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CORDOBA

TANTI

This picturesque locality is located at the geographical centre of the Republic of Argentina. It has many setting, religious, historical and cultural attractions and is located at some 15 kilometres from Villa Carlos Paz and at an altitude of 867 m.a.s.l.

In ancient times it was the first staging post between the cities of Córdoba and San Juan. Those were colonial times. The date of its foundation was set on March 23rd of 1848, the day when the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Church was inaugurated.

The word 'Tanti', which means 'Solar de Piedra' or 'House of Stone' in the tongue of the Comechingones, is a traditional tourist place with an important infrastructure of services as hotels, campsites, cabins and beach resorts. It is a special destination for lovers of adventure tours, inorder to the great number of activities that can be performed starting from this locality (it will be convenient to request for previous information about the different activities at your local tour offices).

One cannot miss a visit to the Cascada de los Chorrillos Waterfall, the Cascade of Tanti (nearby the Municipal bathing resort), the Cave of the Virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa or trekking through the close-by hills. Tanti is the forceful entrance to all the lovers of heights and to those aiming to climb the Los Gigantes Mountain.

Knowing Tanti is getting inside the way of living of marvellous people, is the magic of the beauty that lays hidden within its many gorges and streams, available to those who, seeking for the contact with nature, arrive to this exotic 'Solar de Piedra'.

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CORDOBA - ARGENTINA
Cordoba Argentina
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Weather and Climate in Cordoba
How To Get to Cordoba
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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
- Location and Distances -From the City of Buenos Aires: 255 Kilometres
-From the City of Córdoba: 51 Kilometres
-Accessing Routes: National Route N°38 and Provincial Route N° 28 (former National Route N° 20).
-Altitude: 865 m.a.s.l. -Weather: Mild; highlands type, influenced by the southern (Sudestada) and northern winds (Zonda) and regional winds typical from a mountainous outline.
-Temperature: an Annual average of 20° C; with a maximum of 38° C and a minimum of -2° C
-Rainfall: It pours between November and February (Summer season)
-Snowfall: During July and August, some late snowfalls can occur in September.
-Highest Peak: Cerro Los Gigantes Mountain (2.350 m.a.s.l.) the second most in the Sierras Grandes

- Rivers: Its Rivers are seasonal depending on the rainy season.

Yuspe River: born within the Sierras Grandes from water springs and engrossed by the rains. Its water course is a fierce and roaring torrent that meanders throughout these lands until meeting the San Francisco River to give birth to the Cosquín River, which will finally flow into the San Roque Lake.

-Tanti Stream: born at 4 Kilometres from this locality from crystalline springs and flows into the San Roque Lake with the name of Las Mojarras River.

-Los Chorrillos River: born in the skirts of the Sierras Grandes from springs and rainfall and is engrossed by small streams along its course. Its waters finally flow into the San Roque Lake.

Flora
This is part of the Neo-Tropical Region, El Chaco Domain, in the Espinal Province. The characteristic species are: pepper tree (Litherea molloides) quebracho de las sierras (Sehinopssi haenckeona), tusca (acacia caven) and others.

Fauna

-Mammals: weasels, peludos, mountain lions, pumas, vizcachas, guinea pigs and many other species of rodents.

-Birds: eagles, ducks, parrots, humming birds, pigeons, sparrows.

-Reptiles: poisonous snakes (rattle snake, yarará) and non poisonous snakes, small lizards, chelcos and iguanas.

-Amphibians: common toad, green frog and the dwarf little toad or coloured little toad, a typical species of this area.

-Fish: palometas, trout, mojarras, viejas de agua.

Minerals

-Uranium plant
-The biggest marble quarry in the Country.

What to Visit

IGLESIA NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL ROSARIO DEL MILAGRO - CHURCH
It is located at 100 metres distance from the central ford of the Tanti Stream, in the General Paz Street. The rest of the Town was built around its location. Its construction started in 1848. Its walls are of stout adobe and it is one of the relics of the Town. Many artists such as Luis Pedrotti, have portrayed it on their paintings.

TOUR BY THE MARGINS OF THE TANTI STREAM
This Stream is born at 4 Kilometres from the Town, fathered by some streams from the highlands. Along its distance, six natural pools are formed, ashore which six beach resorts are created. Alongside its course, one of its shores becomes a trail.

CENTRAL CIRCUIT
It comprises the San Martin Avenue, the Municipal Amphitheatre, the ford over the Tanti Stream, the Parochial Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario del Milagro and the "Las Tres Marías" Casona (old mansion), one of the first hotels of the locality.

CAVE OF THE VIRGEN DE LA MEDALLA MILAGROSA
It is accessed through the Madre Camila Rondón Street. It is a Sanctuary for the Virgin Mary under the avocation of the Medalla Milagrosa and Saint Cayetano. It contains a natural cellar in which are kept the images of Saint Cayetano and the Virgin of the Medalla Milagrosa. A large white cross stands at the top of it.

CRUZ DE FATIMA
It stands at the El Paraíso Street, where the Calvary of Jesus is re-enacted. At the top of the mountains a shrine was built to honour the Virgen de Fatima.

TOUR BY THE COLONIAL RUINS AND THE HOUSE OF MEDINA ALLENDE
This place can be reached through the Italia Street or through the General Bustos Street to the point it intersects the Tanti Stream. Within few blocks one passes by an old monastery, the remains of a colonial staging post, the residence of the traditional Medina Allende family and a 150 year old adobe house.

EL DURAZNO
At 5 Kilometres from Tanti and at an altitude of 1.050 metres above sea level, we will find a neighbourhood of picturesque houses deployed at the sides of a grove and a small stream. From its natural balconies a great portion of the Valley can be sighted.

YUSPE RIVER
It is located 11 Kilometres away from Tanti. It is the ideal spot for trout fishing. It is born at the peaks of the Sierras Grandes Ridge.

MACIZO MOUNTAIN - LOS GIGANTES
It stands 30 Kilometres from the Town of Tanti. It is the highest peak of the Sierras Grandes, an ideal place for the practise of mountain climbing. Its Mountain top stands at 2.465 m.a.s.l. and remains covered by snow during the Winter season.

LOS CHORRILLOS STREAM AND WATERFALL
The source of this stream is located at 14 Kilometres from Tanti within an almost wild environment. Close to its birth place a 115 metres high waterfall drops in the midst of a thick vegetation.

FLOR SERRANA
This Village is located at 5 Kilometres from Tanti at the margins of the Cristal Stream, which owns a natural pool and beautiful cascades.

Beach Resorts

LA CASCADA
Laying at the margins of the Tanti Stream and about 100 metres beyond the El Diquecito river beach, it has a 20 metre high water jump that falls among granite walls and thick vegetation. Behind the cascade and climbing by the borders of the stream, stands the Cave of the Ferns and the Well of the Indian, where the ancient indigenes left gigantic mortars made of stone.

LA ISLA - THE ISLAND
At the meeting point of the Tanti and Los Sauces Streams lays this natural island, containing a well furnished tourist compound. It offers safe guard assistance and a guarded parking lot. Inside the Compound and over the Los Sauces Stream it has a natural pool for children.

EL DIQUECITO
It is situated at the margins of the Tanti Stream. Its main feature is a huge crystalline waters pool which depths range between 30 centimetres and 6 metres. It is fitted with all the commodities available. It has a guarded parking lot.

SANS SOUCI
It is also located ashore the Tanti Stream. It counts with every lodging service and offers a personal attention

RIO GRANDE
It stands at the shores of the Tanti Stream. Sand beaches, shades under the willows and barbecues.

LA OLLA
This river beach resort is located at the margins of the Tanti Stream. It has a natural well and a pool for children.

LOS SAUCES
It is located over the Los Sauces Stream. It is a peaceful spot with lots of shade provided by trees.

VILLA DOUMA
It is located at the shores of the Tanti Stream. Rocky soil

LOS ARBOLES
It is located over the margins of the Tanti Stream. All lodging services are available. One of its assets is a deep swimming pool.

Horse Rides (this circuits are also good for trekking)

LOS CHORRILLOS WATERFALL
Located in the proximity of Tanti, hidden inside the eastern skirts of the Sierras Grandes Ridge, a beautiful ravine, carpeted by a thick vegetation, is the scenery through which the Los Chorrillos Stream flows. In this amazing set up, descending through sheer vertical walls of stone, two magnificent natural pools located at different levels and an incredible water jump (dropping almost 100 metres) had gained many fans due to its great beauty, easy access and its availability throughout the year.

At an altitude bordering 1.000 m.a.s.l., the area containing the cascade shows many outcroppings of rocks within thick shrubbery. One of these scrubs, the 'romerillo', gives the scenery a particular golden hue when it flowers. Another species that grow here are the 'espinillos', 'manzano de campo' and below these, a very densely knitted pasture of different gramineous which should be preserved, in order to retain the water from the rains beneath the soil instead of eroding the slopes of the hills.

The trees are represented by the 'molle (pepper tree) de copa globosa' with its olive green colour and its peculiar glow, and by the "quebracho colorado serrano" whose leafs turn into a charming red-yellow hue between late July and September.

Within the animal kingdom, we can see vizcachas, guinea pigs, pumas, mountain cats, weasels and grey fox. As for birds, there are shielded eagles, common hawks, red small hawks, bald congos, red headed jotes, chingolos, thrushes and peregrine falcons.

It is possible to spend one or more days at the surroundings of the cascade, but you would have to bring your own camping equipment and food, for there is only a couple of flat open spaces and no services of any kind available.

Trekking

BIRTH OF THE PINTO RIVER
These are brand new circuits to the Sierra's expeditions, located in scarcely promoted areas and with difficult access for vehicles. For example, to the North of the superior course of the Yuspe River in the Department of Punilla is located the Pampa de San Luis. This is a very interesting plateau, with a great 'water castle' (birthplace to many rivers and tributaries of important rivers of these highlands). Form these springs surge the Los Avalos and Pintos Rivers, which will later flow into the Cruz del Eje Reservoir. To the East, on the other hand, flows the unknown Negro River, whose stream crawls through the hidden Tanti Valley (secluded from the Punilla Valley by the mountains of the same name) until giving its waters to the Yuspe River before going through any settlement.

THE PAMPA DE SAN LUIS
Located between 1.350 and 1.900 metres above sea level, its uppermost areas show a landscape similar to that of the Patagonian steppes. Across its oriental and southern slopes, over the Yuspe River, a very interesting transitional scenario between the Sierras Chicas and the altitude small woods of tabaquillos and maitenes (alike those in the Condorito Ravine and Pampa de Achala). In these steep slopes, all of the streams born in the higher areas develop some showy cascades. This zone is mostly composed by damp gorges carpeted by ferns and epiphytes that hang from ancient trees which, due to the inaccessibility of this place, have been spared from the axes of the lumberjacks and the flames of fire.

Few outlined paths cross the Pampa de San Luis, owing to the scarce human settlements. Nevertheless, there are some roads, although in bad conditions, that could drive the visitor to a quarry or abandoned mine. The presence of an experienced guide will be necessary to get into its most secluded places, where the only sounds to be heard are the chirping of the 'vencejo serrano' (a sparrow-like bird) and the whistle of the wind. The visitor will also be rewarded by the magnificent sight of the Uritorco across the Pampa de Olaén.

 


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