In the highlands of the Andes, Catamarca has some of the highest vineyards in the world. It also produces citrus fruit liqueurs from tangerines, lemons and oranges, as well as distilled spirits from the Torrontés grape.
Catamarcan society is traditional, its values and pastimes reflected in its social calendar. One week before Easter, the capital city transforms in preparation for the famous Cabalgata de los Gauchos, a huge celebration of the Argentine gaucho and the gaucho way of life in honour of the Virgin of the Valley.
- Population: 404,000
- Area: 102,602 km²
- Capital: San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca
- Top export: Copper
Catamarca’s 55 km Adobe Route is a mountainous circuit dotted with small towns and churches built from adobe between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and banked by the many vineyards covering the ascent of the hills in the mountains.
For the more adventurous, the Saujil Sand Dunes offer the picturesque area for boarders to snake their way down.