Argentina Religion

La Plata Cathedral

Historically, the Catholic religion played a very important part in politics and law. Before changes were made to the Constitution in 1994, the two top leaders of Argentina had to be Roman Catholic. Today, although officially 90% of Argentinians are Roman Catholic, fewer than 20% attend church regularly. Most go for weddings, funerals and major feast days.

Many Argentinians make annual pilgrimages to holy sites and local shrines. The most popular place is Luján, 65 km west of Buenos Aires. Each year, thousands of people make the pilgrimage on foot from Buenos Aires to honour the Patron Saint of Argentina, the Virgin of Luján. According to tradition, in 1620 a statue of the Virgin was being carried from town to town in a cart. The cart got stuck at Luján, Buenos Aires Province, and could not be moved. The people built a chapel for the Virgin to protect the statue. Today there is a large basilica where the chapel once stood.

Did you know?

 

Buenos Aires has the second largest Jewish population (300,000) in the Americas after New York.

 

Most provinces and cities have a patron saint. In the northern Salta province, people make pilgrimages to honour "Our Lord of the Miracles" on September 15. In 1592, a statue of Jesus Christ was washed up out of sea and was carried inland to the Salta City. This statue, the people of Salta believe, has saved them from earthquakes and other dangers. During the fiesta, people parade through the streets of Salta City carrying the statue of Jesus Christ.

Another important pilgrimage site is Itatí, in Corrientes Province on the Parana River, where people honour the Virgin of Itatí every July 16. The statue of the Virgin was carved by a Guaraní artist.

Buenos Aires Mosque

Although the Constitution states that the federal government is Roman Catholic, it also guarantees freedom of religion for all. Argentina has many Jews and Muslims, as well as members of Russian, Greek and Syrian Orthodox churches and Protestant denominations.

Some indigenous people follow the customs of the Catholic Church, others have kept their traditional beliefs. Many of the Colla people in the northwestern provinces of Salta and Jujuy attend Catholic churches and also follow traditional forms of worship. In Catamarca province, there is an annual festival to honour Pachamama, who represents mother earth.


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    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport
    - Dowtown Hotel in the city in private
    - City Tour
    - Dinner-Tango Show
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included

    Rates from USD 420

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    3 days/2 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 158

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    3 days/2nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 212

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    3 days/2 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 240

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  • El Calafate 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 535

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  • El Calafate 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 315

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  • El Calafate 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included

    Rates from USD 294

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  • Ushuaia 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 388

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  • Ushuaia 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 317

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    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 269

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    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Peninsula de Valdes Excursion
    - National Reservation Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 481

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  • Puerto Madryn 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Peninsula de Valdes Excursion
    - National Reservation Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 527

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  • Puerto Madryn 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Peninsula de Valdes Excursion
    - National Reservation Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 377

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  • Bariloche 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 559

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  • Bariloche 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 272

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  • Bariloche 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 235

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  • Mendoza 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour
    - Visit Wineries


    Rates from USD 345

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  • Mendoza 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Visit Wineries
    - Wineries Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 292

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  • Mendoza 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - High Mountain Excursion
    - City Tour
    - Visit Wineries
    Rates from USD 235

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  • Salta 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 346

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  • Salta 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 209

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  • Buenos Aires Luxury
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in / out International  Airport - Downtown Hotel in private
    - Coordinator Guide
    - Bouquets of flowers and bottle of wine gifts
    - Private City Tour
    - Dinner-Tango Show VIP
    Rates from USD 2915

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  • Puerto Madryn 3 stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at Tolosa Hotel
    - Transfers in / out  to the Hotel
    - Semi bed Bus Tickets
    - Peninsula Valdes Tour
    - Nature Reserve ticket are not included


    Rates from USD 613

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  • Salta 3 stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at thelPosada del Marques Hotel
    - Transfers in / out to the Hotel
    - Bed Bus Tickets
    - City tour

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  • El Calafate Special Offer
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 218

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  • Ushuaia Special Offer

    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included


    Rates from USD 285

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  • Iguazu Special Offer
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 129

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    •Transfers in/out Aeroport - Hotel
    •3 nights at selected hotel with breakfast included
    •1 adventure tour  (trasnfers + guide + assitance included)
    •Specialized guides
    •National Parks tickets are not included
    Rates from USD 349

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    •Transfers in/out Aeroport - Hotel
    •3 nights at selected hotel with breakfast included
    •1 adventure tour  (trasnfers + guide + assitance included)
    •Specialized guides
    •National Parks tickets are not included
    Rates from USD 499

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  • Córdoba 5 Stars
    •Transfers in/out Aeroport - Hotel
    •3 nights at selected hotel with breakfast included
    •1 adventure tour  (trasnfers + guide + assitance included)
    •Specialized guides
    •National Parks tickets are not included
    Rates from USD 514

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    7 days - 6 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Mendoza
    - Transfers airport / hotel
    - City Tour in Mendoza - Wineries
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    - City Tour in San Rafael
    - 1 night accomodation with breakfast in Mendoza
    - Transfer Hotel / Aiport
    Rates from USD 546

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  • Valley of the Moon - Talampaya - Fixed departure dates
    4 days / 3 nights

    It includes: 
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    • 2 nights in San Juan with breakfast 
    • Grand City Tour 
    • 1 night in Fertile Valley with half board (*1 )
    • Visit to the Ischigualasto and Talampaya Parks.
    • Slope Huaco Tour 
    • Guide assistance during the hole tour. 
    • Not included: Entrance to the Parks and Museums. Internal van in Talampaya.


    Rates from USD 443

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  • Salta & Jujuy
    5 days / 4 nights

    • Transfers between cities with guides
    • Breakfast in all hotels
    • 3 nights at 3 * Hotel in Salta
    • 1 night at 3* hotel in Purmamarca
    • Includes all excursions mentioned in the program
    • Taxes


    Rates from USD 477

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