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Córdoba: Places you have never visited in the valley of Punilla

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A November 2007 trip to Cordoba by Robert Raymond Ingledew

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Quote: Shame on me! I passed on the bus dozens of times half a block away from here and had never heard about this beautiful place (Santa María campgrounds and bathing resort). Today I discovered it. All in one: Campground, bathing resort, cafeteria, and even live music...

Córdoba: Places you have never visited in the valley of Punilla

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I discovered this bathing resort today (only 12 miles away from my home...) Cordoba is so beautiful that it is impossible to discover all nearby beautiful places in 10 months. I still have to go to many other places near Villa Carlos Paz. I had been many times to La Toma, probably the most beautiful bathing resort on river Cosquin. Santa Maria is a budget resort, so don't expect anything like the River Walk in San Antonio. There are no luxury restaurants. A breaded meat sandwich costs and a soft drink, 60 cents. But it has a very pleasant setting. There is a dam on the Cosquin River, about 10 feet tall, that forms an artificial lake, a swimming pool for children. It is fed with river water, v...Read More

La Toma (Cosquin)

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La Toma is one of the most beautiful resorts in the valley of Punilla. River Cosquin borders the city to the North, and there are a number of nice bathing places on the river. Although beaches on the river are small, there is a lot of shade and a number of cafeterias and restaurants near to the river. In this part of the river, however, there are no campfires, but you can buy hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue at reasonable prices, and even enjoy an ice cream by the riverside. But more important, the scenery is beautiful. Along and behind the river you have a charming panoramic view of the Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Loaf) mount, that is the largest in this area, about some 5,000 feet high. In the foregrou...Read More

Tanti and its Surrounding Area

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There are a number of places that deserve a visit in Tanti, a small 3,500 inhabitant village located some 5 miles to the west of Highway 38 that connects Córdoba and Villa Carlos Paz with La Falda, La Cumbre, Capilla del Monte, and Cruz del Eje. Although it is a small village, it has a 4-star hotel, resort and SPA, but the main attraction here is El Diquecito, a small bathing resort under a very nice waterfall. Admission is free, but there are no campfires here and very little shade. Near here there are some campgrounds where you can spend the day. But the whole environment is very pleasant, and next to the dam there is a cafeteria with reasonable prices. Sans Souci is the second place I would reco...Read More

The Scenic Road Around Lake San Roque

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This road was far more fascinating when it was an earth road (133 swift turns, some of which were straightened out when the road was paved). In any case it is a very nice scenic road and an enjoyable experience. Until a month ago, the only alternative was to take a taxi that in any case was affordable (maybe some 8 to 10 dollars), or take the tour on a catamaran, at a cost of some 8 dollars. While navigating lake San Roque is very nice, I enjoy more traveling along the side of the lake. You hardly see Villa Carlos Paz from the Catamaran, because the city goes up and down the hills, and both the hills and the vegetation hide a large party of the city. If you prefer to go along the road, as I do, now...Read More

Playas de Oro, a Delightful Place

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Playas de Oro has a beautiful and very varied landscape; you can actually walk miles along the San Antonio River. Due to the fact that when it rains heavily the river increases its height by about 20 feet, there are few constructions near the river, and all the coast can be walked freely. In most of the area there is beautiful shade, and very nice places for picnic or camping. However, camping is not recommended by the riverside when there is the slightest chance of rain. Living three miles away from this beautiful spot, I have explored the area quite a bit, and I would divide what I have seen so far in 3 specific areas.  1) The most visited area, upstream from Madrid street. There are about one hundr...Read More