We were not born, but we grew up and lived our entire adolescence in the city, taking it as our own. In this article we tell you things to do in Pergamino, the city where we grew up.
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Things to do in Pergamino
Basically, we grew up in this city. It was almost 13 years in which we strengthened important bonds of friendship, where we educated ourselves.
Pergamino is a city that is well located. It is located at northwest of the city of Buenos AiresIt is not far from there, only 225 kilometers of highway (promise of highway and dual carriageway) and on the way to the province of Córdoba. A route traveled by giant trucks, which move from the capital to the countryside or to other provinces.
It is also very close to another of Argentina’s most important cities, Rosario.
1) A little history about Pergamino
Parchment does not have a very ancient history and it is not known exactly why it was named or when it was founded. Legend has it that the name of the city is due to the fact that some parchment scrolls were found in the stream of the same name. It is a fantasy version although it is neither impressive nor amazing.
Some scholars of the indigenous language of the region attribute the name of Pergamino to an indigenous Spanish word meaning “reddish earth”.However, most theories indicate that it was some parchment found somewhere, or the use of animal hides as parchment.
The theme that one of the first paradores or rest stops was called “la Dormida de Pergamino“. Therefore, Pergamino was a place of passage and an obligatory stop for the wagons that at the time, in the 19th century and before, went from the capital to the provinces of central and northwestern Argentina.
Today, the city has no more than 100,000 inhabitants, and we don’t all know each other, despite what many people think. Houses in the city are usually low, with two or one floor. There are very few tall buildings, although I found many more on my last visit, but it is not what abounds.
2) Things to do in Pergamino, the creek
The creek crosses the city and practically divides it in two. It is a meeting point for the locals, next to the Municipal Park that is next to it, especially to practice sports or walk on the embankment, or sit down to drink some mates and contemplate the stream. It is one of the main attractions to see in Pergamino.
3) The Pergamino Railway Station
Although it is now non-existent, at one time the railroad was very important in the area. The town’s train station is now a museum with free admission.
4) Plaza Merced, the church and the City Hall
Like most Argentine cities, the city grows around a main square, which here is called Plaza Merced. In front of it are the municipality (city hall), the Merced Church, a bank, a private school and a social club.
5) The San Nicolas pedestrian street, one of the attractions to do in Pergamino.
Pergamino has a pedestrian walkway of about four blocks, where the main shopping area of the city is located, although this range has now increased to the surrounding streets.
6) Blessed Maria Crescencia Perez
In Pergamino we have María Crescencia Pérez, whose remains rest in the chapel of the Orchard. She was an Argentinean nun who in 2012 was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI, to whom several miracles are attributed.
7) Avenida de Mayo and San Nicolas Norte, center of the nightlife.
Fashions also pass in Pergamino. At the time,Specktra was the largest bowling alley in South America and was filled with people from all the surrounding cities. It had many years of splendor, but then came its decline. It went completely out of fashion and nothing was ever the same again.
Currently, most of the nightclubs and pubs are located on the main avenue of the city and a stretch of San Nicolas Street.
8) Douglas Haig Club
And I can’t fail to mention the soccer team with the most history in the city. Known as the Milan of Pergamino, Douglas Haig, with its characteristic red and black colors, is currently in the third division of Argentine soccer, but has had many spells in the B Nacional (second division). Juan is a big fan of Douglas.
For soccer lovers, the Douglas stadium is one of the places you have to see in Pergamino.
9) Things to do in Pergamino, the Car House
Located on Route 8, near the city’s Bus Terminal, this curious house in the shape of a racing car is a tribute by Arcadio Ninona, a car racing enthusiast, to his son, who was a competitor. On site, he built a replica of a Ford 38, the car his son raced. It is a very original construction and in fact it was highlighted several times both nationally and internationally.
Where to stay in Pergamino?
The city’s hotels are located on Avenida de Mayo, the city’s main artery, and in the downtown area.
Centrally located, one of the pioneers in Pergamino, with a good price and close to the pedestrian street is the Americano Hotel. It has spacious rooms and a very good breakfast.
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