Tierra Santa – a Christian theme park

A theme park dedicated to the stories of Jesus isn’t something you would expect in Buenos Aires. But it’s attracting more than just families.

Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. A journalist for more than 20 years, he's been travelling the world since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle and has been travelling full time for a decade.


We’ve all heard about the kids who beg their parents for a trip to Disneyland. Perhaps you even were one of those kids. What you don’t often hear, though, are stories about children begging to be taken to a theme park all about Jesus.

“Mummy, I want to go and see Christ turn water into wine! I want to see him betrayed and I want to see him denied three times! I wanna wanna wanna!”

Still, someone in Buenos Aires thought a theme park dedicated to the stories of The Bible was a good idea and so ‘Tierra Santa’ was born. Again. Ok, no, just once, sorry.

One of the ways to get to Tierra Santa is with the Buenos Aires Hop-On Hop-Off Bus that has 22 stops around the city.

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

There are no rollercoasters, no log rides, no Ferris wheels or fairy floss at Tierra Santa. There is a carousel with manger animals but, other than that, the attractions are all about the life of Jesus.

The entire theme park has been made into ye olde biblical village, designed to make visitors feel as if they have been transported back to the time of the New Testament.

Even the staff are dressed as Roman soldiers or peasant women. Peasant women with mobile phones, apparently.

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Walking through the theme park is like walking through the books of The Bible.

The stories of Jesus are told through dioramas in houses and displays in the streets. Statues of guards whipping Jesus; Lazarus rising from his tomb; merchants in the temple; and, of course, the crucifixion.

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Throughout the day there are regular shows to highlight the most important moments in the narrative.

That’s right – it took God six days to create the universe but you can experience it in just 20 minutes through a sound and light extravaganza.

There’s also the Last Supper show (also with sound and light) and the Nativity scene.

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The centrepiece of the theme park’s regular events is the hourly resurrection of Jesus. An 18-metre-high statue rises from within a mountain while ‘Hallelujah’ booms from the speakers.

However, there was a mechanical problem that delayed his rising slightly when I was there.

Perhaps it was a reminder of the limits of technology in a world where miracles no longer exist. As was the plane which took off from the airport right next to Tierra Santa and drowned out the choir of angels as Christ was finally resurrected.

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

For those with a hunger, you can eat at Noah’s Ark, The Gates of Damascus, or the Salem Pizzeria.

There’s more than just loaves and fish, although probably not enough to feed 5000. But nothing is out of theme in Tierra Santa and in the markets robed women sell headscarves and jewellery of the times.

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

One of the most interesting aspects of the theme park was the demographics of the visitors.

Parents brought their young children, three generations of a family strolled around together and even young couples (one which made out during most of the creation show) spent the afternoon exploring the sights of the village.

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Obviously, religion is a much more important part of the culture in South America than it is in many other places of the world. What might feel a bit strange for some people is much more acceptable in Buenos Aires.

A trip to Tierra Santa is a way for a family to have a fun day out within the context of their faith.

I know I made some jokes in this post – but at the same time, it’s hard not to respect the wholesome family entertainment that the theme park represents.

Visiting Tierra Santa

It’s definitely not your standard Buenos Aires attraction, but there are a few reasons you might want to visit Tierra Santa.

Perhaps you’ve got kids you want to entertain, perhaps you have an interest in the Christian story, or perhaps you just want to see something a bit different.

Whatever the reason, Tierra Santa is well put together and you won’t be disappointed as long as you know what to expect.

Although it’s out of the centre of Buenos Aires, it’s quite easy to get to Tierra Santa. If there’s a group of you, a taxi might be the easiest option. But there are also bus and train connections. (The train is a bit more straightforward but will involve a walk from the station.)

Right near the entrance, there’s also a stop for the Buenos Aires Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, which is a good way to see the city’s main sights.

If you’re driving, Tierra Santa has a parking lot with fees of 5000 ARS (US$5.75) for cars and 3500 (US$4) for motorcycles.

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

There are quite a few things to do at Tierra Santa and I would recommend at least two hours here – although you could easily spend half a day if you wanted to see all the shows and have a relaxed meal. (I think you would struggle to spend more than that, though.)

There are scheduled live musical shows daily to entertain visitors of all ages, including a puppet show for the youngest visitors. They will all be in Spanish but it’s easy enough for anyone to follow along.

The shows (including the popular resurrection of Christ) run either every hour or every half hour, so you don’t need to plan too much to catch them all.

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A few other bits of useful visitor information:

  • Admission tickets can only be purchased at the box office on the day of the visit.
  • There are four restaurants within Tierra Santa, if you want to plan your visit around a meal time.
  • Souvenirs are available at the shops.
  • The park is wheelchair accessible and offers wheelchair rent for 1500 ARS (US$1.70)

Also, keep in mind that the park has around 40 buildings, activities, and performances. Although it’s not a massive site, you’ll do a fair bit of walking around, so consider wearing comfortable shoes and clothes – including sun protection.

Where is Tierra Santa?

Tierra Santa is located in the Costanera Norte of the City of Buenos Aires. The address is Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado 5790, C1425 Cdad. Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
You can see it on a map here.

How do you get to Tierra Santa?

To get to Tierra Santa in Buenos Aires, Argentina, you have several options:
By bus: You can take a bus from 318 Paseo Colon Av. to 6841 Obligado Rafael Av. Costanera. The bus service, Buenos Aires Colectivos, operates every 10 minutes and the journey takes about 30 minutes.
Another bus route is from 463 Callao Av. to 6703 Obligado Rafael Av. Costanera.
By train: The train service, Ferrovias, operates from Retiro to Ciudad Universitaria every 20 minutes, and the journey takes about 15 minutes. You’ll then have to walk about 20 minutes.
By taxi or car: A ride from central Buenos Aires to Tierra Santa will only take about 10 minutes

When is Tierra Santa open?

Tierra Santa is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 16:00 – 22:00.

What is the Tierra Santa entrance fee?

The standard entrance fee to Tierra Santa is 20,000 ARS (US$23), and 5,000 ARS (US$5.75) for children aged 3 – 11 years old.

You can see more at the official website of Tierra Santa.

There are a few other interesting sights nearby that you could combine with a visit to Tierra Santa, such as Parque Norte, the Monumento Belgrano de Fontana, and the Planetario Galileo Galilei.

And back in town, some of my top suggestions for things to do in Buenos Aires include a street art tour, a visit to the Casa Rosada, and San Telmo Market.


If you stay close to the city centre of BA, you’ll be near many of the main sights and have easy access to other neighbourhoods.


For a backpacker option, Che Juan Hostel is modern and comfortable with good privacy.


With great value and a central location, River Hotel is a good option if you’re on a budget.


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22 thoughts on “Tierra Santa – a Christian theme park”

  1. Whoa, that looks insane. It’s funny how most of the stories told to kids in generations past, whether it be Bible stories or the Brothers Grimm, are actually pretty horrific when you think about it. This is definitely the strangest theme park I’ve heard about!

  2. its a lovely place, I had never heard of a theme park based on life of Jesus. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am sure one day this park will be full of people from around the world.

  3. This does look like a pretty special trip, I had no idea such a place existed. I bet the shows are something else as when you are in such a realistic environment things often seem a lot more “real”!

  4. Love your write up as well as all the great photos!

    Y’know, I could actually see a Bible theme park going over big in some parts of Texas…

    Thanks again for being part of this week’s Traveler’s Show & Tell blog carnival. I always enjoy your posts. 🙂



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