CULTURE AND HANDICRAFTS
Teatro Español: the doors of Teatro Español
have been open since 1908; it is one of the most beautiful
theaters in the country. During its existence, the original
building was gradually modified to reach the present style,
which is admired and recognized by the international artists
who visited it. H. Lagos 44. tel: 45-5325.
Municipal Center of Culture: exhibitions are held
permanently. The center concentrates multiple activities related
to the social development of the pampean capital. This new
building has 9 workshop classrooms, an auditorium whose capacity
is over 100 seats and a backyard for artisans. Besides, this
is the seat of the Municipal Bureau of Culture and the Municipal
Historic Archive. Quintana 174, tel: 45-5324.
Municipal Center of Culture
Museo Provincial de Historia Natural (Provincial Museum
of Natural History)
It was created on July 9, 1935. At present the collection
comprises pieces of natural sciences (animals, plants, fossils,
minerals, etc. with approximately 2,300 items) and anthropological
sciences (bolas, projectile points, mortars, etc. with almost
360 items), which are shown as collections or in exhibitions.
The building is 600 sq. m distributed in seven rooms. The
admittance is free and the museum is open from 8 a.m. through
7 p.m., from Mondays through Fridays, except in January and
February when it is open during the morning. Weekends, the
museum is opened in the afternoon. Address: Pellegrini 180,
Museo Provincial de Artes (Provincial Museum of Arts)
It was created on December 20, 1984. It comprises 490 works
of provincial and national artists, among paints, drawings,
sculptures, pottery, engravings and photographs that come
from public and private donations. The building has four exhibition
rooms, a restoration laboratory, a warehouse, a library, a
workshop, and a multi-purpose room. Open hours: Monday from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1
p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: from
6.30 p.m. through 9.30 p.m. The museum is in permanent activity.
We suggest you should check out the schedule. Address: 9 de
Julio and Villegas. Tel.: 42-7332.
Provincial Artisanal Market
You can appreciate and buy craftsmanships made of rope or
leat her with certificate of origin, which are manufactured
under aboriginal techniques, also, knitted items and embroidery.
Address: San Martín and Luro Ave. Tel.: 43-0168.
RECREATION AND SPORTS
Recreational Center "Don Tomás"
Without leaving the city, this center is located a few blocks
from downtown. It consists of 250ha that surround the homonymous
lagoon and sets the ideal stage for family recreation. There
you will find many barbecue shops, stores, swimming pools,
football and softball pitches, volley and basketball courts,
a health track, games for children, bicycle track and athletics
The tourist train "El Puelchito", which passes over
there on its way from Plaza San Martín.
The lagoon is suitable for fishing; mackerel is the predominant
specie. Other activities are windsurf, kayak, canoeing, water
ski, and offshore.
We recommend the "Salitrero", a modern ship that
departs from the municipal quay every weekend.
Another exciting options are the water bikes. After crossing
a bridge, you can reach the view point of the "little
island", located in the center of a lake for tourists,
which is also a wharf. By going along the shore you will reach
the "large island". In front of the parking area
you will find a bridge that leads you to a well-furnished
tea room and a pier. There you will find a fountain with colorful
fishes, a cascade, a view point and the "birds' island".
Further on, you will find the esplanade of the "Mirador
de la Cruz" (cross' view point), and then the symbolic
"Lagoon Lighthouse". The Nautical Club and the boat
storage is located on the premises, where you can also practice
water activities. Tel.: 45-5358.
Images of the Recreational Center
Hunting Club Camping and Mini Zoo
Going towards Toay, by Perón Avenue, the Big and Small
Hunting Game Club Vey Puudú is located six kilometers
from the city and has a beautiful camping area of 22 hectares
with old caldenes placed in the middle of giant sand banks.
It has an autochthonous forest and the following facilities:
storehouse, mud hut, grills, tables, drinking water, rest
rooms, swings, climbing gym, and swimming pool. There you
will also find a regional mini zoo, where you can observe
the different animals of the pampean fauna, most of which
were set free. Tel.: 42-4198.
The golf course of Santa Rosa Jockey Club is located a few
kilometers before arriving at the city, if you come from Federal
Capital. Due to its features, the golf club became one of
the best clubs in the region with 18 holes in the circuit.
The course is suitable to held local and regional tournaments;
international golf players have praised it.
The modern infrastructure offers players and visitors a friendly
ClubHouse, a restaurant, rest rooms and a swimming pool. Tel:
Motorcar Race Track
Next to National Route 5, the premises of the motorcar Racetrack
Park of Santa Rosa comprise 42ha. This circuit is suitable
for national and provincial competitions.
The place has a camping area of 1,000m2, with barbecues, res-trooms,
drinking water and light, surrounded by profuse vegetation.
The important structure of the city attracts the local attendees
and allows national and international competitions to be held.
You can practice: paddle, tennis, squash, ping pong, gymnastics,
basketball, volleyball, handball, softball, hockey, rugby,
golf, swimming, athletics, cyclist, car and motorcycle racing,
sport fishing, kayak, canoeing, water skiing, windsurf, martial
arts, yoga, equestrian sports, fencing, skating, boxing, mountaineering,
sail-fliying., paragliding, airplane modeling, hunting, pigeon
breeding, bowls, chess, etc.
Besides, Santa Rosa is seat of the marathon "A Pampa
Traviesa" (cross-country), which every year has the participation
of the most important national and foreign athletes.
Marathon "A Pampa Traviesa"
RURAL TOURISM AND ADVENTURE
A farm very near Santa Rosa, defined by its owners as an ecological
In a natural farming environment with an active production,
Villaverde offers the visitor the typical pampean landscape
in full-scale. With a touch of class that distinguishes it,
the farm house is surrounded by 30 hectares of park. The farm
has a chapel, an European-style fountain, a historical small
fort and a fully equipped panoramic convention room.
Behind the rodeo arena, you will find the stables, with old
cars and period carriages. The rural Museum is the meeting
place for educational visits and offers a program that is
acknowledged by the Ministry of Culture and Education.
The farm has all the necessary facilities: executive suite,
finely decorated and furnished rooms, air conditioning, hydromassage,
Satellite TV, IDD (International Direct Dialing), 24 hour
bar and swimming pool.
How to arrive: by National Highway 35 northward, the farm
is located nine kilometers from Santa Rosa airport.
What to do: there are several programs: " a day in the
country", "an afternoon in the country", visiting
o the "Fortín Histórico Huitrú"
(historical small fort), the only one of its kind in the province.
The programs encompass different activities: tasting home
made food and pastry, enjoying the swimming pool, taking a
ride on horseback, participating in rural tasks, taking a
ride in period carriages, visiting the Rural Museum or Saint
Mark's Chapel, going on a photographic safari and observing
fowls or participating in a gaucho party.
Where to make reservations: www.estanciavillaverde.com.ar Tel.: +54 2954 43-8764. The
farm's telephone is 43-0295. English, French and Italian spoken.
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Rural tourism (estancias) in Santa Rosa
"La Lomita" Educational Farm
A place where you will learn to love nature...
It is a family business that started in 1992, which is run
by Natural Sciences professionals who invite children attending
primary school, youths, parents and teachers to know, enjoy
and respect the environment. The participants build up their
knowledge, values, attitudes and skills by taking part in
workshops and collaborative activities programmed according
to the groups and their interests. These activities will allow
them to act as environmentally aware citizens.
The farm was declared of Educational and Ecological Interest
by the Ministry of Culture and Education and the Undersecretary
of Ecology of La Pampa's Government, and at present it opens
its doors to the tourist, inviting children and families to
participate in a rich experience in the country.
How to arrive: The farm is located in Toay, three kilometers
from the southern circle traffic of Santa Rosa City, taking
Tita Merello Street, in the "Plan 5 mil viviendas"
What to do. The premises is 30 hectares with an infrastructure
adapted to carry out the experiences. As the farm has also
a natural reserve of caldenes and a great biodiversity of
autochthonous flora and fauna, the adventure begins with a
walk through the interpretation path, where the guide invites
the group to discover and recognize the different species
and the odd relationships present in the ecosystem. In the
Atalaya, the children retell and freely express their experiences,
while a stop in the road allows them to recover energies and
start new activities.
In the apiary they can make a picture, stamp wax, and taste
ecological honey. The farmyard is the meeting place of children
and adults. Children enjoy the idea of being in contact with
goats, lambs, teques (llama's offspring), and calfs as they
learn to recognize each animal by its name. They can also
participate in experiences like milking, shearing, helping
prepare artisanal food or just feeding the animals with their
hands. Ducks, gooses, and hens permanently escort the visitors
along the circuit, which can be made on foot or driving a
sulky. The activities continue in the house, where the children
enjoy playing freely while their parents taste delightful
regional products and buy handicrafts. The afternoon tea is
also a time to play together as they proudly eat the bread
they have kneaded and baked in the mud oven.
Other optional activities. The farm is the ideal place to
celebrate the birthday of children or adults. You can be the
one-day host of your family or friends in a country house.
You can also hire a bike, ride a horse o drive a tractor.
Who is invited to the farm. Educational groups, families,
intermediate organizations, therapeutical and third age groups.
When to go. The activities age scheduled according to the
visitor's needs, on the day and at the time you request. Tel.:
Transportation. The farm has its own transportation service.
La Cuesta Riding School
It is a place for the lovers of horses and nature. Far from
the city noise, but just 11 km from Santa Rosa, this beautiful
spot combines the best pampean landscapes, sand banks, forests
of caldenes and the wonderful view of the marsh of Giuliani
lagoon, situated among the pine trees that specially feature
the area. Different kind of fowls and small wild animals set
the ideal stage for sighting the fowls living on the great
water surface. The main species found are: ducks, herons,
flamingos, woodpeckers and many other.
The school has horses and ponies, which are trained for jumping
or training, as well as horses that are trained for rides.
You can go for a ride within the premises (1 or 2 hours),
or out of the premises (4 hours, 1 day, 2 days), along the
neighborhood roads. Horseback riding lessons are offered for
those who do not know how to ride a horse or those wanting
to perfect their style. The only thing that you have to do
is to make a reservation as the school provides you with the
necessary equipment, the horse and the instructor.
For the little ones, the ponies can take them for an unforgettable
ride in the forest.
How to arrive. Take the National Highway Nº 35 that goes
towards Bariloche. The school is just 11 km from Santa Rosa.
After passing the marsh of Giuliani, you will see the entrance
on the National Highway.
What to do. You can carry out different equestrian activities:
riding a horse or a pony through the forest paths You
can take horseback riding lessons by one of the school instructors,
according to your needs. Horse therapy sessions.
Full training lessons to ride horses in one, two or three
days. Monthly programs on riding and jumping.
One hours ride or two hours rides through circuits
within the premises. Half-days rides to Cachirulo.
One days rides to Parque Luro or to Toay Hunting
Club. Two days rides to Naicó.
Other optional activities. Camping (groups, schools, clubs,
etc.). Birthday celebrations (ponies available for
two hours). Free admittance for the contests that the
school organizes every month.
Who is invited. Visitors, schools, clubs, summer camps.
When to go. The school is open from Tuesday through Friday,
from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. during the winter season. In summer
the timetable is shifted in order to avoid high temperatures.
Likewise, in order to provide you with a better service, we
suggest that you should make your reservations well in advance:
riding lessons or short rides, two days in advance; camping
or birthday celebration, fifteen days in advance.
Transportation. You can visit the school in your own car
Shuttles or the General Acha bus line Taxi
or remis (chauffeur-driven car) For the programs taking
two or three days, or the ridings taking one day or more,
the school provides transportation at an extra charge. Information: 02954 15 69 6040
First Flight in Airplane
Going northwards by National Route 35, just after passing
Santa Rosa airport, you can see the hangar of the pampean
During the weekend, if the weather conditions are fine in
the morning, you can make first flights on light aircraft;
another possibility to see Santa Rosa from the air. Tel: 42-3785.
Cathedral Church: just in front of San Martín
Square in Santa Rosa, stands the Cathedral. Its modern facade
is made up by fourteen slender hexagons representing the mystical
body of the church. Twelve figures symbolize the first Apostles;
a bigger figure with a cross through it represents Christ
and another different hexagon showing a crown, symbolizes
the Virgin. Inside the Cathedral there is the «Vía
Crucis», painted by Eduardo Barnes, a sculptor born
in 1901 in Rosario city. «La Divina Realeza» is
the subject of all his paintings and through the fourteen
stations the images remind us of the christians in their way
to the Calvary. Also there, are the mortal remains of Tomás
Mason, founder of the provinces Capital. In the «Navidad
de todos» celebrity inaugurated the new bell tower.
The sanctuary «Nuestra Señora de Fátima»:
is on Don Boscos Square near the Provincial Legislative
building. Being a modern design, it was architecturally inspired
by Davids star. The first mass was celebrated in Christmas
Eve in 1992 in an opened air night. Nowadays, the sanctuary
is a heavily attended place by pilgrimages. In front of it,
stands the «Cristo Pensante» hermitage, an image
made of linden wood granted by Polish community. In Poland
and Germany is a common thing to see this image in route crossings,
that is why is called «Cristo del Camino».
Nazarets House: Nazaret, a house for spiritual
exercises, is placed on Victor Arriaga Street, in the east
side of the city. It is a building where men, women, young
people and married couples go there to deepen into their interior
life from a Christian point of view. The building is surrounded
by gardens. The entrance has fifteen bas-relieves done by
Eduardo Barnes, they represent the rosarys mysteries.
The visitor is received by the «Angel de la Guarda»
brought specially from Rome. Next to Nazarets house
is the Monastery of the «Carmelitas» nuns, where
they voluntarily live in cloister. You can visit them through
symbolic bars that the locutory has. The Monastery was opened
in 1994. In the chapel, opened to the public, the image of
Saint Mary Virgin of La Pampa is revered. The sculpture was
done by a carmelite nun and the originality is that it has
a little «poncho», whose copies can be bought
Churchs Santa Rosa city:
S. Rosa de Lima - Avellaneda 332, tel. 42-2420
Sagrada Familia - Neuquén 756, tel. 42-6591
Ntra. Sra de Luján - L. de Vega 525, tel. 42-4481
Ntra. Sra de Fátima - San Jorge 168, tel. 42-7117
Medalla Milagrosa - Barrio Butaló, tel. 43-2937
Sagrado Corazón - Churrinche 1440, tel. 43-5715
Ntra. Sra de Lourdes - Av. Spinetto y C. Provincialista
Espíritu Santo - Lorruso y Magaldi
San Cayetano - Pilcomayo y Stieben
San José Obrero - Mendoza 1392
Divina Misericordia - G. Vivas y S. López, tel.
San Martín de Porres - Chile y Pestalozzi
GAMBLING AND NIGHT
Try your luck at the Casino
Located in the center of the town, Casino Club
attracts those wanting to try their luck with endless combinations
of daily draws and special prizes. There are two casinos in
the city. One is located in the downtown (Lagos 155), Tel.:
43-1055, in which you will find slot machines and a snack
bar. The other, the central casino, is located on National
Highway Nº 5; it is the largest and the most modern casino
of the country.
For those lovers of horseracing, in the Jockey Club
Santa Rosa bets are always accepted (9 de Julio 130).
Special races take place at the premises located on National
Highway Nº 5. Tel.: 42-2778.
The best premieres with Stereo Dolby System are in Cine
Don Bosco. Address: Uruguay Ave. and Pico. Tel.: 45-3166.
Young visitors will find their discos on Irigoyen and 9 de
The main places are
«V 8», 9 de Julio 130.
«Club 222», 9 de Julio 222.
«Jockey Discoteca», 9 de Julio 234.
«Juanito», Ruta 5 km 606.
«Pavarotti», Av. Roca 163.
Other options are: Las Viñas , a dancing
club (González 754) and Mi Refugio, a tango
club on Chaco and San Juan.
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