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San Fernando del
Valle de Catamarca
City
(From top to bottom; from left to right) Aerial view of the city; Our Lady of the Valley of Catamarca Cathedral; San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca Historical Museum; El Jumeal reservoir and the San Francisco Church.
(From top to bottom; from left to right) Aerial view of the city; Our Lady of the Valley of Catamarca Cathedral; San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca Historical Museum; El Jumeal reservoir and the San Francisco Church.
Flag of San Fernando delValle de Catamarca
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Coat of arms of San Fernando delValle de Catamarca
Coat of arms
Capital department within Catamarca Province
Capital department within Catamarca Province
Country  Argentina
Province  Catamarca
Department Capital
Elevation 500 m (1,600 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 159,139
Demonym(s) catamarqueño
Time zone ART (UTC−3)
CPA base K4700
Dialing code +54 383

San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca is a city in northwestern Argentina and capital of Catamarca Province, on the Río Valle River, at the feet of the Cerro Ambato. The city name is normally shortened as Catamarca.

The city of 684 km2 (264 sq mi), located 500 m (1,640 ft) above sea level, has 159,000 inhabitants (2010 census [INDEC]), with more than 200,000 counting the suburbia, what represents around 70% of the population of the province.

Overview

The city is located 1,130 km (702 mi) from Buenos Aires. The closest provincial capitals are La Rioja (154 km (96 mi)), Tucumán (230 km (143 mi)) and Santiago del Estero (209 km (130 mi)).

Many pilgrims come to San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca to visit the Church of the Virgin of the Valley (1694), which contains a statue of Nuestra Señora del Valle (Our Lady of the Valley).

Catamarca is also the touristic centre of the province, with its colonial architecture, and serves as a hub to many touristic points and excursions, hiking, mountain-bike tours, horse riding, and wine tasting.

San Fernando del Valle is served by Coronel Felipe Varela International Airport (CTC/SANC), with flights to Buenos Aires-AEP.

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