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Still on the road, at 94 kilometres northeast of the City of Córdoba and 807 kilometres away from the Capital City, we will meet La Cumbre, privileged by its natural beauties and a benign climate. It is a gorgeous locality, with traditional costumes that mirror the passion of its first settlers: the British, which brought the railways and the communal work to a population eager to enlarge and maintain modern services and infrastructures, surrounded by a bursting nature that brings pleasure and entertainment within an unpolluted area. La Cumbre preserves in a nearly untouched way all of the assets which have sustained the tourist activity for more than a hundred years.

This is the birthplace of many artists. Its lodging facilities, its cabins and peculiar squares have a special charm. The beautiful landscapes of these highlands allow the practice of golf in an 18 holes field.

Distinction and comfort are the main assets of this peaceful locality, due to its assorted offer of lodging, gastronomic and entertainment services. Its renowned golf compound, its clubs and sports centres are an invitation to share relaxation and sports within the ever present charm of the highlands.

Golf is the sport that has conferred this locality the current fame with which it has been renowned for almost eighty years. With time, other activities as delta wing, paragliding and mountaineering among other extreme activities added bits of adrenaline to the adventure. The place also offers several tourist circuits, nocturnal shows and some special events of the region, as delta wing and paragliding at the Cuchi Corral viewing point, from where some spectacular sights of the Pinto River Valley can be attained.

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The Road of
La Punilla

* Bialet Masse
* Road of the

* Capilla del

* Cosquin
* Huerta Grande
* La Cumbre
* La Falda
* San Esteban
* Santa Maria
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* Carlos Paz Ville
* Giardino Ville
But that is not everything there is, there can also be taken some peaceful horse rides, some of which are done under the gleaming light of the moon, or the relaxing strolls that allow the sighting of an ample range of plant species over the gorges and the mountain flanks, along with the ever present chirping sounds of the birds and beneath the incredibly clear blue skies.

The El Chorrillo Municipal Beach Resort has two swimming pools over the river and the nearby mountains are perfect to be climbed and to practice some sports as delta wing and paraglide flights. At the southern area of the Town, the Road of the Artisans is a good prospect for touring, offering a varied local offer, prior to arriving to the neighbouring locality of Villa Giardino.

This is the essence of La Cumbre, a place where time has frozen on accounts of its beauty, tranquillity and security, although steadfastly aiming towards the present global world of tourist business.

Although summertime is the season with the highest rates of tourist affluence due to the water abundance, plenty scores of sunshine and its refreshing nights, the peculiar beauty of this region becomes more apparent during the other remaining seasons, specially in autumn and spring.

The magnificent display of nature explodes in ochre, yellow and red hues within the perennial greenery of the conifers, inviting the tourist to attain a pleasant sight within a peaceful scenery, full of spaces within which meditation and relax are guaranteed. This constitutes a likely plan for all the family, with visitors as the main characters among a scenario where good taste is the prevailing rule and where wellbeing is measured in sensibility degrees.


Cruz Chica and Cruz Grande
From La Cumbre to Los Cocos, passing by Cruz Chica and Cruz Grande, boundaries are uncertain, because all this trip goes within a corridor framed by the nearby mountains, carpeted by an exuberant vegetation whose perfume can be detected through the pure air of the highlands.

These two localities are connected by an internal paved road. Within the length of a few kilometres several old mansions appear one after another surrounded by thick vegetation. Some of them are still inhabited by their owners, others have been turned into inns and museums.

One of these former mansions is nowadays the 'Fonda de Cruz Chica'. This is a building whose construction dates back to 1930, having actually been refurbished and adapted to perform as an inn.

Its first owner was Nasso Prado, a Greek arts loving poet who charged the construction of a Hellenic theatre from which some ruins still remain. Much of the paintings from those times are still intact, adorning the ceilings and archways of the palace. This lordly stone house is actually a part of a whole county, showing a remarkable Spanish classicism, revealed at first glance on its façade, adorned with a characteristic coat of arms, and through its corridors until arriving to the terraces and its tower with a Toledo style. This place was known as 'El Olimpo' in ancient times.

Another place worth visiting is the House of Mujica Lainez in Cruz Chica, now converted into a Museum. But there are many other beautiful mansions to see, encrusted at the flanks of the Sierra along the route.

In front of La Fonda, going over a dirt road, the traveller will arrive to 'El Paraíso', which was the home of the writer Manuel Mujica Lainez and his wife, nowadays a museum called 'La Casa de Manuel Mujica Lainez'. Another old casona, known as 'El Alcázar de Sevilla' and formerly only as the 'Sevilla' mansion, is presently a first class hostelry. The wealthy inhabitants of this region used to give their houses Spanish names, as José M. Cullen named his as 'Granada' and the Unzué de Alvear family named their residence 'Toledo'.

Continuing by the Road of the Pungo that goes to Ascochinga, the tourist will pass by the Estancia El Rosario, renowned for its alfajores and other sweet delicacies. Soon after this ranch, and after making a left turn, the visitor will be driven through a beautiful wood before arriving to the serene lake and reservoir San Jerónimo, whose contains are used to bring potable water to the Town.

El Chorrito
Starting from the 25 de Mayo Square and driving along the San Jerónimo River the visitor will soon arrive to the Municipal Beach Resort and water fountain called 'El Chorrito', with its public swimming pool built over the riverbed and lots of green yards furnished with barbecue grills at its shores, which is a delight to both the foreign visitors as to the local people.

Capilla de San Roque - Chapel
At only four blocks from this place, across the River towards the north and taking the Monseñor Pablo Cabrera Street -an easily accessed road- stands the San Roque Chapel on the way to the 'Cristo Redentor'.

This is the oldest and most representative chapel in La Cumbre. This premise is easily confirmed by the sacramental books stored in the archives of the Bishopric of Córdoba, within the records that belong to the Curato de Punilla or to the Cosquín Parish which show the inscription of baptisms, weddings and deceases in the so called 'Oratorio de Petrona de Olmos' during the year of 1880. This oratory, which was the original building from which the Chapel was lately erected, worships the image of San Roque and shelters the mortal remains of its founder.

Cristo Redentor
At only few metres from the San Roque Chapel begins the ascent by a Via Crucis whose goal is the impressive image of the Cristo Redentor, a 7 metre high statue that dominates the spectacular views from La Punilla Valley, La Cumbre and all of the western area of the Sierras Chicas as far away as sight can reach. This is a place for piety and praying, a place to which thousands of devotees come every year during the Eastern holidays from every corner of the Country

The monumental sculpture was done by the renowned artist Ramaciotti in 1952 and it can be spotted from every single accessing route to La Cumbre.

Former Railway Station - House of Emilio Caraffa
Going by the present Caraffa Avenue the traveller will meet the Boulevard of the Railway Station, the old building of the former train station (nowadays the seat of several organisations) and at the face of it, in the corner with the Rivadavia Street, stands the mansion once owned by the master Emilio Caraffa, currently a restaurant. This artist was born in Catamarca, but in the year of 1929 he moved to the mentioned house at La Cumbre, where he gave birth to a lot of his works.

Golf Club
Starting at the centre of the Town and going southward by the Belgrano Street, the visitor will pass by the Parochial Church and its small square. Ten blocks ahead in that direction lay the green fields of the traditional Golf Club

Dique San Gerónimo - Reservoir At only few metres from this establishment, the road gets divided in two. Taking the one to the left and going on for about four kilometres through a narrow pathway framed by trees, the traveller will arrive to the San Gerónimo Dam, a small and picturesque reservoir whose waters supply La Cumbre.

Although it is not actually allowed to swim in its waters, it is nevertheless a most charming spot in which the visitor will be able to enjoy the surrounding natural scenery. The place is furnished with hand railings and shadowed resting spaces beneath the trees.

El Pungo and the Road of the Artisans
This tour has already been turned into a classic one within those that can be taken from La Cumbre. The starting route can be either through the Argentina Avenue or through the Belgrano Street, which runs at the back of the Golf Club facilities, taking a right turn as soon as the Route E-66 or 156 that goes to Asconchinga is entered, detouring by the road that takes to El Pungo.

This road, after passing through the localities of El Pungo and La Punilla, the latter of which is homeland to many local artisans who will be eager to welcome the visitors into their own homes and workshops, will lastly drive the traveller into the neighbouring locality of Villa Giardino.

Río Tiu Mayú
Just a few kilometres ahead of the estancia or ranch: the road will again fork in two directions. The one at the left is the same Route E-66 that takes to the Tiu Mayú River and Asconchinga, while the road at the right drives towards the renowned Candonga Chapel. In order to reach the mentioned water stream, the traveller will then take detour to the left, totalling some eleven kilometres from the departure place at La Cumbre.

Cuchi Corral Viewing Point - the Valley of the Pintos River Before reaching the entrance to La Cumbre, making a left turn and going west by Route 38 for about 9 kilometres, this peculiarly beautiful place will be reached.

It is a natural balcony, used as a launching platform for both delta wing and paraglide aircrafts. The vertical distance between the Cuchi Corral Viewing Point and the bottom of the Pintos River is about four hundred metres. The place is home to several autochthon species of trees as pepper trees and quebrachos which confer their peculiar yellow, ochre and intensely red hues to the surrounding landscape.

From the Cuchi Corral Viewing Point, the place where the World's Paraglide Championships take place due to its 400 metres high cliffs, scores of delta wing and paraglide fans jump into the air above the Pinto River. National and international competitions take place in this spot, as well as rooky flights.

To reach the River Pintos Valley, a distance of seven kilometres had to be covered towards the western side of Route 38 to the meeting of two roads, from there on, taking the one to the right the traveller will reach the mentioned viewing point, while through the path that goes straightforward the river stream will be reached. Seven or more fords (depending of the season) have to be overcome before getting to the Pintos River, a stream with a pebbled bottom and several sandy beaches.

Some few metres before reaching the River, a clearing within the woods will appear. It is the landing field for the aircrafts that come from Cuchi Corral. If the traveller glances upwards, the impressive sight of the high standing cliff from where the brave gliders jump aboard their fragile crafts can be attained.


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