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Walking Through La Cumbrecita

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A March 2006 trip to Cordoba by Robert Raymond Ingledew

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Quote: I really enjoy every single trip I take to La Cumbrecita. It is an alpine style village founded last century by German settlers, that had to go four days on horseback from Alta Gracia to reach their final destination. And they transformed this arid rocky ground into a real paradise.

Walking Through La Cumbrecita

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I have gone many times to this beautiful spot, where you must get around walking, because vehicle traffic is prohibited inside the village. You are only allowed to go in with your car, and park it at the hotel, but you are not allowed to use it inside the village. A walk to La Hoya, where you can see (small) rainbow trout swimming in the pool is a must. Fly-fishing is allowed there (catch and release). Just in front of La Hoya, one of the popular spots for bathing, you will find a very nice restaurant. I really enjoyed their food, and spent some 6 or 7 dollars for my meal. That seems a lot of money here in Argentina, but not for a foreign tourist. They also had delicious German cakes, bu...Read More
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Alta Gracia has many attractions, although the main one is probably the Virrey Liniers museum; it has this name because it was handed over by the Spanish Crown to Viceroy Liniers, probably as a reward for having leaded the resistance to the English Invasions to Buenos Aires. Originally it belonged to the Alta Gracia Jesuit Ranch, and is three and a half centuries old, including El Tajamar, a very important dam used at that for providing water and to the ranch and the original village, constructed over three centuries ago. The Alta Gracia Jesuit ranch is nearly four centuries old, and includes what is today the Virrey Liniers museum in the former Jesuit residence, the cathedral, and the complete wat...Read More
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The Los Molinos dam and lake is one of the most attractive spots in the Province of Córdoba. After we leave Alta Gracia, we pass through some tourist villages like Anisacate, la Bolsa, and Villa Ciudad América, amongst others. It is a winding road between foothills that is very colorful. Villa Ciudad América was founded during World War II by the Peronist Government of Argentina, just in case if Argentina were invaded by any of the countries involved in the war, with the intention of moving the capital of the country over there. Argentina remained neutral (at least in appearance) during the whole war, and only declared the war to Germany when the outcome of World War II was certain. It was really a ta...Read More
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The Los Reartes river is a nice place for fishing rainbow trout, although you will probably get better results at La Cumbrecita, where only fly-fishing, catch and release is allowed. Actually the first small village we go through after visiting the Los Molinos dam and lake is Los Reartes, a very small residential area, about 4 miles before Villa General Belgrano, that we will visit on the way back. It is crossed by a medium-sized river, where rainbow trout fishing is possible, although I have been told that La Cumbrecita is a better place for trout fishing. Actually I have seen trout swimming at La Hoya in La Cumbrecita, but it would be easier to fish trout at Los Reartes, because the river runs fast,...Read More
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Villa General Belgrano was founded in 1940 by the German Community and still has an alpine traditional flavor. It is a medium-sized village (not yet a city, since it has 6,500 inhabitants) and a very pleasant place where to be. Hotels are not cheap, and this is probably to conserve the "status" of the village with medium and high-income tourists. The first two weeks of October they hold the Oktoberfest, that really fascinated me by the colourful parade. It is also an ideal place for tasting delicious Alpine cakes, German food, or drinking beer (they manufacture 14 different artisan varieties there). You will find very few economy hotels in this area. But there are dozens of apart hotels and bungalo...Read More