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Santa Fe, Argentina - Do You Know The Way To Santa Fe?

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2012   » View Photoset (23 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 11yrs!

I Once Heard a Song

I had heard the famous song called 'Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe' sung by Dionne Warwick when I was a child, at least that's what I thought
Argentina Photo - Plaza Soldado Argentino in Santa Fe.
Plaza Soldado Argentino in Santa Fe.
it was called. When I was in Argentina again in 2012, I decided to visit Santa Fe. I vaguely remembered the melody but not really the words to this song, only the part that goes 'do you know the way to Santa Fe, wo, wo, wo, wo, wo...'. Santa Fe sounded like a wonderful place to visit! Santa Fe is 2hrs 20mins north of Rosario, but when I arrived it was nothing like I had envisioned. Not that there was anything wrong with the place, just that it was nothing special.

I Need to Hear the Song Again

I thought it would now be a good time to look up the song on YouTube and have a listen. I quickly discovered that the song is actually called 'Do You Know the Way to San Jose'! My girlfriend laughed and thought I was crazy for basing a visit to a place on a song I had heard when I was a child. I thought it was pretty funny too, but anyway that's where we were so we stayed the night and had a look around!

Around the City

Firstly I saw the church Basilica Nuestra Senora del Carmen, the building was finished in 1893, it is in the center of town near the pedestrian walkway through the shopping area. Santa Fe has its share of historic buildings but they are mostly now banks, one that is not a bank is the Ministry of Security building beside Plaza 25 de Mayo. The plazas central monument is that of independence leader Jose de
Argentina Photo - Plazoleta Suiza in Santa Fe.
Plazoleta Suiza in Santa Fe.
San Martin (1778-1850). The firemen of Santa Fe also have a monument placed in the plaza in their honour as well as Dr. Alfredo Nogueras from the people of Tartagal in northern Argentina. Across the road from the plaza is a derelict church called La Catedral Nueva, it looked like
Argentina Photo - Derelict church La Catedral Nueva in Santa Fe.
Derelict church La Catedral Nueva in Santa Fe.
something you would find at the Acropolis of Athens Greece. Behind is another church called Sagrado Corazon de Jesus near to the National College of Simon de Iriondo (1836-1883), he was twice the governor of Santa Fe province. A few blocks away I came to a plaza called Plaza Soldado Argentino, nothing too amazing, there's an old cannon, a sundial, a fountain and a mural.

Around the Port

Walking in the direction of the port, I found Plazoleta Blandengues with its monument to Eva 'Evita' Peron and a fountain. Very close by is another plaza called Plazoleta Prefectura Naval Argentina with a bronze work of Luis Gerbino - I think an Italian author. Another plaza very close to the port is Plaza Cristobal Colon, much larger than the others with a big fountain / water feature. The main monument is to Dr. Rodolfo Freyre (1862-1919) - Governor of Santa Fe (1902-1906) and of course there is also one to Cristobal Colon. Plazoleta Suiza next to it is much smaller. Another monument I found was to
Argentina Photo - Historical building at the Santa Fe port.
Historical building at the Santa Fe port.
Dr. Aldo Emilio Tessio (1909-2000) - Governor of the Santa Fe Province (1963-1966). Across the road now to Puerto de Santa Fe, Santa Fe's port on the Rio Parana. There is a museum and a few things to see down here, but nothing really mind-blowing.

Other Points of Interest

Other buildings and places of interest on the Santa Fe city map include Casa del Brigadier Estanislao Lopez, Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, Convento y Museo de San Francisco, Casa de los Diez de Andino, Iglesia y Colegio y Museo de los Jesuitas, Casa de Manuel Leiva, Teatro Municipal 1 de Mayo, Plaza Espana and Plaza de los Constituyentes.

Santa Fe to Parana

From Santa Fe across the river to the city of Parana was my next destination, it's an hour away, there is a tunnel linking the 2 cities called The Subfluvial Tunnel.

     

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Santa Fe, Argentina:

Hotel Humberto, Santa Fe, Argentina - Large Photo
Hotel Humberto, Santa Fe, Argentina (May 2012 - 1 night) - Small room across the road from the bus terminal at a good price. Friendly staff. Recommended.

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Santa Fe, Argentina - Do You Know The Way To Santa Fe?. Bit of a non-event really, I came here thinking it was a place depicted in the song sung by Dionne Warwick called 'Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe', but later realised the song was called 'Do You Know the Way to San Jose'!

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