Santa Fe, properly called Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, is the capital city of the Argentine province of Santa Fe. Located in the northeastern part of Argentina, it is nearly in the middle of two main rivers, the Parana and Salado Rivers, which has made the city an ideal place for general commerce since prior to the Industrial Revolution.
Said to have been founded by a seafarer by the name of Captain Juan de Garay in the late sixteenth century, it was initially a settlement that depended largely on the Cayasta River (where it was founded) for the transport and production of raw goods, up until the mid-sixteenth century, when the original settlement had to be moved to present day Santa Fe in response to flooding of the Cayasta River. Initially a commercial transport and agricultural center, the Santa Fe of today has also become a tourist destination known for its lively nightlife, Santa Fe is also the perfect place to go if you’re looking for an all-around party atmosphere marked by good food, great drinks, and awesome company.
But Santa Fe is not without its meritorious sights as well, as it is home to the Convento y Museo de San Francisco, which, as the name suggests, is both a museum and a monastery. Santa Fe is also a hotbed of many other museums, the majority of which display the rich cultural and ethnic heritage of the area. Among the most popular are the Museo Historico Provincial, and the Museo Entografico y Colonia Provincial, both of which showcase the early history (political, of the former, and ethnic, for the latter) of Santa Fe. Nature lovers wouldn’t be lost in Santa Fe either -- the Granja La Esmeralda is an experimental, free-range zoo that imitates the habitats, range, and ecosystem of the animals it houses. Santa Fe is also home to the Cerveceria Santa Fe, a local brewery that produces its own brand of lager, and supplies residents and tourists alike with their pick of the best beers in town.
As this is a very popular tourist spot, finding places to dine and enjoy in Santa Fe is not at all difficult. Finding decent Santa Fe hostels is likewise a very easy thing to do. While the city boasts a number of classy joints for more affluent tourists, it also has its own range of affordable, family-friendly hostels within the city. In most cases the Santa Fe hostels or hotels up for grabs that veer towards the cheaper range are typically located some distance away from the city center, although there is regular transport, so it's not that much of a problem. Because Santa Fe tends to be packed during the holiday seasons, as well as during the summertime, booking your rooms several weeks prior to your trip should guarantee ease of transition and a lack of hassle upon arrival.
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