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Encrusted in the flanks of the Sierras Chicas, La Falda has become, with the passing of the years, the axis of the tourist corridor in the centre - north area of the Punilla Valley.

Characterised by an irregular urban arrangement of its residential neighbourhood, in which no detail has been overlooked, the beautiful natural scenery and its important lodging and gastronomical infrastructure give as a result that this City is constantly encouraging the traveller to take unending strolls.

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.

The Town does not have any particular date to celebrate its foundation, but on December 8th takes place the festivities for the Patroness of the locality, in the day of the Inmaculada Concepción de María.

Its population has an estimate of 16 thousand people. The origins of the city would apparently have been from the homonymous ranch acquired in 1847 by Juan Bialet Massé. In the year of 1897 the company Tornquist constructed the Edén Hotel, which moments of splendour were given by the presence of the members of distinguished families, who used to come dressed in their etiquette outfits despite the aridity of the region.

With the impulse given by several neighbours of the area, among which we can mention the Eichhorn brothers, many roads and other works were done since 1936, thus creating the proper conditions to attract other hotels and summer residences. Its present name was attained in 1914, when the first post office was created.

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The Town Hall was instituted in 1934, being appointed as its first Mayor the engineer Jorge Copello. On December 6 in 1969 the Villa La Falda became formally nominated as City.

La Falda offers different alternatives for tourist or cultural activities throughout the year, as the 'Fiesta del Alfajor' during the first fortnight of October or the 'Fiesta Nacional del Tango'.

Walks - Tours

Reloj Cucu - Clock Created by a watchmaker from La Falda, it is positioned at the corner of the Patria and San Martín Avenues.

Capilla del Sagrado Corazón - Chapel
It was the first one to be erected in La Falda. It was entirely built in stone during the first years of the century over the Edén Avenue.

Capilla de Santa Bárbara - Chapel
This Chapel was built by the Jesuits over the Pampa de Olaén during the 18th century.

Cerro El Cuadrado - Mountain
It can be found at the end of the Edén Avenue. Along its ascent (in the direction to Salsipuedes and the Ceballlos River), can be reached the 'Balcón de las Nubes' (Balcony of the Clouds), where sights from the City and the Punilla Valley can be grabbed.

Estancia El Cuadrado - Ranch
It is situated at 6 kilometres from La Falda, by the road to El Cuadrado. It offers guided horse rides, trekking and adventure.

Iglesia del Santísimo Sacramento - Church
This is a beautiful Church of red walls and an impressive belfry. Due to its location at the top of a hill, it can be spotted from any point of the City. The foundation stone of the Temple was placed on April 22nd of 1945. It is located at the corner of the Patria Avenue and Rivadavia facing a square. It was erected at the topmost area of La Falda and inaugurated on December the 8th in the year of 1948. It has an Italian Romantic style.

Hotel Edén
On August 19th in 1897, the day when Roberto Bahlcke and Teodoro Flandín put their signatures on the purchase document of the La Falda Ranch, the project for the construction of a European styled hotel, which would be later known as Hotel Edén, was started.

From that moment on, the place experienced a great development concerning lodging facilities, a fact that enabled this institution to become one of the preferred destinations in which to spend holidays and vacations.

Its rooms hosted a number of famous characters as Albert Einstein, Rubén Darío, the presidents of Argentina Julio Roca and Jose Figueroa Alcorta and the Prince of Wales. Its facilities comprised golf fields, a swimming pool and at its surroundings gentlemen could practise fox hunting.

The Edén hotel was actually the starting point of La Falda as a city devoted to tourism, due to its important facilities and its hotel-ranch spirit; it rapidly became the chief model for all lodging facilities in the Country around those times. It was declared as Historical Municipal Monument and transformed into a museum in the year of 1988.

The museum offers guided visits with twenty minutes duration. There is a permanent photographic exhibition comprising pictures from old times. There are also a bar, a coffee shop and stands in which to buy handcrafts. A music school also functions in here and it usually brings out their performances to the public.

Inside the lot also functions a ridding school which services can be hired to make some special horse rides.

Visits: During the low seasons, the guided visits will only go out on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm and between 3:00 and 6:00 pm.
During summer season, Easter holidays and throughout all the month of July, the departing schedules for the tours are: from 10:30 am to noon time (last guided visit) and from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

The Hotel-Museum is situated at the end of the Edén Avenue.

Laguna de los Patos - the Lagoon of the Ducks
Located close by to the old watering trough for horses of the Edén Hotel, it is nowadays an obliged visit within the ancient hotel.

Molinos de Oro It is located at the San Luis Street (road of the Molino de Oro).

Gruta de San Antonio - Cave
According to the legends, treasures of immeasurable price that were abandoned by the Jesuits lay buried in this place

Beach Resorts

Dique La Falda - Reservoir
This Reservoir, whose construction was ended in 1979, has a dam wall 26 metres high and a length of 126 metres. It contains eight hundred thousand cubic metres of water. Non-motored nautical sports can be performed.

Dique La Isla - Reservoir
This water mirror, measuring 15 hectares, is situated at the west of the City of La Falda. It is an attractive recreation resort where non-engine nautical sports can be performed. It was inaugurated in the year of 1979.

The wall of the dam has a length of 126 metres and contains 800 thousand cubic metres of water. At its vicinity are located the 'El Dique' tourist compound and the 'Siete Cascadas' beach resort, which are only two examples among the many other alternatives in order to enjoy a refreshing summer season.

Siete Cascadas
This resort is located at 4.5 kilometres from the centre of the City. It deserves its name from the seven artificial cascades which were created taking advantage from the difference of levels of the reservoir, making use of the waterfall over the course of the Rio Grande de Punilla River. Its facilities comprise natural swimming pools, barbecue grills, bathrooms, parking lot, safeguards, telephones, entertainment facilities and others.

The Siete Cascadas can be accessed from Route 38, turning at the Italia Avenue and continuing along this road through all of its length. At this point, the visitor must cross over the dam wall over the San Francisco River.

Zoos - Natural Reserves - Farms

Tatu Carreta
An animal preserve. Casa Grande
Telephone number: (0351) 156- 470381

Estancia La Campiña - Ranch
Located at 7 kilometres from the La Falda City by the El Cuadrado road; it is a farm specialised in the breeding of iguanas and rabbits, as well as of dog species as setters and retrievers. It has a coffee shop. Guided visits.
Telephone numbers: (0351) 156-148352 and 156-567466.

Museo del Deporte "Pierre de Coubertin" - Sports Museum
This is the first museum in Argentina of both national and international sports. It is located at 32 Meincke Street (former Uruguay Street). It can be reached through the Edén Avenue up to number 100, and then turning left for some 20 metres.

This collection, brought together by the professor Alberto Moro, has the support of the Olympic Committee of Argentina (COA).

It is a private collection, whose goals are to be of help to the interests of athletes, teachers, trainers, students and scholars related to sports or humanities, but primarily to all the community in order of helping them to discover the most amazing aspects of the contemporary sports.

Other complimentary services: Library, photocopies, souvenirs (cards and posters) books for sale, etc.

Museo Arqueológico Argentino Ambato - Museum
It can be reached from the Edén Avenue, taking the left roadway that opens from the rear side of the fountain of Villa Edén. This Museum is located at 1469 Cuesta del Lago Street and contains objects from the stone age as percussion drums, hand made axes, scratching tools and arrow heads, all of which belong to the pre-ceramic period (between 12000 and 1200 BC).

In other rooms can be seen manifestations from the La Aguada culture (650 to 900 A.D.) as well as exhibits of the periods of Ampayango, Totoral, Ayampitín , the cultures of Tafí, Condor Huasi, Vaquerías, Alamite, Candelaria and Ciénaga, and the communities of La Aguada (Ambato phase), La Aguada, San José and Sunchituyoc.

From the late period can be observed pieces from the Belén, Santa María, Yocavil, Humahuaca and Averis cultures and some with an influence from the Incas. The exposition is completed with objects from the Hispanic-Indigene, Colonial and Ethnographic periods.

The outer areas of the Museum are also part of the exhibition, with the presence of some attractive elements.

Visits: it opens its doors to the public every day of the year between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm and between 3:00 and 8:30 pm. Visits from larger groups of students can be previously required.


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