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San Juan, Argentina - A Leafy City 2 Hours From Mendoza

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2014   » View Photoset (82 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Arriving in San Juan from Mendoza took 2hrs 15mins by bus, it was
Argentina Photo - Weapons of war on display at Plaza Espana in San Juan.
Weapons of war on display at Plaza Espana in San Juan.
the morning and I planned to spend the day in the city having a look around and getting to know the place a little.

Walking Around San Juan

From the bus terminal it's about a 15min walk into the center of town. During the walk I stopped to take some photos at the national college Pablo Cabrera which is a national monument founded in 1862. A couple of times students stood in my photos, they were a very happy and friendly bunch. Across the road on a sunny street corner I passed church Capilla San Clemente before arriving nearby at Plaza 25 de Mayo, the main square. In general San Juan celebrates the life of this man, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888), he was President of Argentina and was born in the city. There are statues and monuments of him all around the city including Plaza 25 de Mayo.

Around Plaza 25 de Mayo

The plaza has a huge fountain, palm trees, statue of Fray Justo de Santa Maria de Oro and lots of shade. Across the road is the cathedral with its Big Ben clock and a bunch of statues outside, it's not the most eye-catching cathedral I have seen. In the plaza a large group of students chatted with me and asked for a group photograph, like I said, the locals here are friendly. A block or 2 across from the plaza is Avenue San Martin, this takes you down towards the park, there are other sights along the way also. There is some sculptured artworks along the road just before the house where Domingo Sarmiento was born (Casa Natal de Domingo F. Sarmiento). This house is Argentina's
Argentina Photo - Mural on the doorstep of the college in San Juan, students and the globe.
Mural on the doorstep of the college in San Juan, students and the globe.
first national historical monument. You can go inside the house and view the grounds for 10 pesos. Very near is the Ministry of Tourism and Culture building where there are a couple of dinosaur models outside. Down the road a little more is the theatre but there is nothing to see from the outside at all. Plaza
Argentina Photo - Beautiful yellow tree between Plaza Espana and Parque de Mayo in San Juan.
Beautiful yellow tree between Plaza Espana and Parque de Mayo in San Juan.
Laprida is where I came to next. It's a nice park with some very tall trees and a statue of Francisco Narciso de Laprida (1786-1829), a politician and lawyer. I continued my walk along the green and leafy San Juan streets passing the Ministry of Education building before arriving at Plaza Espana which has a bunch of war monuments on display - a tank, a gun and a plane. There is also a bust of Lieutenant Oscar Augusto Silva - a fallen Falklands War soldier.

Parque de Mayo (Park)

Just beside here is park Parque de Mayo, this is the real park in San Juan. It's green and open with tall trees and palms with a big lagoon in the middle. Joggers run around the park to get fit. Of course being Argentina, there are a ton of statues and busts of important people scattered all around - composer Arturo Beruti (1862-1938), columnist Juan Pablo Echague (1877-1950), author and poet Segundino Navarro (1852-1910), son of the mayor Jesus Dojorti Roco (1906-1955), politician Manuel Lainez (1852-1924), General Jose de San Martin on his horse, Dr. Anacleto Gil (1852-1939), Dr. Federico Cantoni (1890-1956) and Father Juan
Argentina Photo - The lagoon and trees around at Parque de Mayo in San Juan.
The lagoon and trees around at Parque de Mayo in San Juan.
Luis Fansolato (1905-1994) to name just a few. I stopped and chatted to a policeman for a while and told him how impressed I was with his city, how beautiful and clean it was. I bought an ice-crean and headed back into the center to find food. Off of the main plaza is Peatonal Domingo F. Sarmiento, a walking area around the shops. It was here I ate what I always enjoy eating in Argentina, a superpancho (long hotdog)! I enjoyed the day very much.

Tour to Ischigualasto

If you are in San Juan for more than a day you really should do the tour up to Ischigualasto. This is the place of the origen of dinosaurs, a landscape from another world with red mountains and geological formations. Located 330kms northeast of San Juan, a day tour costs around $100USD. I will get there next time!

9hrs Bus to Cordoba

I spent the evening waiting around the bus terminal for a late bus to Cordoba which ended up being a 9hr journey.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from San Juan (Argentina) to:


Map location: San Juan, Argentina. A leafy & clean city with nice parks & friendly locals! I came here from Mendoza and afterwards bused to Cordoba.
 A : Mendoza - Argentina 153 kms 153 kms straight distance | 2hrs 14mins 2hrs 14mins by car (177 kms) | 2hrs 40mins 2hrs 40mins by bus (177 kms) (177 kms)
 B : Mendoza from Santiago - Argentina 185 kms 185 kms straight distance | 4hrs 16mins 4hrs 16mins by car (343 kms) | 5hrs 7mins 5hrs 7mins by bus (343 kms) (343 kms)
 C : Santiago to Mendoza - Chile 242 kms 242 kms straight distance | 6hrs 7mins 6hrs 7mins by car (449 kms) | 7hrs 20mins 7hrs 20mins by bus (449 kms) (449 kms)
 D : La Serena - Chile 318 kms 318 kms straight distance | 9hrs 7mins 9hrs 7mins by car (516 kms) | 10hrs 56mins 10hrs 56mins by bus (516 kms) (516 kms)
 E : Coquimbo - Chile 319 kms 319 kms straight distance | 9hrs 10mins 9hrs 10mins by car (518 kms) | 11hrs 11hrs by bus (518 kms) (518 kms)
 F : Santiago - Chile 307 kms 307 kms straight distance | 7hrs 11mins 7hrs 11mins by car (547 kms) | 8hrs 37mins 8hrs 37mins by bus (547 kms) (547 kms)
 G : Cordoba - Argentina 401 kms 401 kms straight distance | 7hrs 13mins 7hrs 13mins by car (572 kms) | 8hrs 39mins 8hrs 39mins by bus (572 kms) (572 kms)
 H : Valparaiso - Chile 331 kms 331 kms straight distance | 7hrs 42mins 7hrs 42mins by car (590 kms) | 9hrs 14mins 9hrs 14mins by bus (590 kms) (590 kms)
 I : Cafayate - Argentina 657 kms 657 kms straight distance | 11hrs 20mins 11hrs 20mins by car (879 kms) | 13hrs 36mins 13hrs 36mins by bus (879 kms) (879 kms)
 J : Rosario - Argentina 750 kms 750 kms straight distance | 10hrs 17mins 10hrs 17mins by car (925 kms) | 12hrs 20mins 12hrs 20mins by bus (925 kms) (925 kms)
 K : Santa Fe - Argentina 737 kms 737 kms straight distance | 10hrs 52mins 10hrs 52mins by car (976 kms) | 13hrs 2mins 13hrs 2mins by bus (976 kms) (976 kms)
 L : Salta to Cafayate - Argentina 734 kms 734 kms straight distance | 12hrs 55mins 12hrs 55mins by car (987 kms) | 15hrs 30mins 15hrs 30mins by bus (987 kms) (987 kms)
 M : Parana - Argentina 755 kms 755 kms straight distance | 11hrs 54mins 11hrs 54mins by car (1025 kms) | 14hrs 16mins 14hrs 16mins by bus (1025 kms) (1025 kms)
 N : Salta - Argentina 806 kms 806 kms straight distance | 13hrs 15mins 13hrs 15mins by car (1168 kms) | 15hrs 54mins 15hrs 54mins by bus (1168 kms) (1168 kms)
 O : Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border) - Argentina 839 kms 839 kms straight distance | 15hrs 53mins 15hrs 53mins by car (1346 kms) | 19hrs 3mins 19hrs 3mins by bus (1346 kms) (1346 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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