The City of Santa Fe is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Argentina. The citizens of the Port of Santa Fe are rightly proud of their rich natural and cultural environment. With a variety of landscapes, historical sites, and cultural events, the Port of Santa Fe offers something for everyone.
The Port of Santa Fe enjoys a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and hot humid summers. Temperatures can fall below freezing during the winter, and heat waves can bring extreme temperatures that have exceeded 45 °C (113 °F). While rain is relatively even throughout the year, summer is the wettest season. Thunderstorms during the summer can be intense with powerful rainfall. Temperatures range from an average high of 33 °C (91 °F) in January to an average low between 7 ° and 8 °C (46 °F) in June and July.
History lovers who visit the Port of Santa Fe will want to see the Archaeological Park of Old Santa Fe (Spanish), or the Old Santa Fe Ruins, in Cayastá some 80 kilometers from the capital city. These are the ruins of the city originally founded by Juan de Garay in 1573 before the city was moved to avoid constant flooding in the mid 17th Century. There are two main areas: the Plaza de Armas where civic activities took place and the "blocks" where urban farmers raised fruit and tended vineyards. The current 69-hectare site reveals as much as two-thirds of the original site. Visitors will be fascinated with the remains of ancient churches, monasteries, and homes. Some of the foundations still have fragments of tile, drawings, and inscriptions. Many objects have been found in the excavation that reveal life in the Port of Santa Fe until the 1660s, including pottery, oriental porcelain, tiles, bricks, coins, medals, beads, rosaries, amulets, and tools. These artifacts record a multicultural society of Spaniards, Mestizos, Indians, and Africans. Also found in the site were two hundred graves, some of them the most important people in the Port of Santa Fe at the time, including the daughter of the city's founder and her husband, the first native governor of the Rio de la Plata colony. Guided tours are available when arranged in advance. The site is a National Historic Landmark.
The waters around the Port of Santa Fe are rich with fish that attract many sports fishers each year. With more than 700 kilometers of coast and many islands in the river, fishers can catch a range of species including surubi, dorado, boga, and pati.
Rural tourism is also popular in the Port of Santa Fe. The area has many wonderful places to stay in the countryside where a variety of recreational opportunities include hiking, horseback riding, and wonderful ethnic cuisine. The ranches and farms of the Port of Santa Fe immerse visitors in the life of the country, including traditional rodeos and events that test native skills, and in the natural beauty of the area.