The five must-sees of Córdoba to visit on winter holidays

The province of Córdoba has different options to visit during winter holidays. photo/file

The province of Córdoba has different options to visit during winter holidays, from towns with Central European charm, landscapes of mountains, and historical and architectural richness, and among such a varied offer, we recommend five must-sees to visit: two paths of views incredible, two natural colossi and a neo-gothic wonder in the heart of the capital.

The Capuchin Church
meinaugurated in 1933 and located in the Nueva Córdoba neighborhood, Right in the center of the provincial capital, it is a neo-Gothic construction with a truncated tower and another 53-meter tower on its façade that pierces the Cordovan sky with its needle.

In 1926 the religious entrusted the project to the Italian architect and painter, Augusto Ferrari, who worked for several years on the building, and among other details, added figures of animals and stars painted inside.

Currently, tours are carried out and an ascent of 182 steps to the Mirador Tower is proposed, which offers an imposing view of the night sky, the city and the mountains.

During the visit you can also discover the Atlanteans, representations of men who support the columns of the temple, as well as a series of multicolored pillars that allude to the existence of different worldviews.

The Giants
For lovers of landscapes and capricious forms that nature choosesA must-see is Los Gigantes, a massif made up of granite stones some 350 million years old that is located at the northern end of the Sierras Grandes, with trails that resemble a labyrinth.

These characteristics make it one of the most important rock climbing centers in the countryOn whose walls there are some 400 equipped routes that are ideal for carrying out this sport.

The Sendero Norte is the favorite path to the highest point of Los Gigantes, what is Cerro Mogotewhich is accessed through the Casas Nuevas entrance, where the members of a local family, the Bazán, help to start the expedition.

The journey, which lasts about four hours, requires crossing slopes, streams and valleys, and after a series of climbs you reach the top that is located at 2,374 meters above sea level.

Another interesting fact is that the soils of the massif act like sponges that absorb water and guarantee a stable flow in its streams, hence its hydric importance.

Los Gigantes can be reached from Córdoba capital, which is about 85 kilometers away -a fact to take into account: the final 27 km are on gravel-. In addition, it is recommended to hire a qualified guide, as it is an area that presents risks.

Landscapes of mountains and historical and architectural richness star in the visual Photoarchive
Landscapes of mountains, and historical and architectural wealth are the stars of the visual. photo/file

The path of the tunnelsAnother must-see is the Path of the Tunnels that starts from the town of Taninga, along Provincial Route No. 28, and which derives from a road project of five steps below the mountain.

Each one is decorated with different artistic expressions and have viewpoints to observe panoramic views, such as the “Quebrada de la Mermela” and the “Velo de la Novia” waterfall, from where Andean condors can be seen.

Beyond the route there is the possibility of going down a gravel road to discover a landscape of dry forests, such as those of the Chancaní Nature Reserve and the Traslasierras National Park.

Carob trees, mistoles, quebrachos and caranday palm grow on these lands. and among the vegetation live pumas, honey bears, guanacos, peccaries and the Cordovan tucu tucu, an endemic species of rodents.

In the town of Chancaní you can take tours to learn more about the local traditions, which include patron saint festivities in which there is no lack of gaucho and folk groups from the region.

Los Túneles is reached from the provincial capital by taking the Camino de las Altas Cumbres along Provincial Route No. 34 to Mina Clavero -an experience that in itself constitutes another of the must-sees of Córdoba- and from there you must cross Cura Brochero and Panaholma .

The Way of the High PeaksAnother unmissable scenic route is the Camino de las Altas Cumbres, which winds for almost 100 kilometers that connect the capital of Cordoba with the Traslasierra Valley, crossing hanging bridges and piers towards the heart of the Sierras Grandes.

During the tour there are ravines, streams and waterfallsand alternatives for enjoyment are also appearing, such as the Condorito National Park and other towns and places that lend themselves to taking a break and trying various delicacies made locally.

On the way, the opportunity arises to visit the mountain inn “Giulio Cesare”, which is accessed by the so-called “Camino del Peregrino”, on RP-14.

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Córdoba prepares for the winter holidays. photo/file

Champaqui HillThe fifth must-see is the mythical Cerro Champaquí, known as “the roof of Córdoba”, with a summit at 2,790 meters above sea level, a great challenge for those who are introduced to mountaineering.

During the ascent, specimens of tabaquillo and maitén, among other trees, can be seen, accompanied by a series of crystalline streams, deep valleys and various granite formations.

The reward at the top is remarkable, with panoramic views of the Calamuchita Valley to the east and the Traslasierras Valley to the west.

The main ascent route is through Villa Apina, whose route begins in a pine forest and lasts three days, with a night in shelters and the summit on the second day.

Other alternatives include starting the expedition at Cerro Linderos, Tres Arboles and Estancia La Constancia, in San Javier, but the more adventurous can undertake the ascent through the tobacco forest of “El Hueco”, from Los Molles.

As a bonus, in San Javier and Yacanto it is possible to carry out ecotourism practices, with eco-glamping options.and visit stores and grocery stores that represent a colorful testimony of distant times.

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