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Carcarana River

The Carcarana River is a river in Argentina. It is born at the confluence of the Rio Tercero and the Saladillo River (the lower course of the Rio Cuarto) in the south-east of the province of Cordoba and flows eastward into the province of Santa Fe, which it crosses.

In Santa Fe the river first turns south, then east and finally north-east, passing by the city of Carcarana. It receives the waters of the Canada de Gomez , develops cascades and becomes encased in ravines up to 20 m high. It then turns north and empties into the Coronda River, south of Gaboto (the Coronda then promptly empties into the Parana River).

The Carcarana basin comprises 2% of the territory of Santa Fe and 4% of its population lives within it. It has a total length of 240 km and it is navigable only by medium ships. It passes by or near the cities and towns of Inriville, Los Surgentes and Cruz Alta in Cordoba, and Arteaga, San Jose de la Esquina, Los Nogales, Arequito, Los Molinos, Casilda, Carcarana, Andino and Gaboto in Santa Fe, traversing one of the richest agricultural districts in the world.

The Carcarana's potential for the generation of hydroelectricity was taken advantage of since the 19th century and until the 1930s.


The mouth of the Carcarana River was the location of the first European settlement in the Rio de la Plata region and present-day Argentina. In 1527 Sebastian Cabot, a Venetian at the service of Spain, established the Sancti Spiritus Fort there. Years later this was also the meeting point of Juan de Garay, founder of the city of Santa Fe, and the envoy of Jeronimo Luis de Cabrera, founder of Cordoba.


Santa Fe - Hidrografia

Timbues Turistico - Website of Timbues, Santa Fe, with historical information.

Satellite view of the city of Carcarana

Articles on [[:es:Carcarana|Carcarana]] and [[:es:Rio Carcarana|Rio Carcarana]] in the [[:es:|Spanish Wikipedia]].

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