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Argentina as you’ve never seen it before! Search for cheap air tickets to La Rioja if you love nature, history and.. pre-history! Endless fields of red sand, desert everywhere and, here and there, a small refreshing oasis, exactly what one would need after a long hike in the desert. But La Rioja is not just about sand and desert; keep going and you’ll come across a beautiful city with restored colonial architecture making up an impressive skyline, full of museums, galleries and cultural centres. La Rioja represents one fine example of the combination of local tradition, adventure and serenity, topped with a pinch of Wild West folklore! Cheap hotels in La Rioja are easy to be found, so all you have to do is book your flights, sort your accommodation and get ready for the adventure of your life!
Surrounded by the impressive Sierra de Velasco mountain range, La Rioja was founded in 1591 and has since been retaining its old colonial style and charm.
La Rioja is famous for three things: Citrus cultivation, unbearable heat and the Valle de la Luna prehistoric national park!
La Rioja may not be so popular a tourist destination, yet is worth both your time and money, especially if you are interested in seeing a different view of Argentina.
La Rioja’s nature, adventurous spirit, people and delicious food are already enough to lead you to this Argentinian destination – and once you discover this hidden gem, you will never regret it!
La Rioja’s airport (Aeropuerto de La Rioja - Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid) is located 6 kilometres northeast of the city centre and can be reached by bus and taxi.
Getting around La Rioja
La Rioja’s public transportation network consists of buses. Fares start at 1.00 ARS and minimum taxi fare costs 13.00 ΑRS.
La Rioja Guide
Your exploration of La Rioja begins at the city’s two main landmarks:
- The Convento de Santo Domingo dates back to 1623 and is considered as one of Argentina’s oldest religious buildings, a monument honouring the natives that built it.
Contrary to the usual Spanish practices of building with brick, the convent was made solely by stone and is beautifully decorated with elegant carvings.
- La Rioja Cathedral (Catedral) is the monumental neo-Byzantine church that dominates the city’s skyline. Built in 1899, the Cathedral is a pilgrimage site, popular to every local of the city and the surrounding areas; it is the home of the allegedly miraculous icon of San Nicolás de Bari.
Continue to some of the museums of La Rioja well worthy of your attention:
- The Folklore Museum (Museo Folklórico) focuses on the different aspects of everyday life in La Rioja, ranging from local music (chaya) and traditional costumes, to weaving and wine-making techniques and methods.
- The Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes) is a fine example of a recent attempt to restore La Rioja's historic buildings, in order for them to serve the general cultural growth. This is an interesting museum with collections of artwork, historical documents, artefacts and photographs.
Finally, you cannot leave La Rioja without visiting the Valle de la Luna National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Excavations within the area of the park resulted in the discovery of more than 63 different kinds of fossils, proved to belong to dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures that inhabited the park millions of years ago!La Rioja’s official language is Spanish.
To travel to Argentina, you need a passport with validity extending 6 months after your travel dates. Greek citizens do not need a tourist Visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days.
When to Go
La Rioja has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons:
Spring (September - November) is cool and dry, summer (November – March) is hot and humid, autumn (March - May) is cooler with humidity dropping and in winter (May – September) humidity levels rise again, while temperatures drop, but don’t reach freezing points.
Generally, you can safely visit La Rioja all-year-round, provided you have planned your itinerary accordingly.