Cathedral of Saint Sebastien, Presidente Prudente, São Paulo, Brazil

The Cathedral of Saint Sebastien de Presidente Prudente (municipality in the State of São Paulo, Brazil) is located in front of the square July 9th on the Avenue Coronel José Soares Marconde. The Cathedral was an old dream of the Vicar of Presidente Prudente, José Maria Martínez Sarrión. So, in 1927, he decided to create a commission to collect funds, formed by members of important families at the time: Armelin, Tenorio de Barros, Peretti, Toledo, Franco de Godoy among others.
The plan of the church was done by Francisco Oroz, the construction was realized and interpreted by Francisco Grotto and idealized by Luiz Mesquita. The curious thing is in the design that was in the form of a cross. Work began two years after the commission had been formed. Completed in 1949, the church became the referential point and pride of the city. The work was also done wishing it would become the seat of the diocese, which took place in 1961. It is 558km far away from the capital of the State of São Paulo.

Tips

The Cathedral is open everyday from 8:00 to 20:00 except Mondays (closed.
Don’t forget your camera; for the best images with natural light, make your visit between 8 h 00 and 17 h 00. The images are full of color and with the light of day, you will enjoy all this beauty of colors that will surprise you.
If you suffer with high temperatures, go early or later when the sun is going down because in the morning you have temperatures of 22-24 degrees but during the day, it can go up to 40-44 degrees.
Monsignor José María Martínez Sarrión’s relics lie in the Cathedral.

Salta, Argentina

Salta is a city in Argentina, capital of the province of the same name, located at the foot of the Andes in the fertile Lerma Valley at 1187 m. Thanks to its location, the city is well communicated with Bolivia and northern Chile. There is even a weekly flight that connects it to Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). It is also an important agricultural region with several export products (cereals, sugar cane, tobacco, etc.). The city is an episcopal seat. There are two universities, museums and libraries. Renowned for its colonial architecture, known as Salta la linda (Salta the Beautiful). It is a tourist place of course. To see: the Cabildo (City Council building), the Cathedral and San Francisco Church.

Tips

If you want to get a spectacular view of the city and the Lerma Valley, go to the Cerro San Bernardo (Mount St-Bernard, 200m). If you are going to spend a few days in the city, do not miss the opportunity to take the Train of the Clouds which climbs the Andes Cordillera in the province of Salta, on a railroad with sections that exceed 4000 meters of altitude, a rather special walk in the area of the Puna arriving at the small village of San Antonio de los Cobres located at more than 3500m. If you have heart problems, breathing problems or are pregnant, this is not recommended. If you like grills, you will find restaurants called Asador where you can taste all the parts of the cow by eating excellent Argentinian meat. Do not leave without having tasted the typical empanadas that according to the region from which they come, change a little the recipe and their ingredients. The empanadas of Salta are among the most famous of the country.

 

Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Chile

Viña del Mar is a town near Valparaíso, in the region of Valparaiso in Chile. It is located 120 kilometers from Santiago by road 68. It’s a seaside town surrounded by the cities of Valparaiso, Quilpué and Concon,; also known by its International Song Festival that was born in 1962 and takes place in February each year. The most famous beach is Reñaca. The city has hotels for all budgets even as a Casino. To see: the Botanical Garden, the clock of flowers, the natural park Gomez Carreño, the Vergara dock (which is being repaired), the open-air museum, the Fonck Museum (with a genuine Moai brought from the Easter Island), the Presidential Palace, the Wulff Castle, among others.

Tips

Although Viña del Mar is a seaside city, it is worthwhile to visit at any time of the year because it is a very rich cultural city with many museums, theaters, shopping malls and other interesting places.
You can stay in the city or just arrive by subway, bus or rental car if your destination is Valparaiso. If instead you are staying in Vina del Mar, a trip to Valparaiso would worth it.