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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 10yrs!

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 - Church in Santa Fe.
Church 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 - Plaque to Dr. Alfredo Nogueras in Plaza 25 de Mayo in Santa Fe.
Plaque to Dr. Alfredo Nogueras in Plaza 25 de Mayo 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 - Ship at the Port of Santa Fe on the Rio Parana.
Ship at the Port of Santa Fe on the Rio Parana.
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 - Shops and pedestrian walkway in Santa Fe.
Shops and pedestrian walkway in Santa Fe.
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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Distances & times (if available) from Santa Fe (Argentina) to:


Map location: Santa Fe, Argentina. 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'!
 A : Parana - Argentina 23 kms 23 kms straight distance | 1hr 14mins 1hr 14mins by car (53 kms) | 1hr 28mins 1hr 28mins by bus (53 kms) (53 kms)
 B : Rosario - Argentina 148 kms 148 kms straight distance | 1hr 48mins 1hr 48mins by car (178 kms) | 2hrs 9mins 2hrs 9mins by bus (178 kms) (178 kms)
 C : Colon - Argentina 257 kms 257 kms straight distance | 3hrs 46mins 3hrs 46mins by car (306 kms) | 4hrs 31mins 4hrs 31mins by bus (306 kms) (306 kms)
 D : Paysandu - Uruguay 259 kms 259 kms straight distance | 4hrs 4hrs by car (309 kms) | 4hrs 48mins 4hrs 48mins by bus (309 kms) (309 kms)
 E : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 284 kms 284 kms straight distance | 4hrs 39mins 4hrs 39mins by car (380 kms) | 5hrs 34mins 5hrs 34mins by bus (380 kms) (380 kms)
 F : Cordoba - Argentina 338 kms 338 kms straight distance | 4hrs 45mins 4hrs 45mins by car (381 kms) | 5hrs 42mins 5hrs 42mins by bus (381 kms) (381 kms)
 G : Mercedes - Uruguay 312 kms 312 kms straight distance | 4hrs 56mins 4hrs 56mins by car (398 kms) | 5hrs 55mins 5hrs 55mins by bus (398 kms) (398 kms)
 H : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 319 kms 319 kms straight distance | 5hrs 20mins 5hrs 20mins by car (433 kms) | 6hrs 24mins 6hrs 24mins by bus (433 kms) (433 kms)
 I : Buenos Aires - Argentina 391 kms 391 kms straight distance | 4hrs 59mins 4hrs 59mins by car (479 kms) | 5hrs 58mins 5hrs 58mins by bus (479 kms) (479 kms)
 J : Carmelo - Uruguay 350 kms 350 kms straight distance | 6hrs 16mins 6hrs 16mins by car (498 kms) | 7hrs 31mins 7hrs 31mins by bus (498 kms) (498 kms)
 K : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 416 kms 416 kms straight distance | 7hrs 24mins 7hrs 24mins by car (515 kms) | 8hrs 52mins 8hrs 52mins by bus (515 kms) (515 kms)
 L : Resistencia - Argentina 490 kms 490 kms straight distance | 6hrs 30mins 6hrs 30mins by car (540 kms) | 7hrs 48mins 7hrs 48mins by bus (540 kms) (540 kms)
 M : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 450 kms 450 kms straight distance | 6hrs 43mins 6hrs 43mins by car (552 kms) | 8hrs 3mins 8hrs 3mins by bus (552 kms) (552 kms)
 N : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 436 kms 436 kms straight distance | 7hrs 59mins 7hrs 59mins by car (561 kms) | 9hrs 34mins 9hrs 34mins by bus (561 kms) (561 kms)
 O : Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana - Brazil 474 kms 474 kms straight distance | 7hrs 37mins 7hrs 37mins by car (619 kms) | 9hrs 8mins 9hrs 8mins by bus (619 kms) (619 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.


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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