Ideal destination to rest surrounded by mountains and creeks.

Mountains, ranches, creeks and jesuitical testimonies are some of the images that characterize Córdoba, right in the center of the country, a destination to visit at any time of the year. Historically, it has become the destination of choice for Argentine politicians and intellectuals because of its quiet and natural environment, ideal for relaxing. Long summer stays, political talks and social gatherings were held in the olden days in many of the rooms that now function as tourist establishments, which safeguard in their architecture some of that colonial past.

Foto: Estancia La Paz

1. ASCOCHINGA

In the heart of the Sierras Chicas, to the north of the province and 60 km from the capital, you can find Estancia Pueblo La Paz (puebloestancialapaz.com/es), the former holiday home of Argentinian President Julio Argentino Roca, where ministers used to meet and the bases of the Argentine State were discussed.

The place conserves a colonial style; its twelve rooms are surrounded by 500 hectares of park worked the famous landscaper Charles Thays worked. One of these rooms, the Suite Roca, conserves the bathtub and the original basin, and the rest was recreated, including the hearth-stove at the entrance and a secret passage through which it is said Roca lovers were welcomed in. There is an area called Villa Clara, which was exclusively for women, and where today you can find the room “De la novia” (“the bride’s room”), special for honeymoons. The historical importance of the place is combined with its natural environment. A golf course, a polo court, an exotic park with oaks, timbós and willows, and a path of olive trees complete the experience.

2. COLONIA CAROYA

An hour and a half from Ascochinga you can find this colony of immigrants, the first ones in Córdoba, especially the Friulians, originally from northern Italy. This particular colony was promoted by Argentinean president Nicolás Avellaneda, who used to spend the summer in the area and wished to turn the place into a tourist spot. Today, it is a safe natural haven par excellence, special to rest and walk. Many of the descendants of the sixty Italian families who arrived here follow the traditions and sell handicraft products that are worth trying. One such family member,Norma Londero, makes typical cordoban sausages and salami. La Caroyense winery (www.bodegalacaroyense.com.ar), open since 1930, whose façade is similar to that of a church in the Friuli region, is the most awarded winery in Córdoba for its champagne.

3. VALLE DE TRASLASIERRA

To the west of the Sierras Grandes, this is one of the most beautiful areas of the province. From Carlos Paz, after crossing the winding road of the Altas Cumbres (better to be avoided at night), you arrive at this natural paradise that in the 50s received European immigration and in the 80s was chosen as a home by artisans, hippies and musicians such as Luca Prodan and the legendary Sumo. A series of beautiful mountain villages follow one another. Among them, Nono is a special point, with a unique microclimate which keeps temperature constant all year round, and where you can enjoy the river and the spas, visit the dike, walk around the city center, visit the Rocsen Multifaceted Museum (www.museorocsen.org), with thousands of objects of all kinds; spend some time at the trout farm “Don Clemente” to learn about the production process and buy regional products; and tour nearby villages such as Las Calles, an English colony famous for its strawberry plantations.

 

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