|Province||Santiago del Estero|
|Founded||September 16, 1912|
|Elevation||191 m (627 ft)|
|Time zone||ART (UTC-3)|
|Dialing code||+54 385|
La Banda is a city in the province of Santiago del Estero, Argentina. It has about 95,000 inhabitants as per the 2001 census [INDEC], making it the second largest in the province. It is the head town of the Banda Department.
La Banda is located only 8 km away from the provincial capital Santiago del Estero, separated from it by the course of the Dulce River, which is crossed by two connecting bridges. The two cities form a metropolitan area with about 280,000 inhabitants. Close to it, the Dulce is turned into an artificial lake by the Los Quiroga Dam.
La Banda emerged during the nineteenth century as a small agricultural town that supplied the neighboring city of Santiago del Estero. On September 16, 1912 La Banda was elevated to city status.
The first Maternity Hospital in La Banda was built by Decree No. 928 Series, dated 1941.
Access to La Banda
- West Access 1: "Puente Carretero", through National Route RN 64 : Main entrance to the city, and most of the provincial traffic National Route RN 9 from Jujuy, Salta and Tucuman and RN 64 from Catamarca, to the junction with RN 34 to Rosario and Buenos Aires.
- West Access 2: "Puente Nuevo", by the "Autopista Santiago - La Banda".
- South Access: RN 34, for traffic going south.
- Access: by RP 5, from the Departamentos Figueroa y Alberdi.
- Access Northeast: RP 11 from Clodomira, La Aurora, Las Delicias.
- Northwest Access: RP 8 from Los Quiroga, Los Acosta, Chaupi Pozo, Ardiles.
- Southwest Access: by MOP 1, from La Bajada, Los Romanos, Los Pereyra, Brea Pozo.