7 Days - 6 Nights
Villa Carlos Paz
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7 days - 6 nights
Day 1 - Knowing Córdoba
Welcome to Argentina. Reception and transfer from Ezeiza International Airport (Buenos Airtes City) to Jorge Newbery Airport. Transfer from Córdoba Airport to the hotel.
We begin our tour around the city of Cordoba. During the excursion we can observe the influence of colonial times in the architecture, contrasting with modern designs. The places of interest we visit are the San Martin Square, before called Plaza Mayor, to stroll around the historical and cultural quarters of the old town, today the microcentre. Places of interest are: the Cathedral, the Cabildo, Santa Catalina Convent, the Cripta del Noviciado, the Oratorio del Obispo Mercadillo, the Compañía de Jesús Church founded by San Ignacio de Loyola located on the Jesuit Square in downtown, The Monserrat National School which is the second oldest in Argentina, after the Inmaculada Concepción School in Santa Fe, from 1687. It was in this school where the first printing company in the country worked. We continue to the Sagrado Corazón Church which belongs to the Capuchin Priests outstanding for its neo-gothic architecture designed by the Italian Augusto Ferrari, then we go to the Nueva Córdoba neighbourhood, the Sarmiento Park, the Ciudad Universitaria (University Campus), until we arrive at the centre of the metropolis. Finally, we go by the Chateau Carreras Stadium and other attractions. After finishing this circuit, we return to the hotel.
Day 2 - Calamuchita Valley
Breakfast at the hotel. We set off to the Calamuchita Valley, towards the city of Alta Gracia, 35km away from the provincial capital. Alta Gracia is located on the Paravachasca Valley, it is a mainly touristic site where there used to be a Jesuit ranch. Once we arrive, we visit the Museo Estancia Jesuítica (Jesuit Ranch Museum) and Viceroy Liniers´s House built in 1588, the characteristic Tajamar, also built by the Jesuits in 1643 as a water reserve for watering crops which ended forming a lake.
The journey continues on a route that goes through the mountain towns along the valley like Anisacate, Villa La Bolsa, La Serranita, Villa Ciudad de América, and following this attractive mountain road we arrive at the Dique Los Molinos (Los Molinos Dam). We continue with the itinerary to Villa General Belgrano, located on the Calamuchita Valley. The Bavarian architecture is typical here due to the mostly German imigration as well as Swiss, Italian and Austrian. The natural environment is really beautiful, with coniferous and oak forests together with streams which define the mountain landscape. We return to Córdoba City in the afternoon.
Day 3 - The route of the Jesuít Estancias
Breakfast in the hotel. We leave early to start this trip by the Cordoba roads to the town of Jesús María following the same route as the old Camino Real to Alta Peru. There we visit the Jesuít museum, a 17th century Jesuít Estancia, and go on to see the Doma and Folklore Amphitheatre and Colonia Caroya, a town of Italian immigrants that are famous for their making of sausages and preserves. Also we enter the Casa Caroya, where operated the first manufacturer of swords and knives that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. At this house stayed General Belgrano and General José Don de San Martín, fathers of the Republic. After, we go to the church and the Estancia Catalina and on to the locality of Ascochinga. Continuing in the direction south we pass El Manzano, Salsipuedes and the River Ceballos. Finally we make our way back to Córdoba.
In the middle of 2000, UNESCO recommended to name the Camino de las Estancias and la Manzana Jesuítica de Córdoba as Patrimony to Humanity. The monuments that we see in this trip show the origins, progression and consolidation of the work of the Compañía de Jesús in all South America. All their architectural works are true testimony to their socio-economic, cultural and religious system that operated in Córdoba for more than 200 years. In Córdoba the works consist of La Manzana Jesuítica de Córdoba in conjunction with the church of la Compañía de Jesús, the Rectory of the Universidad Nacional and the Colegio Monserrat. But in the Camino de las Estancias we find other works that form part of this system such as the Estancia Catalina, La Capilla de Candonga, La Casa del Virrey Liniers (Ex-Estancia de Alta Gracia) and the Estancia de la Candelaria. The contextual systems such as these can only be seen in one place outside of Córdoba and that is in the Jesuít Missions in the province of Missiones. Their territorial system has to this day conserved its integrity and was fundamental in the structure and maintenance of the Spanish cultural organisation in South America.
Day 4 - Traslasierra, Altas Cumbres: Mina Clavero & Cura Brochero
Breakfast at the hotel. We leave the capital of Córdoba taking the same road to Villa Carlos Paz. After leaving Carlos Paz behind, we approach San Antonio de Arredondo and Icho Cruz to enter the Camino de las Altas Cumbres (High Peaks Road). The journey goes through Copina, La Pampilla and El Cóndor, the highest point in the itinerary. During the journey we see the Pampa de Achála which spreads on the Córdoba Mountains, defining the typical wild landscape of the region. It is a very steep zone with little vegetation, located some 1,500m over sea level. It is formed by the Cumbres de Achála and the Sierra de Comechingones, it is a zone of deep canyons, being the most important one the Quebrada del Condorito. We stop where the Mina Clavero River starts.
We continue our tour descending to find an homonymous town, which is the tourist centre of the Valle de Traslasierra, characterized by its natural landcapes and beautiful beaches. We also get to know a town called Cura Brochero, continuing to Nono, Las Rabonas and Los Hornillos. Cura Brochero is named after José Gabriel Brochero, known as the Cura Gaucho (Gaucho Priest). When returning we will enjoy a trapping sight of the Dique la Viña, to finally return to Córdoba.
Day 5 - La Cumbrecita
Breakfast in the hotel. We go to visit some of the other charms of Córdoba including the Calamuchita Valley. We advance by the mountain road until we arrive at the Los Molinos Dam, where the excellent panoramic views are wonderful to photograph. We arrive at the Villa General Belgrano where the majority of the residents speak their original language. From there we go to La Cumbrecita, a village in the middle of the Sierras Grandes, by taking a mountainous route. La Cumbrecita has diverse nationalities especially Swiss Germans and their contribution to the Alpine style architecture, that can be found immersed in beautiful conifer woods irrigated by waterfalls in a unique landscape, is well defined. It is an ideal place to relax. We go on to visit Peñón del Aguila where there is a perfect conjunction of the virgin nature, woods, rivers and gorges to give a mountain adventure and there is a circuit prepared for 'el canopy y tirolesas'. Late afternoon we return to the hotel. If you want to see other excursion options in Córdoba, click here: Tours in Córdoba.
Day 6 - Villa Carlos Paz
Breakfast at the Hotel. Free day to rest or optional activities or to visit Villa Carlos Paz. Are you can make kayak in Los Molinos, a mountain ride, trekking by the Quebrada del Condorito national park or have 4 x 4 Overland by the high peaks or the Cerro Champaqui.
Optional -Villa Carlos Paz
We visit Villa Carlos Paz, going through the mountain town of La Calera, then we continue by the route which goes around the Suquía river banks along the "Camino de las Cien Curvas" (Road of 100 Curves) till we are near the Dique San Roque. We stop at it to watch the dam and the wonderful view of the lake. We continue climbing up to Villa Carlos Paz, located on the Punilla Valley, on the shore of the San Roque Lake and at the foot of the Altas Cumbres (the High Peaks). This is the most important tourist place of Córdoba province, founded in 1915. We start our return back to Córdoba City along the Ingeniero Allende Posse Highway. If you want to see other excursion options in Córdoba, click here: Tours in Córdoba.
Day 7 - Córdoba - Return to Buenos Aires
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Córdoba Airport. Reception and transfer from Buenos Aires Airport (Domestic Airport) to Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires. End of our services.