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CORDOBA

CAPILLA DEL MONTE

This attractive and captivating village of the sierra, presently a progressive though peaceful city, constitutes the northern entrance to the tourist corridor of the Punilla Valley. It possesses a delightful landscape, a rich amount of anecdotes, legends and testimonies and well organized lodging, gastronomic and entertainment services, suitable for all likings and budgets.

La Falda is located at 67 kilometres from the City of Córdoba, over the Route 38 at the feet of the El Cuadrado (1.250 m.a.s.l.) and La Banderita (1.354 m.a.s.l.) Mountains, situated inside the Punilla Valley and at an altitude of 934 metres above sea level.

There are a lot of places to visit, as the traditional El Zapato, or the beach resort Los Paredones, also known for its trout hatchery.
The main importance of Capilla del Monte at national and international grounds during the last decades has been based upon the passion inspiring halo of enchantment and mystery cast over its main symbol: the Uritorco Mountain.
In Capilla del Monte mysticism and esoteric subjects are common issues, in order of which exists the Ojo de Agua, where these ancient techniques based on meditation are taught.
As for sport activities as non-engine nautical cruises or fishing, the El Cajón and Los Alazanes Reservoirs are located at close distance.

On the road to the Gruta de Ongamira Cave, going through Charbonier and at 14 kilometres from Capilla del Monte, is situated Los Terrones, encrusted at the back of the Uritorco Mountain and at an altitude of 1.400 m.a.s.l., a place where erosion has sculpted many capricious shapes. Los Terrones is a most favoured destination for trekkers and mountain climbers. The Town has a roofed pedestrian boulevard, wherein candy shops, restaurants and other commercial stores are located. Nowadays it is possible to take thermal bathes at the Termas de Uritorco in waters tempered at 37° C. Another attractive place is Agua de Palos, gathering place for paraglide practitioners.

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The Road of
La Punilla

* Bialet Masse
* Road of the
   Artisans

* Capilla del
   Monte

* Cosquin
* Huerta Grande
* La Cumbre
* La Falda
* San Esteban
* Santa Maria
* Valle Hermoso
* Carlos Paz Ville
* Giardino Ville
ATTRACTIONS

CALABALUMBA
Located at some seven blocks from the centre of the City over the Calabalumba River, it is furnished with grills, sanitary services, natural and artificial pools of different depths, public telephone service, etc. It has a rocky soil.

AGUAS AZULES
At the 80th kilometre of the National Route 38 northward bound, a detour to the left takes to a road of about 600 metres to Aguas Azules. An artificial pool was built over the bed of the Dolores River, with a suspended bridge hanging across its stream. This location has facilities such as barbecues, a bar, tables, sanitary services, a playground for children and a general store.

PARADOR EL FARO
This is the only beach resort with a permanent settlement. It offers a number of camping services. It is ideal for non contaminant nautical sports as kayaking, windsurfing, and other activities.

LA TOMA
Located at the feet of the Uritorco Mountain, the waters of this stream, repeatedly confined throughout its course by consecutive dams, gave birth to this beach resort where the Los Alazanes and Huerta Matías Streams meet. It is a private resort furbished with barbecues, tables, sanitary services and a basic supply store.

EL VERGEL BEACH RESORT
It is located in the neighbourhood of Aguas Azules. It can be accessed through Route 38 as well as through the Pueyrredón Avenue.

AGUILA BLANCA
This nice place can be accessed by Route 38. It stands at 3 kilometres from the centre of the City heading west alongside the Dolores River. It contains a small convenient store.

LOS MOGOTES
This area of the Dolores River presents rocky outcrops framing the clear waters of its stream. To reach this place, the traveller needs to take Route 38 at the north, cross the centre of the Town and drive 4 kilometres in western direction.

SURROUNDINGS

CALLE TECHADA
It is situated over the Buenos Aires Boulevard, the main street of this Town, which was constructed in the year of 1964 in order to host the International Photographic Exposition called 'FotoCita 64'

PARROQUIA SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA - PARISH
Built during the early 20th century over the same lot where Captain Antonio de Cevallos ordered the construction of an adobe chapel in the year of 1695.

URITORCO MOUNTAIN
Surrounded by a mysterious aura, this mountain rises 1.979 metres above sea level. From the station point at its feet, the ascent, following a previous permit by the administrative office, takes about a three and a half hour walk to reach its top, It is a National Park that opens all year round. In order to obtain the best from your visit, we advise you to hire the services of a tourist guide approved by its authorities.
Telephone Number: 03548-15 630 204.

LA TOMA BEACH RESORT
Located in the midst of a forest of quebrachos colorados, talas and pepper trees, with deep bottomed pools and waterfalls, this private lot is provided with tables, barbecue grills, sanitary services, restaurant, basic supplies store and radio communication. It is open all year round. Telephone Number: 03548- 15 630 631.

LOS ALAZANES RESERVOIR
This is the highest dam in the Córdoba Province, standing at 1.400 m.a.s.l. It has a cabin with a forester. It is ideal for mountain fishing. It can only be entered on horseback or on foot, being advisable to do it with the company of an expert guide.

HUERTAS MALAS
This is a very peculiar highland scenery, with its own microclimate, where two rivers meet to give birth.
It possesses crystal clear water pools and beautiful natural waterfalls. It can be reached by foot or on horseback from the La Toma Beach Resort and it is recommended to go with the company of an expert guide.

LAS GEMELAS MOUNTAIN -AGUA DE LOS PALOS
On a vehicle the traveller can go as high as 1.350 m.a.s.l. Private walkway. Valleys and lakes can be spotted from its snack bar.It has a semi-Olympic swimming pool. The ascent to the launching site for paragliding has to be done either on foot, at horseback or in four-wheeled motorbikes. It contains a Via Crucis.
Telephone number: 0351-15 121 109.

EL ZAPATO
A natural sculpture on granite at whose feet has been erected a tourist compound with a giant sliding ramp. There are also regional handcrafts to buy. Open all year long.

DIQUE EL CAJON - RESERVOIR
Inaugurated in 1993, its dam wall can be accessed through the El Zapato Tourist Compound. It has a bar, sanitary facilities, stands in which to buy stones and an energetic pyramid for meditating. Telephone number: 03548-15 637 058.

PERI-LAGO DIQUE El CAJON - RESERVOIR
The waters of the Dolores River fill this Reservoir, forming a water mirror with a surface of 180 hectares. Carps and atherines can be fished in here, according to the norms of the Federación Cordobesa de Pesca. Navigation without motorised propellers is allowed. This circuit can be accessed either by the road to San Marcos as from the Aguila Blanca Beach Resort.It is the ideal place to practise windsurf, canoeing, and sailing.

AGUA BLANCA BEACH RESORT
Originated by the warm waters of the Dolores River, it is surrounded by beautiful woods. It has a typical landscape of the Sierras at the point where the El Cajón Reservoir Lake begins. Open all year round.

THE ROAD TO SAN MARCOS SIERRAS
This trek can be reached from Route 38. It is a pebbled and winding road across extraordinarily delightful milieu, speckled with streams and gorges. It goes from Capilla to the Capital de la Miel.

CAMPO EL 44
Within this Recreational Centre of organised activities, entertainment for all the members of the family can be found. Swimming pools, horse rides, skating, guided trekking, archery, trips in sulky and many other activities. It offers bar service. It is a private estate, open all year round. Telephone number: 03548-481 528.

EL SOL CAMPSITE
It has a source of running water all year long, a 120 square metre swimming pool, a convenient store, rest areas with barbecues and mud ovens, bathrooms and showers provided with hot water, soccer and volley ball fields and everything a pleasant stay could need.

AGUAS CLARAS
It belongs to the Fundación Elpis Educación, Investigación y Servicio. The work done in this place is performed within a model of self sustained development based on the premises of a profound exchange between men and the land, searching for new forms of coexistence. Telephone number: 03549-424 047.

EL CASERON DE LOS RECUERDOS
It is located at 553 Buenos Aires Boulevard. Guided visits can be hired in order to stroll among objects and handcrafts through places filled with anecdotes, legends and stories concerning this locality. It is a private estate.

CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL COMPOUND DEODORO ROCA
It is situated within the Ongamira Valley by the Route 17. The Museum contains collections of archaeological pieces, post stamps and antiques. It also has an art gallery, a pulpería and a restaurant.

INFORMATION CENTRE OVNI - C.I.O.
This Centre of data concerning extra terrestrial presence in our planet is located at 237 Intendente Cabus Street. It contains files with newspaper chronicles and other data about this topic. Telephone number: 03548-428 485.

GRUTA DE LOURDES - CAVE
This Cave is located over Provincial Route 17, following the La Luna Ravine on the road to Ongamira.

LOS TERRONES - CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL AUTOCHTHON PARK
Entering this amazing landscape, its micro-climate and the areas where stand curiously sculpted rocky shapes is a unique and captivating experience. Located at an altitude of 1.430 metres above sea level, it is the ideal site to make contact with the concealed face of wilderness. This is a private estate accessed from Provincial Route 17, at 7 kilometres distance from Route 38. Telephone number: 03548-15 564 447.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Capilla del Monte is framed by to rivers, each one with their own and distinctive characteristics, due to its location at the feet of a mountain range as well as for the north-eastern orientation of its gradient.

These are the Calabalumba River, born in the area of La Toma and flowing in westbound direction, collecting the waters of its main tributaries among some impressive gorges. This tributaries are the Huertas Malas, Los Rocillos and the Minas Streams. The other one is Los Alazanes or La Rinconada River, whose water sources come from the Cumbres de Overo. They both flow over rocky beds, strewn with crystalline water ponds and very appealing cascades to the sight of the passer-by.

The Dolores River, flowing in a south-to-north direction is the ultimate collector of the waters of this Valley and delivers them into the El Cajón Reservoir, which turns out to be the birth place of other rivers as well.

Within the area of Los Mogotes the waters of the Calabalumba and the Dolores Rivers meet and further on this River gets engrossed by the waters of the Tramontana and the Quebrada de la Luna Rivers, along with the streams descending from the Minas, Colchequín and Pajarillo Mountains.

From this point on the direction of the stream changes its direction towards the west and is appointed as San Marcos or De La Costa River. All the highlander rivers and streams remain calm throughout most of the year, but during the rainy seasons (Spring and Summer) they change their tempers and show some extreme demeanours.

VEGETATION

The predominant vegetation of this region at the north of Córdoba is the Chaco type wood, with a predominance of species from dry areas (xerophile). The deepest and the highest we enter within these lands, the altitude variations are so overly influencing in their ecological characteristics that they actually outline different 'levels' or 'vegetation belts' whose existence, density and height are conditioned by the overall altitude, as well as by temperature, humidity, soil and its exposition to the wind.

This is how some characteristic species as the orco quebracho or quebracho of the sierras, the coco, the quebraco blanco, the molle de beber and the manzano de campo, make their appearance in these lands, alternating with species from other regions as carob trees, chañares, piquillines, talas (Celtis tala), and espinillos.

Above 1.200 m.a.s.l. and due to the temperature and the shallow depths of the soil, these woods are gradually replaced by shrubbery formations known as 'matorral serrano' or 'romerillal', with the presence of the romerito and the carqueja.

Above the mark of 1.600 m.a.s.l. lays the third ecological floor, the domain of altitude grasslands with predominance of such species as pastures, puna or paja brava that climb to the top of the Uritorco Mountain. The palmares de carandilla or palma serrana is a notable and outstanding species typical from this region of Córdoba, growing intertwined with the typical species that grow in the lower areas of the highlander forests, settling on streams, gorges and lower flanks.

Among the most representative species of bushes we can mention the Chilca, Palo amarillo, Piquillín, Poleo and Peperina.

FAUNA

Most species from the lower zones and the highland wood are common with those of the shrubberies and woods of the Chaco. This is the case of the lagarto overo lizard (Tupinambis teguixin) the pecarí de collar (Tayassu tajacu), the corzuela parda (Mazama guazoubira), the mountain fox (Cerdocyon thous) and the puma (Felis concolor), the greatest ground predator of the zone, which roams between the high pasture fields and the forests of the Highlands and the Chaco.

There are birds as the lechucita bataraza owl or alicuco (otus choliba), the red necked woodpecker (Colaptes melanolaimus), the long tailed hummingbird (Shapo sparganura) and the rey del bosque (Pheucticus aeroventris) that also belong to this level.

Continuing our ascent, already above the bosque Serrano, it is possible to spot two species of small parrots: the catita serrana de capicho gris (Bolborhychus aymara) and the catita serrana verde (Bolborhychus aurifrons)

Among the reptiles we find the coral snake (Micrurus frontalis), yarará chica (Bothrops atratus), yarará grande or vivora de la cruz (Bothrops alternatus), yarará ñata (Bothrops ammodytoides), and rattle snakes (Crotalus terrficus).

Fish are represented by atherines, carps, trout and perches, all of which are alien species artificially introduced.

CLIMATE

The weather conditions of Capilla del Monte are encased inside the 'subtropical' classification, with regional particularities that set them into a denomination of 'mild highland weather'.

The minimum winter temperatures are around 3° and 4° C and the maximum is approximately 30° C during the daily hours in summer time, refreshing by the nights. The annual average temperature is 17° C. During winter, a cold and dry season, frosts happen between May and September. Rains are seasonal, pouring down in spring and summer and nurturing the basins of the streams and rivers that will flow into the lakes and reservoirs built to bring potable water to the people, as well as for sports, fun and tourists.

The high percentage of sunny days, around 300 per year, makes Capilla del Monte the owner one of the best coefficients of sun radiation. This natural clearness of the air, added to the absence of pollution, create the proper conditions for vacationing, sports activities, rest and physical and spiritual welfare.

Average Temperatures: Winter 10º C - Summer 22º C - Yearly average 16º C.
Annual average of sunny days: 310.
Annual average of rain: 791 mm (data from the last 30 years)

 


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