Chilecito city

The Famatina  Valley Region


You will find in this site  information about Chilecito city  and the Famatina Valley Region.  





The Famatina Valley Region is situated in the north west of the Province of La Rioja, in Argentina. It is a vast region which includes two areas: the West, nearer to the Andes, known as the Bermejo Valley and the East which is called Antinaco-Los Colorados Valley.






Between the two valleys stands the Famatina mountain chain where the famous mining district of La Mejicana is situated at about 4,700 meters over sea level. 






Chilecito is the second city in importance in La Rioja Province and the most important of the Famatina Valley Region, situated in front of the stately Famatina Mountain.  








Chilecito and its etymology: drift of Chile that is as well Chill in voice AymarŠ that means "border of the world".










In reality, Chilecito is the Spanish small name of Chile applied by perhaps to have had the zone an important one Chilean establishment who came to set off the mine of the region.








Chilecito and all Famatina Valley  it offers many attractions to enjoy one stay in contact with nature. 








For nature lovers, it will be an opportunity to share their habitat with a rich fauna. For those who do it for the first time, it will be an wonderful experience.  







Condors, guanacos, pumas, foxes, and curious birds  are part of the fauna that inhabits the Valley, and you will be able to enjoy them in their own natural environment.







Many picturesque and small  towns in the region, only a few kilometres away where the warmth and hospitality of the people invite the tourist to stay longer. 










In  Autumn and Winter the climate of this region is very pleasant since there are only a few cold days.  














In most parts of this region you can practice different sports such as paragliding, trekking, mountain bike, horse-riding, motocross, mountaineering, etc. It is an ideal area for driving 4x4 vehicles.







There are many places for tourism to fulfill different tastes, such as adventure, rural, oenologist, geological, mining and religious. 













Close to the Famatina Valley, you can visit the National Park of Talampaya, which UNESCO has declared a Heritage of Humanity.













The canyon of the Talampaya River  is one of the most attractive national parks of Argentina. It has a surface of 215.000 hectares with fauna, flora and fossils very interesting. 



Near to Talampaya Park is located the Valley of the Moon (Ischigualasto Park),  that you will be able to know in only one day of trip.










The region is historically important and you can trace vestiges of the Inca Empire and you can visit important paleontologic and archeological places.







The most remarkable production of the Famatina Valley is the vineyard and there are very important wine cellars.    

Red grape varieties: Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bonarda.    

White grape varieties: Torrontes, Chardonnay, Moscatel de Alejandria, Pedro Jimenez.

Special mention deserves the good quality of the wines made in this valley. They have got several international prizes. In our site you will find information about the most important wine cellars of the area.






There are also olive and nuts plantations as well as different kinds of fruits and vegetables.









The nice and warm weather all the year round is another feature you will enjoy every day.

















The kindness and warmth of its people, the pure and simple customs, the beauty of the different sceneries and the breathtaking view of the mountains will make you live an unforgettable experience.










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