Santiago del Estero
Santiago del Estero has a special presence in Argentine history. Its homonymous capital city was founded 455 years ago, and its cultural identity is deeply rooted in traditional folkloric song and dance – a fusion between the Spanish, indigenous and even African heritage.
Due to its remoteness and rugged and adventurous terrain, the province is ideal for outdoor extreme sports. It even hosted part of the Dakar Rally 2016. While known for being traditional, the province has openly embraced the twentyfirst century, having launched the El Jume wind park – the first renewable energy project in the north of Argentina.
- Population: 958,000
- Area: 136,351 km²
- Capital: Santiago del Estero
- Top export: Corn
The Río Hondo hot springs are one of the most popular spa destinations in the country.
Villa La Punta is nestled amid the Gusayán Sierra and its valleys, and is an ideal location for trekking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
El Copo National Park spans 118,000 hectares, and is home to three endangered species: the South American jaguar, the giant armadillo and the Chacoan peccary.