Rosario, Argentina is a bustling city in the province of Santa Fe. It is the largest city in the province and the third largest city in the country by population. Both business and tourism are currently on the rise in this well-located city, settled in a curve of the great Paraná River. Rosario offers a little bit of everything to travelers, from classical Spanish and Italian architecture to the newest modern buildings, from parks and islands to museums and shopping malls. Accommodation ranges from 5-star international hotels to friendly hostels, and restaurants serve everything from international gourmet cuisine to local fish specialties. In this vibrant city, there are options for every budget and interest.
The city offers a wealth of culture and entertainment. Visitors can watch and learn about the famous Argentinean tango dance at the House of Tango Cultural Center, take in a show at theaters such as La Comedia, listen to live music at the Rosario Jazz Festival, and see renowned works of art at institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Art. Sidewalk cafes and restaurants offer food and drink in the balmy open air, and countless bars and discos heat up the night life.
Visitors can explore the Paraná River by taking a cruise, seeing beautiful views of the city and lush surrounding islands. The islands have walking paths, campsites, and cabins and are well worth exploring. Kayaking along the river's mighty current as well as participating in extreme sports such as hang-gliding are options for the adventurous. In the city itself, visitors wishing to enjoy the outdoors can ride bicycles and horses or walk through the city's lovely parks, full of statues and fountains. Riverfront beaches such as La Florida offer relaxation in the sun.
Rosario also offers fascinating historical points of interest. General Manuel Belgrano, one of Argentina's main forefathers, created the national flag of Argentina while in the city of Rosario. The Flag Monument, located in the city's National Flag Park, commemorates this event and houses General Belgrano's remains. For a taste of more recent history, visitors can walk by the house where Che Guevara spent his childhood.
The fertile region of the Paraná upper delta drew numerous emigrants upriver from Buenos Aires in the late 19th and early 20th century, settling the land that would eventually become the city of Rosario. The emigrants were primarily Spanish and Italian in origin, seeking better lives for themselves and their children. Their hard work resulted in a city with a strong foundation and work ethic. Six universities, two technology transfer institutes and eighteen research establishments ensure education and innovation for future generations.
The city continues to develop at a fast pace. President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner recently made plans for a $1.5 billion high-speed railway connecting Rosario to Buenos Aires. The resulting train will travel up to 320 kilometers per hour. The old northern port area of the city is in the process of transformation to a planned modern urban development, known as Puerto Norte.
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