- Geologic site Los Gigantes, Los Terrones & Ongamira Valley.
- Caverns El Sauce.
Geology dominates Argentina ́s heart with unique curves, colors and vegetation.
DAY BY DAY
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN CÓRODOBA, THE HIDDEN GEM OF ARGENTINA.
Upon arrival at the Córdoba airport, you will be greeted by one of our guides and transferred to Hotel Azur Real. After check in we start a 2 1⁄2 hours walking tour. We will visit the Jesuit Block. It contains the core buildings of the capital of the former Jesuit Province of Paraguay: the church, the Jesuit priests’ residence, the university, and the Colegio Convictorio de Montserrat. Then we go to Paseo del Buen Pastor, a place with some interesting architectural nuances and interesting sculpture by local artista. Your guide will introduce you into the tradition of having mate, one of the most importat cultural features in Argentina.
Evening at your leisure to explore the city and try the local cuisine, an interesting mixture of different backgrounds.
Night at Hotel Azur Real.
DAY 2. LOS GIGANTES
After breakfast we leave the city compainned by our guide, today we will discover those places with years of history. We start our day visiting Natural Reserve Estancia Cerro Blanco (White hill). It rececives its name due the presence of large amounts of quartz formed in the Paleozoic era. From the same mine, many minerals of industrial importance have been extracted: quartz, feldspars, mica and beryl. Our guide will explain both the positive and negative impact of mining industry. We will have time to see in detail those geological formations and the minerals into them. The place is also the home of condors.
The day continues to Los Gigantes, a rocky massif that was formed in the era Precambrian 2. We will appreciatte the large stone formations, which abruptly emerge from the surface to form large walls of rock, which due to erosion, have formed various interesting shapes. The site with are known geoforms, locally recognized as El Pollito, El Hornito, El Gorila, El Indio, etc. and forming narrow galleries where species are developed that are adapted, not only to height, but also to sudden changes in temperature.
On our way back to hotel we will enjoy a moment at traditional family run restaurant La Felipa, time to have empandas and some refreshing drink.
Drive back to Cordoba Night at Azur Real Hotel
DAY 3. CÓRDOBA TO LA CUMBRE
After breakfast we leave Córdoba north direction Punilla valley till reach El Sauce Caverns in La Falda. This place is one of the most impressive geological sites in the country. The cave has aprox 1000 meters long and we will explore just a little by going inside it to have a very close view of all formations. The mysterious underground world is just there waiting to be discovered by you.
Night at Patios de la Cumbre.
DAY 4: LOS TERRONES AND ONGAMIRA VALLEY.
After breakfast we head to Los Terrones Park: Once there we will hike amid towering sandstone rock formations as we take in waterfalls and lush foliage and look out for condors flying overhead.
After a gourmet picnic lunch (included) we continue our excursion to Ongamira Valley. Healing energy points, sightings of strange lights linked to extraterrestrial activity and ancient tales of indigenous tribes make Ongamira one of Argentina’s most mysterious valleys. Though spiritual seekers from around the world flock to this enchanting spot in the north of Córdoba’s Sierras Chicas, 25km from Capilla del Monte, it remains steeped in secrecy. Lack of cell-phone coverage adds to the otherworldly mystique. Dotted with red sandstone formations and verdant green pastures where horses roam free, the valley – named after chief Onga – was once home to Comechingones, an indigenous tribe who lived here about 200 BC and used grottos carved out of sandstone as homes and ritual sites.
Night at Patios de la Cumbre.
DAY 5 LA CUMBRE
Enjoy the day at your own pace. Please see optionals below. Night at Patios de la Cumbre.
DAY 6. LA CUMBRE TO NEXT DESTINATION
Private transfer without guide to airport to take your next flight.