La Rioja is the capital city of the Argentine province of La Rioja, located on the east of the province. The city has a population of c. 150,000.
La Rioja is located on the foot of the Velasco Sierras, 1,167 km (730 miles) from Buenos Aires, and 430 km (270 miles) from Córdoba.
It is one of the most arid and least populated provinces of Argentina.
The Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport (International airport code: IRJ) is 7 km (5 miles) away from La Rioja, and serves regular flights to Buenos Aires and Catamarca.