Santa Fe La Vieja | © Julieta Bonazza/Flickr

Bathing clubs

Given Santa Fe is sunny and warm pretty much all year round, it should come as no surprise that the locals are really into their swimming. Known locally as balnearios, these numerous bathing resorts are an excellent respite from the heat.