Villa Carlos Paz Travel Guide

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Villa Carlos Paz Things to Do

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    by GentleSpirit Updated Dec 18, 2012

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    Compared to many of the popular attractions in Carlos Paz, this is something entirely different.

    Located about halfway between Carlos Paz and Alta Gracia (on the way back to Cordoba city- 5o km ) the University of Cordoba has an important telescope at the Astrophysical Station at Bosque Alegre. Located on a mountain at 1250 meters above sea level, it was opened in 1942 to serve Argentina's small community of astronomers. It has a Warner & Swassey refractor telescope, that until fairly recently was the largest in the southern hemisphere. From 2003-2009 the station was closed but it is now fully funded and open again.

    Guided visits are carried out by graduate students- cost is 10 pesos for adults, 5 for kids

    April to September: 10am-1 pm and 3pm to 6pm
    October to March: 10am-1pm and 4pm to 7 pm

    ****photo courtesy of Wikipedia (Dario Alpern)*****

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    You are told beforehand that realistically you may not see very many condors. Though it is basically truthful, I think they do that so that you don't get your hopes up too far and expect to see a bunch of condors right there in front of your eyes.

    The ideal time to see the most condors would be very early in the morning, before they go off to search for food. We set out pretty early, but not THAT early thankfully! I was full of energy and I think my guides couldn't help but notice that. The trail is about 9 km, it starts high and goes down gradually to the edge of the canyon. Its about a 2-3 hour hike each way.

    By the time we got to the viewing platforms I had already seen the condor, several of them. They don't fly like most birds, they just glide on the current, it is slow, effortless and breathtakingly beautiful to see a bird this large so graceful.

    Bear in mind, however, that unless you have a truly powerful telephoto lens you aren't going to see the condor very close up. Sure, they will fly above you for a time, but to photograph them in action they are across the canyon (on the south side)

    So, you have gotten there, you have hiked down to the viewing platforms and you have probably even seen the condor circling overhead. You could quit there. My guide said we can go a bit further down into the canyon, you will see what they call the Escuela de Vuelo (Flight School) The condor lives in canyons and gullys, places that are generally unreachable without a great deal of effort. Sure enough, the Escuela de Vuelo, where they nest and later learn to fly would be a regal pain to get to (to put it kindly.) What we saw there was the condor, first they would shelter each other, one is serving as a lookout. They go through this ritual somewhat like showering. We saw at least 10 condor there, many of them younger birds.

    When you are going into canyons you should always remember that no matter how wonderful the experience, you still have to get home, and the way out of this canyon is a challenging hike up. The way up was strenuous (but doable if you are in decent shape)

    It was an incredible experience!!!!

    PS please use the magnifier function to view the photos best

    the viewing platform condor in flight the canyon you go down into
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Birdwatching

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    Just a quick drive from Carlos Paz you will be in the Sierras de Cordoba, the mountain ranges. They are not generally high, but a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of Buenos Aires. There are plenty of good opportunities to enjoy the small villages, marked hiking trails and waterfalls.

    You can take the bus tour, which is what I did. The countryside is pretty and you make occasional stops in the little towns and villages along the way. For example you do make a stop at Cosquin, where they have a major folkloric festival every year. You will see some of the little towns with their architectural gems that various rich people built. There are still some fairly large landholdings, some with working cattle ranches still on them. A visit, or stay, on one of these estancias might give you a much truer picture of what the life of a gaucho really is like.

    There are also a number of union retreats, properties owned by the individual unions, a sort of subsidized resort for members. These are usually located in prized locations throughout the country.

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    • School Holidays
    • Hiking and Walking

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Villa Carlos Paz Hotels

  • Hotel Bristol

    Catamarca 35, Villa Carlos Paz, 5152, Argentina

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Pinares del Cerro

    Roque S. Pena y Parana, Villa Carlos Paz, 5152, Argentina

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Salerno

    Juan B. Justo 108, esquina Sargento Cabral, Villa Carlos Paz, X5152FHD, Argentina

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Libertador

    Avenida San Martin 1001, Villa Carlos Paz, 5152, Argentina

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Cordoba

    Belgrand 75, Villa Carlos Paz, 5152, Argentina

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Santa Cecilia II

    Alvear 479, C.P., Villa Carlos Paz, 5152, Argentina

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel El Monte

    Caseros 45, Villa Carlos Paz, 5152, Argentina

    Good for: Families

  • Gran Lourdes Hotel

    Cassaffousth 63, Villa Carlos Paz, 5152, Argentina

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Las Lajas

    San Martin y Autopista, Villa Carlos Paz, 5153, Argentina

    Good for: Families

Villa Carlos Paz Local Customs

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    by GentleSpirit Written Sep 26, 2012

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    The feast of the patron saint of Villa Carlos Paz is July 16- the Fiesta Patronal de Nuestra Senora del Carmen (Our Lady of Mount Carmel)-

    Nuestra Senora del Carmen was also the patron saint of the San Martin's Army of the Andes during the revolutionary war and is also the patron saint of many cities and towns throughout the country.

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