Villa Carlos Paz Journals

Villa Carlos Paz, the Tourist Capital of Cordoba

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An October 2006 trip to Villa Carlos Paz by Robert Raymond Ingledew

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Quote: I have been living here for seven months, and have not yet discovered all the charming places that surround the area. It is the second most important tourist destination in Argentina, after Mar del Plata and before Bariloche. The climate is wonderful.

Villa Carlos Paz, the Tourist Capital of Cordoba

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Villa Carlos Paz is a charming tourist village, that has grown rapidly, from a population of 6,000 fifty years ago to over 65,000 today. It has everything a tourist could want and is one of the two tourist destinations preferred by students, together with Bariloche (probably due to its discos, that are always included in this type of tours). It is on the coast of the San Roque lake, bordered by the San Antonio river, with beautiful bathing spots nearby (Fantasio, Playas de Oro, Mayu Sumaj, Icho Cruz, Cuesta Blanca, Bialet Masee and Cosquín). And it is the ideal spot for touring the province, because the half dozen of travel agencies at the bus station, plus many other throughout the city, offer tours ...Read More

Where to Go from Carlos Paz

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There are many attractive places you can visit. These are only a few: FULL DAY TOURS: 1) LA CUMBRECITA. Read my review on this beautiful tour. You will visit four century old Jesuit constructions at Alta Gracia, the Los Molinos lake (beautiful), Villa General Belgrano (the home of the Oktoberfest in Argentina, with German traditions, delicious cakes and many varieties of beer) and La Cumbrecita, a delicious alpine scenery with a very nice waterfall, forests and seeing trout swimming in the stream at La Poza, if the stream is low. 2) MINA CLAVERO - LOS TÚNELES: You will cross the mountain range at an altitude of 6,000 feet, will see the Fundación Condor coffee and photo gallery, will have the chance...Read More
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Some hotels drop their rates during the low season, others don't. Most hotels have a very nice park, and nearly all have a swimming pool, but not all. It is important to check the facilities of each hotel and bargain the rate, unless you go in January and February, when you will have to beg for a vacancy in the hotel. There are hundreds of hotels in Villa Carlos Paz, maybe more than 400, but all get crammed in January and February, and it is mission impossible to find a single room, unless if you pay double occupancy. Let me recommend some hotels for the different categories, and post some photos of some of them. Four stars: Portal del Lago and Hotel Libertador are the two best hotels in t...Read More

The Road to Cuesta Blanca

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There is a fantastic combination of bathing resorts all along the San Antonio river, that usually has crystal clear water (unless it has rained very recently): Playas de Oro, San Antonio, Samay Huasi, Tio Joe, Tala Huasi (Icho Cruz), Cuesta Blanca. No local tours cover this area, probably because there are local buses every 20 minutes that cost only half a dollar or 65 cents, depending on the bus line (Transporte Carlos Paz or FonoBus). I have visited every single one. Some of them, as Playas de Oro and Tala Huasi, have abundant shade, camp fires and picnic tables, at a minimal cost of 5 pesos (1.70 dollars). Others like San Antonio and Cuesta Blanca, have little or no infrastructure, but are still...Read More

San Roque Lake

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If you go on a catamaran navigating lake San Roque, you will see the city from the lake and visit the San Roque dam. However, let me warn you that, unlike Mar del Plata, where you have a panoramic view of the city, there are so many hills and trees that you will not have a general view of the city, nor of its tall buildings or nice residences. This is not the best alternative. There is a travel agency (Cacho López) that offers a road tour around the lake, PLUS Tanti and Cabalango. Let me tell give you an idea of what you will see. COSTA AZUL AND SAN ROQUE LAKE AND DAM: You will border the San Roque lake, along the "one-hundred bends road" passing through some exclusive residential areas, w...Read More