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SAN MARCOS DE LA SIERRA

CORDOBA

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CORDOBA

SAN MARCOS DE LA SIERRA

Don Ramon de Cáceres y Mayca was commissioned by the Spanish Viceroy, Marquis Don Rafael de Sobremonte of carrying on his orders. Once the measuring lines were drawn on March the 17th of the year of 1806 "on clear and serene day, being about nine in the morning, with no contradiction", as was written down in the official document. The aborigines were baptised and christened accordingly. So was created this locality after the arrival of the settlers, now a nice villa with handsome hostelries in which to rest or maybe to fall for a beautiful landscape.

San Marcos Sierras is not only a town; it is the Capital of Honey inside the Córdoba Province, besides of being the ideal place in which to find oneself within the contact with nature's own equilibrium. It has been recently declared as Non Nuclear Territory and Territory for the Protection of Nature.

This is a very likely place to rest and enjoy its Highlander settings. San Marcos Sierras has two rivers, excellent weather and a true commitment with Nature. The traveller has the chance of meeting many enchanting and enigmatic places either on foot, on horseback or aboard a vehicle.

The ridge-and-gorge geographical profile comprised by the Valley, along with the presence of its two slow moving rivers which join in a great lagoon, generate a specially attractive micro-climate, even during Winter time, because the minimum temperatures are never as low as in the neighbouring towns in Punilla. This diaphanous sky, wide open to the Valley, keeps a clean atmosphere and, owing to being devoid of luminance pollution, the stellar watcher is rewarded with the sight of an amazingly clear night sky. The Milky Way, plenty constellations, stars and planets of our solar system appear at simple sight speckling the dome above.

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Road To Traslasierra
* Road to the High
   Summits

* Cruz del Eje
* La Paz
* Los Hornillos
* Clavero Mine
* Nono
* Quebrada del
   Condorito

* Salsacate
* San Carlos Minas
* San Marcos
   de la Sierra

* Tanti
* Villa Cura Brochero
* Villa de Soto
* Villa Dolores
Trekking can be practised across flat natural sceneries, specially recommended for older people, or across the sierras, which can be made by children, youngsters and adult people with adventurer spirits.

There are roads and paths optimal for riding across them on horses or on bicycles, daring to run over the Mountain Bike Circuit (descent of the Alfa Hill), were many races take place during different times of the year. Horse rides can be performed either alone or in groups with a guide, allowing the visitor to enter the most genuine aspects from the ancient mountains: the variegated woods, being able to tell between the different species of its vegetation, enjoy the diverse perfumes of wild flowers from which bees nurture (hence the quality of the honey so characteristic of this place), and sightseeing or listening to its animal life. The thrill of adventure on 4WD vehicles is also available in San Marcos Sierras, adding one more spice to the delight of living.

TERRESTRIAL ROUTES

- Form Córdoba by the Route 38 to the kilometre 112,5 and from there over a paved road for 12 kilometres more until reaching the town's entrance (see access 1 on the map). It takes only two hours across a highland landscape before reaching paradise. There are two other dirt roads that could be taken:

- One is a picturesque road that runs for about 22 kilometres across the sierra that has to be taken before reaching to the Capilla del Monte on the Route 38 and slithers beside the Capilla del Monte Dam (look for access 3 on the map)

- The other one also comes by route 38, turning at Charbonier by a road that winds through the sierra landscapes some 17 kilometres (access 2 on the map).

- From Buenos Aires, by Route 9, exiting by Panamericana, going through Roldán, Pilar and the Córdoba Motorway.

DISTANCES

San Marcos Sierras is a beautiful town located at the North-east of the Province of Córdoba, in the Department of Cruz del Eje. It stands at about 680 metres above sea level and shows an average temperature of 20° C.

Córdoba: 153 Kilometres.
Buenos Aires: 842 Kilometres.
Cruz del Eje: 24 Kilometres.
Capilla del Monte: 43 Kilometres.
La Cumbre: 60 Kilometres.
La Falda: 72 Kilometres.
Cosquín: 91 Kilometres.
V. Carlos Paz: 117 Kilometres.
Villa de Soto: 5 Kilometres.
Mina Clavero: 150 Kilometres.
Villa Dolores: 200 Kilometres.
La Rioja: 320 Kilometres.

AERIAL ROUTES

- From Buenos Aires (Aerodrome) to the Pajas Blancas Airport in Cordoba.

What to Visit

Capilla de San Marcos Sierras - Chapel
This small Chapel, located across the Main Square, is a jewell of the colonial art. On a carob tree piece of wood above the entrance are carved the words "Año del 1734 Jesús María y Jehová". According with the historian J. C. Lozada Echenique, "it already existed in the year of 1700, and was surely built before that". It was erected by Don Alfonso Luján de Medina under the advocacy of the 'Lord of San Marcos'. This Town acquired a great importance during the 18th century as great producer of legumes, vegetables and all kinds of fruits. It contributed to the creation and origin of Cruz del Eje along with the Estancia Siquiman.

The Ravine of the San Marcos River
This is a winding road that goes to Diquecito, passing by a fountain of mineral water. Alongside the road are beaches, camp sites and natural woods. It shows an ecosystem of the Sierra type. Natural Area, Protected.

Cerro de la Cruz - Mountain
Ascent to the hill to reach El Mirador (the viewing point), from which there is a panoramic sight of the Town and the Valley of San Marcos.

Cerro Alfa - Mountain
Ascent to the Hill, in which is a special place for watching sunsets and nocturnal skies. Sightings of UFOs. Energetic and meditation centre. From the summit can be seen the Quilpo River crawling below, there can also be seen the Uritorco, El Pajarillo and Las Gemelas Mountains, the El Cajón Dam and a part of the Punilla Valley.

Río Quilpo - River
This is one of the few non-polluted rivers existing, because there are no human settlements alongside it. The transparency of its waters allows gazing at the bottom of the river and the fishes swimming in it as deep as 2 metres. It also contains several places worth knowing:

- Municipal Beach Resort: warm crystalline waters with every commodity at hand.
- Tres Piletas: a paradisiacal place, you will enjoy its natural architecture on natural rock and the spectacular waterfall. The place is challenging for swimmers and passionate for fishermen, with striking sandy beaches in which huge boulders bring privacy to the visitors.
- Vado de López: in order to keep enjoying the warm, pure and quiet waters of the Quilpo River. This place is situated in the road that goes to La Fronda (marble quarries), from where the route goes through green and wild places criss-crossed by multiple streams, the next stage is Cuchi Corral, from where you have to take Route 38 to return to San Marcos Sierras.

Dique El Cajón - Reservoir
Its water mirror is framed by huge boulders of pink granite. This place is perfect for the practise of non-contaminant water sports, it contains ample beaches for fishing and a good inn.

Casa de Piedra (House of Stone)
The casa de Piedra is a cavern, an ancient sacred place that was used by the Comechingones for certain ceremonies. It has become an archaeological monument of cultural interest for the pictographs it keeps inside of it. This is also an Energy Centre, capturing the first beams of the sun when it rises behind the mountains, and the light of the full moon in some nights.

Dique Arturo Illia - Reservoir
Along the road to the Reservoir you will meet the Estancia de Siquiman, a colonial architectonic beauty. The Reservoir is ideal for fishing, windsurfing and riding on water bikes. At its shores are plenty clubs in which boats and other devices can be rented.

Plaza of the Cacique Tulián
It is loaded with tales and historical references, it is the geographical and cultural centre for the people of the region.

Circuito de las Siete Iglesias (Circuit of the Seven Churches)
A tour that is full of history, enchantment and religious feelings. It includes a visit to the churches of San Marcos, Los Sauces, Cruz del Eje, La Higuera, Villa de Soto and La Candelaria.

Piedras horadadas (Holed Stones)
The margins of the San Marcos River and La Quebrada (the Gorge) are strewn with mortars or grinding stones, used in ancient times for milling grains by the primitive inhabitants of this area.

"Ojos al Cielo" - "Eyes to the Sky"
This holed stones served -when filled with water- as mirrors for observing the skies by the indigenes.

Callejones (Alleys)
These are narrow paths and tunnels through the thick vegetation. To walk through them feeds the imagination with magic and charm any day of the year.

Feria de Artesanos - Fair of the Artisans
An exhibit and sell of handcrafts.

Museo Hippie - Museum
This is an exhibition of writings, music and other elements from Hippie times.

 


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