The city in where Argentina’s first constitution was ratified in 1853 houses many colonial buildings and interesting museums that hold the elements to reconstruct the history of the region. Santa Fe keeps its identity linked to its historic sites, and invites travelers from all walks of life to admire its quaint waterfront walkways and its charming city.
With a fantastic gastronomic scene and offering great accommodations, Santa Fe welcomes those who are eager to embrace its culture and keen on exploring its alluring charisma. These are the best nine activities for a fantastic trip to Santa Fe.
1 - Reserva Ecológica Ciudad Universitaria (UNL's Eco Reserve)
Under the orbit of the Litoral University, the Reserva Ecológica Ciudad Universitaria (UNL’s Eco Reserve) is the perfect space for a day out. It was created in 1998 and houses local flora and fauna, like water birds, fish and some mammals and reptiles. Besides the scientific research and teaching activities conducted by the University, this 12 hectares area welcomes people who enjoy nature and like to go to the reserve for walks o a picnic. The opening hours for the public are from Wenesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 17:30. It’s a good idea to pack bug repellent if you want to go, and add sun screen, lots of water and other elements to prevent the heat if you plan to go in the summer months.
Reserva Ecológica Ciudad Universitaria
Address: Costanera Este, Santa Fe, Argentina
2 - Puente Colgante de Santa Fe (Suspended Bridge of Santa Fe)
The indisputable landmark of the city is the suspended bridge of Santa Fe, the Puente Colgante de Santa Fe. It’s main purpose is to allow locals to from the West to reach the East shore of the Setúbal Lagoon, this bridge is especially useful for the many students that attend the Litoral University Campus. However, it is also a place where events and different celebrations take place. After three failed attempts to have a bridge built in the space, one that includes a massive flood that still remains in the memory of the locals, this majestic engineering wonder stands proudly at 300 meters long, weighing in at 3000 tons. It can be crossed on foot and has a lane dedicated for cyclists as well.
Puente Colgante de Santa Fe (Suspended Bridge of Santa Fe)
Address: Puente Colgante Ing. Marcial Candioti, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: Puente Colgante de Santa Fe (Spanish)
3 - Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales Florentino Ameghino (Provincial Museum of Natural Sciences Florentino Ameghino)
Calco de cráneo de Phorusrhacos longissimus que lleva el número C 37. Se trata de un ave prehistórica que habitó la Patagonia, y el original procede de Santa Cruz.Posted by Museo Ameghino on Sunday, 26 June 2016
With over 100 years of history, the Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales Florentino Ameghino houses an interesting collection of items, like minerals and rocks or animal fossils. Steeped in history, this museum once belonged to the Jesuits - the Society of Jesus.
In addition to the scientist and researchers that approach the museum for academic reasons, the Florentino Ameghino also welcomes a large amount of visitors to enjoy the fascinating exhibits. Admission is free.
Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales Florentino Ameghino (Provincial Museum of Natural Sciences Florentino Ameghino)
Address: Primera Junta 2859, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales Florentino Ameghino (Spanish)
4 - Museo del Convento de San Francisco (San Francisco Convent Museum)
The San Francisco convent was built in 1680 and is one of the most beautiful and historically charming venues in the city. There is a museum open for visitors, but the main attraction is the church, which features religious art and a lovely wooden ceiling. The gardens that surround the building are worth a visit as well. It is a wonderful opportunity to see a fantastic example of colonial architecture.
Museo del Convento de San Francisco (San Francisco Convent Museum)
Address: San Martín and Amenabar, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: Museo del Convento de San Francisco (Spanish)
5 - Museo Ferroviario Regionale de Santa Fe (Regional Santa Fe Railway Museum)
Are you ready to travel back in time? The Museo Ferroviario Regionale de Santa Fe is a private institution that tells the story of the railway in Argentina. It is located in a historic house called “Casa Hüme”, which has a tunnel connecting to the old train station. Visitors can go though the nine exhibit rooms that feature old photographs and maps, model train and items from the last century. The museum is in business thanks to the efforts of old train workers that saved many items from destruction. The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Museo Ferroviario Regional (Regional Railway Museum)
Address:San Luis 2900, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: Museo Ferroviario Regional
6 - Cervecería Santa Fe (Santa Fe Brewery)
The city of Santa Fe takes great pride in one of its oldest traditions: brewing good beer. Thanks to the German and Swiss immigrants that came to a region with a hotter climate and good water, the industry flourished. Cervecería Santa Fe has over 100 years of experience in producing beer. You can book a visit the original house and join a tour to learn more about the history of this industry in the area. Take your visit up a notch and enjoy a cold one on a hot day.
Cervecería Santa Fe (Santa Fe Brewery)
Address: Calchines 1401, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: Cervecería Santa Fe (Spanish)
7 - Museo Etnográfico y Colonial Juan de Garay (Ethnographic and Colonial Museum Juan de Garay)
The ancient story of the people in this region is recounted at the Museo Etnográfico y Colonial Juan de Garay. Here, you can learn all about the first settlers of the area, the first encounters of the Spanish explorers with the Aborigines and the colonial life. The museum was constructed in the 1950s and designed in a colonial style. It features different exhibits that can be viewed in a chronological order. Besides the many interesting items, visitors can also see the ceramics used by the Aborigines and a scale model of both original Santa Fe settlements.
Museo Etnográfico y Colonial Juan de Garay (Ethnographic and Colonial Museum Juan de Garay)
Address: 25 de mayo 1470, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: Museo Etnográfico y Colonial Juan de Garay (Spanish)
8 - Parque Juan de Garay (Juan de Garay Park)
La señal, ubicada en el cantero central del Parque, representa a los ríos Salado y Paraná, donde se puede ver la altura que alcanzaron en las inundaciones que sufrió nuestra ciudad.Posted by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Santa Fe on Thursday, 23 May 2013
Named after the founder of the city, the Juan de Garay Park is the principal green area of Santa Fe, comprising of 30 hectares. It features camping areas, fountains, playgrounds, and lakes with beautiful bridges and docks. Its design was inspired in the gardens and parks of the late XIX century and serves as a fantastic place to walk and take in the fresh air.
Parque Juan de Garay (Juan de Garay Park)
Address: Paraguay and Salvador Caputto, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: Parque Juan de Garay (Spanish)
9 - Parque Arqueológico Santa Fe La Vieja (Santa Fe La Vieja Archaeological Park)
Located 80 kilometers away from the city of Santa Fe, the Parque Arqueológico Santa Fe La Vieja is an archaeological site in which the remains of the first settlers of the city, who occupied the region in 1573, can be seen. It has two main areas with filled with ruins and a fabulous museum that houses restored pieces. The Parque Arqueológico Santa Fe La Vieja is the only one of its kind that holds the remains of its inhabitants.
Parque Arqueológico Santa Fe La Vieja (Santa Fe La Vieja Archaeological Park)
Address: Ruta Provincial Nº 1. Km 78, Cayastá, Santa Fe, Argentina
Website: Parque Arqueológico Santa Fe La Vieja (Spanish)
A city filled with historical splendors
Discover the soul of this wonderful city as you explore its many offerings. Bask in the subtropical climate of Santa Fe, as you chug down a cold beer whilst uncovering many of its museums, parks, and sites.
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