Formosa Province, Argentina
Formosa is the capital of the province.
Distances: 1.180 kilometers from Buenos Aires
1.037 kilometers from Córdoba
169 kilometers from Resistencia
This city is located on the western coast of the river Paraguay. Its name comes from the Spanish word fermoso and it makes reference to the beauty of the place.
Formosa is a land of tidelands, swamps and immense savannas where the biggest concentration and variety of birds habits. The South American caimans (yacarés) as well as the deer and rodents of great size can be observed.
It has a considerable aboriginal population, especially the Tobas who live in the surroundings of the city. At the moment, three ethnic groups cohabit the region: the Tobas, the Pilagá and the Wichi (Matacos).
It is an active and modern city that presents tree-lined avenues, parks and natural reservations. It is the ideal destination for adventure tourism.
The port has a floating pier from which, some houses of the Paraguayan town, Villa Alberdi, can be observed.
Three national bridges placed over the Bermejo River communicate Formosa with the Chaco. Two international bridges placed over the Pilcomayo River communicate Formosa with Paraguay
A characteristic of Formosa is its fairs of crafts. There, natives exhibit and sell some products that they elaborate manually: wicker baskets, fabrics, pottery and herbs, as Candorosa or the yatei-caa with miraculous properties.
Places of interest
· Historical Museum
· Nuestra Señora del Carmen Cathedral
· Government House
· National Historical Monument
· Natural Formosa Reserve
· Aborígenes de Tacaagle Reserve
· Guaycolec Animal Silvestre Station
· Pilcomayo River National Park
Laguna Blanca is located 180 kilometers from Formosa. It is an ideal place for camping. It has a spa that is situated in a natural environment and that possesses gangplanks and temperate waters.
Laguna Yema is located 380 kilometers from the city of Formosa. It is an ideal place for sailing, fishing, photographic safaris and observation of birds.
Formosa Natural Reserve is located 460 Kilometers from Formosa. It is an ideal place from camping, hiking, photographic safaris and observation of birds.
San Francisco de Laishí, is located 70 kilometers from the city of Formosa. These are the ruins of the sugar mill and sawmill which are situated beside the convent San Francisco that is the nucleus of the Franciscan Mission. Its chapel, as the rest of the convent, preserves its original structure.
Paí Curuzú is located 195 kilometers from the city of Formosa. This is an ecological reservation that covers more than 40 hectares. It is the ideal location for camping, hiking and taking guided paths where grills, inns, view points and wooden houses, placed on the top of a tree, have been built.
Mission San Francisco Solano de Tacaaglé is located 248 kilometers from the city of Formosa. Inside this chapel, created by the Franciscans, it is possible to observe objects of great historical value as documents, books, religious garments, chandeliers, chalices and the altar.
By: Alberto Koonstra