Rosario

Rosario is the third largest city in Argentina and the largest city in Santa Fe province. It is located at the Paraná river, known for its rich architectonic heritage and beautiful riverside scenery, and offers a vibrant cultural and night life.

The city itself has about 950.000 inhabitants, but considering the suburbs it rivals Córdoba in importance, with about 1,5 million living in the metro area. Economically it is the second most important port of the country and an important industrial hub, with a large and renowned university.

Understand

The third most populated city of the country, Rosario is gradually becoming a tourism destination. The attractive city center has some of the finest art nouveau buildings in Argentina. Also, Rosario has developed a good skyline in the area near the river. There are lots of beautiful parks, good riverside beaches for the hot summer days, and many museums.

Rosario has a reputation for being one the most liberal and tolerant cities of the country. It has a vibrant LGBT scene and is governed by socialist mayors since the 1980s.

Being located at a major drug-trafficking route, Rosario has a somewhat bad reputation for being a hub of crime - one of the nicknames is Little Chicago - but tourists normally won't get affected, as the problematic neighborhoods are well outside of the city center and the interesting areas for tourists are not more dangerous than in Buenos Aires or Córdoba.

Weather

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 30.8 29.5 27.0 23.4 20.2 16.5 16.4 18.3 20.7 23.6 26.6 29.5
Nightly lows (°C) 17.7 17.0 15.2 11.7 8.3 5.3 5.3 5.7 7.6 10.9 13.8 16.4
Precipitation (mm) 104.5 116.4 164.6 79.7 46.7 36.6 36.8 36.7 61.6 91.8 98.3 120.0
Sunshine (hrs/day) 10.1 9.6 7.9 7.2 6.1 5.0 5.3 6.5 6.7 7.5 9.0 9.4

Sources: NOAA and UNLP (sun only). See weather forecast at Servicio Meteorológico Nacional

Rosario has a temperate climate, and is known for changeable weather conditions. The average annual high is 23.4°C (74.1°F) and the low is 11.6°C (52.9°F). The annual rainfall is 1,038 mm (40.9 in). Summers are hot and humid with thunderstorms that can bring a lot of precipitation. However, sunny days are common. Spring and fall have pleasant weather, featuring warm days and cool nights. Winters are generally cool though occasional cold air masses from the south can cause temperatures to drop below freezing. However, sunny weather and warm days can also occur during winters.

Get in

By plane

There are daily flights (50 min) from Buenos Aires Aeroparque Airport and Ezeiza Airport, although still the more convenient way to get into the city is to hire transport at EZE Airport. It is a four hour trip. There are also flights from/to Brazil, Perú and Uruguay.

By train

On most days there are two trains to and from Buenos Aires. After a renovation in 2015 the service is improving slowly. The trains take six hours and the price difference compared with taking a bus is not worth it. Also consider that in Argentina it is common for shantytowns to be established on land belonging to the national railway company.

Twice a week there are trains to Córdoba (via Villa María) and San Miguel de Tucumán (via Santiago del Estero). These trains are still very cheap (as of 2015), but slow and you must reserve your ticket well in advance. The train service to the provincial capital Santa Fe is still suspended.

By car

Two freeways (autopistas) connect Rosario with Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, and to Cordoba. Locals take the bus, a remisse (a private taxi service), or hail one of the many taxis roaming the area.

By bus

The most convenient way of travelling in Argentina. There are many buses departing daily from the Rosario bus station to almost every city in the country. It is also possible to travel by bus to southern Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. EGA bus lines operates a daily bus direct to Montevideo leaving at 23:50 and arriving in Montevideo at 08:30 next morning.

Get around

By bus

The only forms of public transportation in Rosario are above ground: the bus system and a trolleybus line. As in other Argentine cities, there is a system with rechargeable prepaid cards.

By bicycle

Rosario is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Argentina. The cycleway network is almost as large as the Buenos Aires one, although the city is significantly smaller, and the flat topography makes the city ideal for using this kind of transport. There is a public bicycle renting system with automatic stations.

See

Do

Rosario is swimming with things to do for both tourists and locals. Providing an adventurous variety of services such as: kayaking, biking, skydiving, horseback riding, sailboating, Spanish classes, dance classes in both folklore and tango, guitar and drum classes, as well as capoiera and many others.

You can go to the beach at the river's edge, locally referred to as La Florida, to enjoy a cold drink on a summer's day, or cross the river to the island and spend a day at the beach. Either way you will find a wide variety of bars and restaurants with a spectacular view of the Parana!

Also known for their nightlife, which amazingly starts around 02:00 (with luck) and ends as the sun is coming up, Rosario counts on a large variety of night clubs and discos to dance the night away!

Rosario is also known as the Salsa Capital of Argentina. Wednesdays and Sundays are the most popular days at Willie Dixon's.

Buy

American travellers might be surprised to see that many of the goods sold in “el centro” (city centre / downtown), are much like that in any mall. Goods that might interest travellers, however, are the leather handbags, wallets, belts, and accessories. A must-see shop in that area is Raices, the perfect shop to pick up a purse or mate set.

Also note that, although the currency difference, apparel, shoes, handbags, etc., are not that much cheaper than in the US. If you're looking for a bargain, stick to the street vendors and artisans posted up around El Centro and the park surrounding the Argentine Flag Monument.

A great store not found in Buenos Aires (possibly anywhere in Argentina) is called Underworld. It is found in a number of locations in Rosario and stocks different and interesting t-shirts and other funky clothes and accessories for girls.

Eat

Budget

Mid-range


Splurge

Drink

Rosario is known for having big nightclub nights all week long. Ask around to find out where the hip place is for the night you want to go out and don't plan to be home until the morning. It is also famous for having a disproportionately large woman/man ratio (more women).

Sleep

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