The northeastern province of Chaco is a productive agricultural region and has a rich cultural history. It was one of the first in Argentina to officially recognize the languages of its indigenous peoples: the qom, the wichi and the mocovi.
Although cotton production has been Chaco’s traditional economic activity, the province is starting to diversify its economy, investing in biotechnology centres and industrial parks. Investors are benefiting from Chaco’s proximity to the bi-oceanic corridor currently under development between Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
- Population: 1.1 million
- Area: 99,633 km²
- Capital: Resistencia
- Top export: Grains
Officially established in 2017, El Impenetrable National Park is Chaco’s largest eco-tourism venture. The park includes 130,000 hectares of protected land and is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including the jaguar. The park will be part of the new green corridor initiative promoting ecotourism in the north east of Argentina.
Cerrito Island is a great fishing spot, especially for the large dorado fish. Anglers from around the country flock to the annual Fiesta del Dorado.
The hot springs in the city of Presidente Roque Sáenz Peña are thought to produce some of the most rejuvenative waters in the country.