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CORDOBA

VALLE HERMOSO

This calm 420-year old place located in the Punilla Valley, at 75 kilometres from the Provincial Capital, and at 890 metres above sea level, has a privileged weather, which added to its natural surroundings of sierras cleaved by streams of clear waters feeding the San Francisco River, confer it a singular beauty and charm.

We enter this place, where you can come across beautiful sceneries, where the rivers, streams and cascades will show us places of reverie, coming along National Route N° 38. The Pampas of Olaen, a zone of abundant archaeological and anthropological findings, extends to the west of the locality.

Historic chapels immerse us in history; amongst them we can mention the Chapel of San Antonio of Padua, which dates back to the year 1735. We find the Christ of Agony carved on white locust inside the temple. It belongs to the School of Cusco.

Valle Hermoso is cleaved by the San Francisco River, which runs along the valley's axis, and by the Vaquerías Stream, which rises at the Sierras Chicas, crosses the valley and flows into the San Francisco River.

If we are planning on walking for several hours, we will go by Vaquerías, where we will rest at the hotel belonging to the Social Work of the University's Personnel (DASPU), and admire the gorge opening towards the valley from a splendid vantage point. If we follow the course of the Vaquerías River we will reach the Cascade of the Ferns after an extensive hike, a beautiful waterfall more than 10 metres high.

While returning to Valle Hermoso we can visit the El Castillo Hotel, currently belonging to the UOM; built by Mr Ferrarini, the Hotel is based on two castles, one French and the other Portuguese.

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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
Nearby the City we have the Dique La Isla Resort on the River San Francisco, with all the basic essentials and a beautiful swimming pool in the midst of old woodland.

We find marble and limestone quarries, a mountainous zone with natural grottos, and water ponds amid stones, going along the same road leading to the resort. The trip can be realised in a car, while it takes half a day on foot.

Weather
Temperate and dry; it is catalogued as one of the best in the world due to its purity, its thermal adequacy and level of moisture suitable for human requirements.

Flora
It has the typical flora of the sierras, with toronjil variegated lemon balm (Melisa officinalis) type of shrubs on the slopes of the cordillera, and locust trees, peppertrees, and white and red quebranchos fernleaf acacias in the rest of the valley.

Fauna
There are foxes, hares, partridges, iguanas, yararás or fer de lance (Bothrops spp.) and a large number of birds coexisting in the area.

Attractions

Chapel of the Christ of the River
This chapel stands out for an image that represents, in a very acute manner, a crucified Christ shaped by nature on the trunk of a willow, which locals picked at the San Francisco River during an overflow. It is located on Juan XXIII Street, in the barrio neighbourhood of Lomas de San Jorge.
Visiting hours: from 8:00 am till noon, and from 16:00 to 20:00 hours.

Chapel of San Antonio de Padua
Francisco Roque de Zevallos commissioned this chapel so that he could see its façade from his bedroom's window, and praise the house of the Lord "as the first thing to do everyday at the break of dawn". Its construction began in 1735 according to many historians, and it has a clear colonial style. Already in 1750 it was approximately 14 yards long and 6,5 yards wide, with adobe walls on the inside and stones arranged on an inclined plane 90 centimetres wide on the outside. Its roof had seven braces and was covered with straws, its double doors were made of good wood and had locks, and it had an upper choir with no railing and a base for the pulpit.

His son, captain Juan de Zevallos, inherited the place and made major improvements on the chapel, covering it with limestone on the outside, building a parapet and a belfry carrying two bells, a big one and a smaller one, and putting a handrail in the upper choir. It was finished in 1802 and opened to the public on June the 12th of that same year. It was refurbished in 1895 and a section was added.

In 1910 Juan Bautista Perez changes its roof of straws for one of Spanish type of tiles, and only in 1951 it was definitively handed to the curia. Father Marcos Lecleff, abbot at Mont Cesar in Leuven, Belgium, who was in charge of the chapel between November of 1946 until the day he died, on March the 15th of 1986, introduced elements of much interest, both traditional and artistic, such as the gridiron at the entrance doorway, which is a replica of that at the church of Lobbes, in Belgium.

It has a one-metre high wooden image of the Christ of Agony in its interior made of white locust, which was brought from Peru along with three canvases from the School of Cusco: "The Ascension of the Lord", "The Ascension of Mary" and "The Virgin of the Rosary"; there is also a wooden statute of San Antonio de Padua 1,80 metres high and a similar one 0,73 metres high, two priest-chairs made by the aborigines using hatchets, and a simple altar.

It is located on 1 General Paz Avenue, along National Route N° 38, corner with Sabattini Street. It is open all day.

Captain Juan de Zevallos Municipal Museum
The museum has six areas: Palaeontology, Petrology, Archaeology, Biology, Photography and Numismatic. At each one of these areas we can find a great variety of testimonies that lead us to take tour on Valle Hermoso's history. It keeps from human bone remains in its interior, to flora and fauna species of the region, besides important objects of archaeological value, mineralogy samples and a series of antiquities from the locality.

Moreover, you can witness the different types of bank notes used along the developing process of this valley's rich history. All of these accompanied by a photographic exhibition recording this history, considered to be one of the most important in the region due to the time span it covers and to the antiquity of many of its still photos. It was habilitated in 1982 and since then it tends to be multifaceted in order to be a place for learning.

It is located on Presidente Peron Avenue unnumbered, in the building of the former General Belgrano Railway Station. Tel 03548-470635.

Grotto of Santa Teresa
In order to get to the grotto you first take Santa Teresa Street, which is that leading to the castle (Vandor Hotel, of the UOM), then go along a road with eucalyptuses until reaching the foot of the sierras, from there on you will get to the middle of the hill, where the grotto is pierced, following a signalised trail. It has an altar and the image of Santa Teresa; and it is a place of worship from which you have a panoramic view of the Punilla Valley.

Vaquerías
It is a natural reserve property of the Social Work of the University of Cordoba. It is located at about 2 kilometres coming along National Route N° 38 eastbound, and entering through Valle Hermoso's southern access, nearby the local cemetery. From there up to the University's hotel compound you can travel the two thousand metres separating both points by both car and foot. Further ahead you can only go by foot in order to appreciate the wonderful setting surrounding you.

It has an approximate surface of 380 hectares. This area has been destined to cattle breeding since the XVIII century, and specifically for gathering the herds hence the name (Place of Cows) it currently bears.

Here you can benefit with hotels, campsites, courts for the practice of different sports and a delicious swimming pool. You can also take different tour circuits such as the Botanical Path, the House of the Dike, the La Cruz Hill, the Cascade of the Ferns, the Dovecot and the Vantage Point.

Vaquerías Dike and Cascade of the Ferns
The dike is east of Valle Hermoso, going across the tourist compound of Cordoba National University's Personnel, known as Vaquerías, and then taking a mountain road bordering the homonymous stream. There you can appreciate the drop of a majestic waterfall sliding over an old stonewall. After following a narrow trail you find the Cascade of the Ferns, approximately 15 metres high, with crystalline waters and a beautiful vegetation of ferns and peppertrees framing it. It is at a total distance of 7 kilometres from the centre.

Dique La Isla Resort
It is located in one of the many bends of the San Francisco River, and it can be reached from the centre going along Eva Peron Avenue, or from National Route N° 38 westward going along Independencia Street (in front of Nuestra Señora del Calvario School), which is called Cervantes Street after two blocks, for ten blocks. There you will find a regulating dike within a most beautiful setting flanked by rock walls on one bank and a campsite with barbeques, tables, swimming pool and convenient store under centenarian willows on the other riverbank.

Resort of Villa Yacoana
You get there going National Route N° 38, at Valle Hermoso's southern entrance, then along a signalised dirt road called Santa Fe Avenue, where the resort stands on the banks of the San Francisco River. There are basic services and campsites in the wild.

La Cruz Hill
It is situated at about one thousand metres above Vaquerías Hill, and you can get there ascending along a picturesque road starting at the Vaquerías Compound and ending at the foot of the sierras, from where you ascend along a trail leading to La Cruz Hill, at whose top you will get a beautiful panoramic vista of the entire Punilla Valley.

San Antonio Ranch
It is the former farmhouse of the San Antonio Ranch, located on Independencia Street. Tristán de Tejeda, whose son Luis José was the first Argentine poet, originally built it and it was dedicated to cattle breeding activities in the beginning. Then it was the property of Don Agustin Soria and since the early XVIII century, Don Francisco de Zevallos'.

His son Captain Juan de Zevallos, who was married to Mrs Mariana de los Quinteros, a most beautiful woman nicknamed La Castellana, who played a role on a singular occurrence that gave place to the naming of the spot called Crag of the Indian in Love, inherited the property when his father passed away.

When he himself died in 1803, he left his property to the Monastery of Santa Catalina. The property changed hands several times in the following years, until it became a lodge in 1923 when Antonio Marcuzzi acquired it. In 1961 it turned into the Vacation Colony of the Auto Tram Workers Union (UTA), Section Buenos Aires, who did not set up major changes upon its structure so we can still appreciate the gridirons and balconies of the Jesuitical period.

Crag of the Indian in Love
This story has both proper historical elements and supposed facts rescued by popular tradition. Don Juan de Zevallos' wife, Mrs Mariana de los Quinteros, nicknamed La Castellana, was an extraordinarily beautiful woman who used to bathe at the San Francisco River being watched from the top of a crag, standing in a river bend, by a Comechingón Indian. This situation went on for quite a while until he ended up falling for her both metaphorically and literally, for he one day lost foot while watching her and fell over some rocks, dying as a consequence of his injuries without there being anything she could do to bring him back.
This place is currently a campsite and a recreational area, keeping the name of Crag of the Indian in Love in memory of that story. It is located on Dragones Street unnumbered, Tel. 47 0090.

Virgin of Fatima
It is a small chapel with the image of the Virgin of Fatima that was built by the people, after a miraculous rain shower extinguished a voracious fire during a severe drought in the summer of 1955. It is located in the neighbouring area of the Vaquerías compound, at the foot of the sierras and under an old cut down area. It can be accessed from National Route N° 38 along Santa Teresa Street, which is perfectly signalised.

Parquerama
It has a mini zoo, recreational tours and various entertainments for children, youngsters, and adults alike, such a labyrinth, Hauser's House, the Cabin of the Trunk, a Botanic Garden and the Cacti exhibition, besides a restaurant. On National Route N° 38 unnumbered - It opens from 8 to 20 hours. Tel 53 - 47-0100

Club Atlético Racing
It has a roofed court and others for the practice of handball, basketball, volleyball, football, and baby ball.
It is located on Amadeo Sabattini Street unnumbered, half a block away from the Municipality.

"José Mármol" Chess Circle
It is located on 168, 25 de Mayo Street, before the Manuel Belgrano Plaza.

Promenade of the Artisans
It is at the General Belgrano Plaza, in the corner of 25 de Mayo and Alsina Streets.

Parks - Playgrounds - Educational
Tour Con-Ciencia (meaning both Conscience and With Science) - Salesianos Street unnumbered - Pink House - Planetarium - Educational elements for all ages.

Small Train - Tel 47 - 0610

Zoos - Natural Reserves - Farms
Tatú Carreta Park: 60 hectares, it is a place where you can take a ride driving or walking. There are local animals and a variety of other species. Opens everyday from 9:00 to 20:00 hours.
Winged Realm: it exhibits different types of exotic birds.
Old Post: it is located between Casa Grande and Valle Hermoso. It is a place for goats that can be visited on guided tours and where one can participate on the milking process. Opens from 10.30 to 16.30 hours - Tel (0351) 422-4255

 


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