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From the Littoral to the Impenetrable

Though the Qom Culture Route and the Chaco National Park. KM: 969

A circuit that combines the nature of the coast with the cultural richness of the inland
of the Chaco province. The beauty of the Paraná and Paraguay Rivers, the historic
Quebracho Route, the Qom Culture Route, and the Chaco and El Impenetrable
National Parks are some of its must-see attractions.

Route Sheet

  • Kilometres: 969
  • Road Type: 80% paved
  • Recommended Months: from March to November
  • Suggested Time: 5 to 7 days


KM 0


Multicultural city with theatres, museums, bars, and restaurants with regional cuisine.
It is the National Capital of Sculptures: more than 650 original works are displayed
along pedestrian streets, avenues, and parks.

Some of the green spaces that people can enjoy include: the 25 de Mayo central
square, Paseo de los Artesanos, the Parque de la Democracia, the Argüello Lagoon,
and the 2 de Febrero Park. Among the museums, people can visit the Provincial
Museum of Fine Arts, with works by renowned artists from Chaco, and the Hombre
Chaqueño Museum, displaying Chaco’s history and culture, which result from the
interaction of the original peoples, Creoles, and immigrants.

KM 53

Isla del Cerrito

To the east of Resistencia, taking National Route (RN) 16 and Provincial Route (RP)
63 for about 17 km, you will reach Puerto de Antequeras. From there, skirting the
coast of the Paraná River, follow a 36-kilometre gravel road up to Isla del Cerrito, an
ideal place for resting, connecting with nature, and discovering its history.

Here, there is a small horseshoe-shaped hill bounded by the channels of the
Paraguay and Paraná Rivers, and the Ancho or Atajo Stream. There are trails for
walking, and people can also ride horses, go cycling, boating, bird-watching, and

It has different types of accommodation, municipal inns, camping sites, and

KM 188

Colonia Elisa

Taking again the road to Resistencia and down the RN 16 and RP 9, you will arrive
in the village of Colonia Elisa, where you can visit rural buildings.

The Quebracho Route begins here, a historical circuit that guides you through the
history of logging in the province during the 20 th century. It goes through the village of
Capitán Solari, ending in the Chaco National Park.

KM 203

Capitán Solari and Chaco National Park

Capitán Solari is a good stop to get informed about the Chaco National Park at the
tourist office, and to stock up before visiting it.

The entrance gate is only 5 km from this town. This park is one of the best places to
discover the region’s nature, quebracho tree groves, caranday palm groves, and
savannahs. You can see black howlers, armadillos, red brockets, and if you are
lucky enough, tapirs, and anteaters. There are also more than 300 bird species.
It has an interpretation centre, a daytime picnic area, several pedestrian trails with
viewpoints, and two vehicular trails that can be covered on foot.

Find more information on the Chaco National Park here. A must-visit destination!

KM 252

General José de San Martín

Continuing along the RP 9, you will reach General José de San Martín, one of the
major cities in the province, famous for its carnivals (to learn about the history of this
great popular festival, visit the Carnival Museum).

It has green spaces, a local producer fair, and a wide range of accommodation
options in rural buildings.

KM 310

Presidencia Roca

Going down the RP 3, you reach Presidencia Roca, where the QOM Culture Route
begins. This route outlines a path that invites you to discover the world view of this
community and learn about their ancestral customs, language, dances, gastronomy,
and craft work with local raw materials, mainly done by women.

You can as well visit the Small Forts Museum, which also has a campsite.

KM 349

Pampa del Indio

In this town, you can visit the hall of the Madres Cuidadoras de la Cultura Qom
(Mother-Carers of the Qom Culture) and see their native animal craftwork.

Twenty km from this stop and following RP 4, you will reach the Pampa del Indio
Provincial Park, which has trails for walking and a wild camping area.

KM 395

Fortín Lavalle

One of the most significant places on the QOM Culture Route, where you can find
the Qom craftswomen centre called Qomlashepi Onataxanaxaipi, in which they
make palm crafts.

You can see them working and learn about the techniques of making crafts in a
basketmaking workshop, where they apply weaving techniques passed down
through generations.

KM 405

Villa Río Bermejito

This town has a campsite, a beach resort area, accommodation offers, and regional
cuisine. The Bermejito River has calm waters that flow across jungle landscapes full
of wild plants. Visitors can take boat and catamaran rides.

Five kilometres away, along a dirt road, you can visit La Pelole, a Qom community
that offers bird watching tours guided by locals. You can also meet the artisans of
the community and their crafts made with palm leaves.

Important: Prior notice to the community head is required to visit.

KM 473

Juan José Castelli

The city known as the gate to Chaco’s legendary Impenetrable. It has
accommodation offers, a petrol station, and markets.

Its strong immigrant imprint (many of its inhabitants descend from Russians and
Germans), and the presence of native communities (mainly Qom) blend up, creating
a cultural diversity that can be experienced through the traditions and gastronomy.

The Qom women’s cooperative, called Lashelpi Alpi, can also be visited; it has a
handicraft shop.

KM 519


In this village, there is a small Wichi community and a Qom community. People can
visit the N Texanaxaqui Qom’s Craftswomen Association and see how they make
wooden crafts. In Miraflores, you will find accommodation options, a petrol station,
and markets.

Before going on with the route to the El Impenetrable National Park, check the road
condition at the park administration office downtown or at the Miraflores tourist office.
It is also important to stock up on fuel and food.

KM 578

Paraje La Armonía and El Impenetrable National Park

Following a dirt road (which must be done in a high vehicle, preferably 4x4), you
reach Paraje La Armonía, where the Asociación Vecinos de La Armonía offers
excursions and different activities to experience in nature. The main access gate to
the El Impenetrable National Park, one of the newest and largest in northern
Argentina, is here.

Protecting thousands of species and ancient cultures, the area preserves local
emblematic animals, such as anteaters, tapirs, peccaries, giant armadillos, and
jaguars. There is an emerging activity offer, with trails for walking and cycling, and
kayaking trips on the Bermejito River. It is an ideal place for bird watching (there are
more than 300 species) and photographic safaris. There is a glamping near the
entrance to the park, and a campsite with services inside.

More information on the Impenetrable National Park here. A must-visit destination.

KM 801

Presidencia Roque Saenz Peña

It is the second most important city in Chaco, and it stands out for its hot springs.
They are the only hot springs in the entire Chaco-Paraná plain, and one of the best
in terms of medicinal properties.

It is also known for its foreign community influence, for which events commemorating
the customs of their ancestors are held throughout the year.

KM 969


End of the tour.

Useful information

- If you are going to travel by plane, Resistencia has an international airport.

- From March to November is the best time to visit the area. From December to February, temperatures are very high.

- Check the weather forecast before taking dirt roads and, especially, if you are
visiting the Chaco and El Impenetrable National Parks (on rainy days, you may not
be able to access roads).

- Do not forget to fuel up in Juan José Castelli or Miraflores before visiting El
Impenetrable National Park.

- Wear light clothing, comfortable shoes, and a hat, and bring insect repellent,
sunscreen, and a bottle of water to remain hydrated.

- Remember to camp only in permitted places. Use bags for all your litter, and
always take the rubbish with you. Set up campfires only in authorised places, and
put it out with plenty of water.