"Magnificence in the "middle of nowhere"" Santa Fe by Assenczo

Santa Fe Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 32 photos

Watching the time pass by

Santa Fe sounds so exotic (no matter where it is located actually) that I had to visit. In general, this is a typical "provincial" city with the will to outdo itself and claim a place of significant importance. After the gloomy Residencia and the not-so-well-to-do Corrientes, this was a fresh breeze. Despite the fact that all signs indicated that there were no tourists and hence no need for relevant infrastructure, the city was full of venues for the curious to find and explore. Starting with the spotless bus station, impeccable tourist info service and followed by one of the best hotel experiences in the shape of comfort and value, Santa Fe was offering pleasant surprises one after the other. When you really understand that this is not your touristy piece of cake is when you try to change travelers’checks. City Bank, the almighty, and its staff took practically an hour to perform this service. Apparently, there were no reasons to master this sort of transactions.

The leisurely pace of the town gradually seeps into your veins and you succumb by slowing the pace and enjoying simple things such as shoe-polishing session in the middle of outdoor restaurant setting. I do not think they do sneakers though. Once you are over this fact, you will see that your old shoes have been rejuvenated to a condition they have never been since you bought them and ready to last for ever on your strenuous journeys.

I do not see a reason not to use Santa Fe as a stopover en route to Northern or Western Argentina, recharge your batteries (and the ones of your camera) and continue refreshed, physically and intellectually.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Non-touristy, hence "real" Argentina, for you to explore
  • Cons:Not enough McDonalds
  • In a nutshell:Influenced by porteno culture but conserved the old Spanish colonial look
  • Last visit to Santa Fe: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 5, 2005
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  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Nice description of Santa Fe. I don't think we stayed long enough to get to know it well enough but it was a nice place to visit for a day.

  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2007 at 2:26 AM

    wow !! one of the best intro pages !! really honest !!

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2005 at 8:19 AM

    I love places that are in the middle of nowhere, have inexpensive hotels and aren't touristy. This place sounds perfect!

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