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The province of the imposing Talampaya National Park also presents an enotourist circuit to discover the test and flavor of an authentic Argentine variety: the Torrontés.

La Rioja’s Wine Route invites visitors to discover the fruit flavor of a flower scented wine, accompanied by Arauco’s exquisite olives, strong goat-milk cheese and delicious nuts. The most important wine-making zone is located between Famatina and Velasco hills, at Chilecito’s Department, concentrating 70% of the provincial production. There, the arid mountain terrains get plenty of the desert’s generous sun thus producing grapes that will give birth to the Province’s identification card: La Rioja’s Torrontés Wine. 

La Rioja’s grapes grow on a land that was the birthplace of “caudillos” (Latin American warlords), brave warriors that gave their lives for the country’s freedom. The same land that hosted dinosaurs, millions of years later staged a world of brave native populations. A land surrounded by snow-covered peak volcanoes outstands for its magnificent Laguna Brava while the majestic condor watches from the altitude.

Tourist proposals include visits to native populations’ towns and archaeological sites that combine history of the Aguada culture (at Hualco) with the possibility of practicing wind-sports like landyachting and kitebuggy at Vientos del Señor. The Capital City becomes a must in February, when carnival paints the city in white and green, following the traditions of its native predecessors.

 

La Rioja, at 360 miles from Mendoza and 106 from San Juan, limits at the North with Catarmarca, at the East with Córdoba, at the South with San Luis and at the West with Chile. The city’s airport receives direct flights from Buenos Aires –709 miles distant.

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