Getting to Know Santa Fe

We believe that Santa Fe in particular offers a quiet and familiar atmosphere for foreign students to feel comfortable and thus develop their studies of Spanish by practicing it daily in a friendly environment. Our country, in addition to its geographic and climatic diversity, constitutes a suitable setting to learn Spanish.

To complement Spanish Programs as Foreign Language we organize different activities: city tours, rural and religious tours, visits to museums, outings to cinemas, theatres and concerts, tango and salsa lessons, among other cultural and recreational options.

 
  Excursions throughout Argentina

OPTIONAL TRIPS
Our institution also offers our students the possibility to travel around Argentina, to the following destinations: Calafate (Glaciar Perito Moreno), Ushuaia (the southernmost city in the world), Iguazú Falls, Bariloche (ski centre), Mendoza (vineyards), Puerto Madryn (whale sightings), Mar del Plata (traditional seaside resort), and Córdoba (hills and lakes), among others.

Each trip or excursion is preceded by a historical and linguistic preparation.

Why Argentina ?
According to Lonely Planet, the well-known travel magazine, Argentina holds the first position on the list of International destinations this year. The editor recommends our "fabulous culture, food and wine".

Patagonia
The Andes Mountain Range exhibits its splendour in the provinces belonging to the region called "Patagonia". Millenarian and quiet woods of native vegetation extend silently, surrounding still water bodies. On the mountain tops nature abounds in granite and ice fields that render their glaciers into lakes of a unique beauty.
Following their natural seasonal cycle, mammals and sea birds arrive to Patagonian coasts. Colonies of sea lions inhabit islands and continental coasts. The most important continental settlement of southern sea elephants is found on the Valdez Peninsula, the same place to which southern right whales arrive for mating (Nuevo and San José Gulfs). Patagonian mares, ostriches and guanacos inhabit the semi-arid grass-covered plains. Punta Tombo is the home of the largest colony of Magellan penguins in the planet.
Further south, the province of Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, constitute an open gate to the huge and mysterious Antarctica (or Antártida as it is known in Spanish).
To obtain further information you can access the interactive map designed by the Department of Tourism (Secretaría de Turismo).

Pampa Plains
Our pampas are one of the richest areas of Argentina. Our gauchos (horseback riders) and traditions were born here. Our "estancias" or ranches, which are of an outstanding architecture, were built in diverse styles, namely Hispanic-American Colonial, English Tudor, or classical French style. Many of these ranches have been adapted as lodgings for tourists. Córdoba hills emerge towards the northeast, with the Champaquí Peak reaching 2.790 m in height. Fertile valleys, deserts, and salt mines accord the scenery its special attraction.
Chapels and ranches built during the XVII-XVIII centuries appear scattered here and there, on the way to the north; many of them are the legacy of the Jesuit Order.

Cuyo
Cuyo -the land of deserts in the language of aborigines- is the region of the high peaked, snow-freckled volcanoes, and long paths from the Andes and the pre-mountain range to the steppe plains. A visit to Ischigualasto - Talampaya Natural Parks (Natural Patrimony of Humankind) is a real trip back to the time of the dinosaurs'. Ischigualasto, also called "Valle de la Luna" (The Valley of the Moon) because of the amazing shapes and colours of its landscape carved by erosion, is one of the most important palaeontological sites of the world. The Canyon of Talampaya River amazes tourists with the countless folds exhibited by its high reddish walls. Pink flamingos, ducks, vicuñas and guanacos coexist in freedom in parks and natural reserves, well below the majestic soaring flight of condors.
This region shows the splendour of Central Andes. Aconcagua Peak (6959 m.), the maximum height of the western hemisphere is found here. An icy white blanket covers the incredible slopes of this mountain range, visited by skiers from all latitudes.

In La Rioja, Mendoza and San Juan valleys visitors ride along the wine route through vine leaves, country farms and wine cellars. Our wines have achieved a well-deserved international recognition.

Littoral Region
This is the region of large broad Rivers, wet tropical areas, red soil, and a virgin jungle of giant trees and extraordinary flora and fauna.
'Iguazú' -meaning Great Waters in Guaraní language- is a natural noisy overflow constituting one of the World's Wonders: the Iguazú Falls. The region offers a vast natural setting of exuberant beauty extending over Iguazú National Park, Moconá Falls, Pilcomayo River National Park, El Palmar National Park, Iberá Marshes and the plains in Chaco.
The Jesuit Ruins found in Misiones were declared the Natural Patrimony of Humankind by UNESCO. They are the living testimony of the Society of Jesus' work in the area.