Santiago del Estero, Argentina – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Founded in 1553 and located in the northern Argentina, Santiago del Estero is the capital of Santiago del Estero Province.

Santiago del Estero was the first city founded by Spanish settlers in Argentina. For that reason the city is sometimes referred to as the “Madre de Ciudades” (Mother of Cities).

Santiago del Estero has a population of 250,000+ people, modern buildings, infrastructure, and wifi. The city is known for having a sizable Quecha-speaking community.

It’s also known as the birthplace of Chacarera music.

POPULATION: 252,192 (2010)


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Santiago del Estero is famous for its musical heritage, including as the birthplace of Chacarera music.

Chacarera is a typical folk music; you should definitely find a live musical show while you’re in town!

Chacarera Music
Chacarera Music

 

NOMAD & EXPAT COMMUNITY IN SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

Most travelers come to Santiago Del Estero while driving from Cordoba towards the northern cities of Salta, Tucumán, and Jujuy.

The expat community in Santiago Del Estero is probably close to zero.

A visit to Santiago Del Estero is an authentic Argentine experience.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

The center of town is Plaza Liberdad.

If you stay anywhere around there, you’ll be able to find everything you need within walking distance.

 

DAY TRIPS & THINGS TO DO IN SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

The two big tourist attractions in Santiago del Estero are Copo National Park and the Rio Hondo hotsprings.

Rio Hondo hotsprings are also known as the Termas de Rí0 Hondo.

Rio Hondo Hotsprings
Rio Hondo Hotsprings

The hotsprings are located about an hour outside of tour -perfect for a day trip or weekend away.

How to Get to Rio Hondo
How to Get to Rio Hondo

 

CAFES & COWORKING IN SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

Argentina has a big cafe culture, so finding an espresso is easy.

I recommend:

Cafe Martinez: A chain of cafes found all over Argentina. Will definitely have wifi but speeds can vary. 

Fattor Mitre: Wifi and air conditioning.

The Office Cafe-Bar: Wifi and coworking vibes.

Cafe Map in Santiago Del Estero
Cafes in Santiago Del Estero

 

BARS & NIGHTLIFE IN SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

6/10 

Most nightlife is in the Barrio Centro, with some of the boliches (nightclubs) located on the outskirts of the city.

In the Centro, there’s lots of bars walking distance from each other.

I recommend:

380 Bar: Standard bar with solid food options.

Bruno’s Bar: One of the most popular in the city.

Casa Tomada: Beer ba with big patio.

Casapinta: Beer bar in a colonial building.

Bars in Santiago Del Estero
Nightlife Map in Santiago Del Estero, Argentina

 

COST OF LIVING IN SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

According to LivingCost.org, you’ll need a minimum of $381 USD/month to live in Santiago Del Estero, Argentina.

Santiago Del Estero is pretty cheap!

Cost of Living in Santiago del Estero

IS SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO SAFE?

Santiago Del Estero is reasonably safe.

Keep in mind that the state of Santiago Del Estero is one of the poorer states in Argentina.

It also has a somewhat transitory population due to the location along the highways.

 

HOW TO GET TO SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

Santiago Del Estero is kind of a ‘highway city’, sandwiched between route 9 and route 34, on the banks of the Río Dulce.

Santiago Del Estero is located roughly 16 hour drive from Buenos Aires by car.

The closest major city is Tucumán.

How to Get from Buenos Aires to Santiago Del Estero

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Santiago Del Estero is a surprisingly modern and developed city.

It’s also a city with a rich cultural and musical history.

However, beyond the music and classic Argentina vibes, and it’s an average third tier city that will get boring quickly.

The city is well suited to digital nomads and travelers looking for decent wifi and infrastructure, an authentic experience, and a cheap place to stay.

OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10

 

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