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7 destinations in the mountains of Buenos Aires for a getaway


Highlights: 7 destinations in the mountains of Buenos Aires for a getaway. Guided horseback riding, trekking, zip-lining and climbing, among other options. The region of the Buenos Aires mountains gives a different nuance to the uniform landscape of the humid pampas. The Tandilia system preserves intact these treasures of interest shared by scientists and tourists for 2,200 million years. In the Ventana mountain range, visitors have the possibility to imagine a return to the Paleozoic era, recorded some 480 million years ago.

Outdoor activities and in contact with nature. Guided horseback riding, trekking, zip-lining and climbing, among other options.

The region of the Buenos Aires mountains gives a different nuance to the uniform landscape of the humid pampas. Outdoor activities and activities in close contact with nature find an ideal setting in these attractive landscapes.

In addition, the recreational and relaxation proposal incorporates a didactic side, through an exciting journey to distant times to the oldest rocks and fossils in the country. The Tandilia system preserves intact these treasures of interest shared by scientists and tourists for 2,200 million years.

In the Ventana mountain range, visitors have the possibility to imagine a return to the Paleozoic era, recorded some 480 million years ago.

Here are seven mountain destinations to plan a getaway, when spring keeps its glow on and, little by little, the summer heat appears.

1) Tandil

Panoramic view of Tandil from the Moorish Castle of Independence Park.

360 kilometers from the city of Buenos Aires, Tandil offers the widest variety of guided walks and excursions through the mountains of Buenos Aires.

To this indisputable supremacy must be added the unrivalled quality of its cheeses and salami, the offer of cabins and hotels of all categories and the baptism flights with instructor that take off from the Aeroclub.

The traditional circuit through the mountains includes the hills of Centinela – whose chairlift allows you to reach the top – and La Movediza – where a replica of the huge rock that fell in 1912 was installed – the Via Crucis of Monte Calvario and the Moorish Castle of Cerro Parque Independencia, which offers the best panoramic view of the city.

10 kilometres from the town centre, the Cerro Leones historic site is the epicentre of granite extraction that began in 1880.

Where to stay. Cabañas Brisas Serranas: for two people with breakfast, cable TV, wi-fi, grill and two swimming pools, $54,000; for 4, $70,000; for 6, $97,000 (0249-154369123/

Cabañas Colinas Serranas: for 4 people with breakfast, cable TV, wi-fi, games for boys, swimming pool, kitchen with dishes and refrigerator, grill, soccer field and covered garage, $ 68,000 (0249- 154467441 / /

How much does it cost. Tibetan zip line and bridge circuit (2 hs.) in Stonestone Valley for ages 7 and up with a minimum height of 1.40 m., $8,000; rock climbing and rappelling (2 hs. 30'), $14,000; Adventure Circuit for children from 4 to 11 years old (2 hours), $ 8,000; Tibetan Combo (2 hs. 30'), $ 10,000; Guided trekking (3 hs.), $ 6.000 (

Where to get information. (0249) 451-3255 / 446-5144 / 454-8954 / /

2) Olavarría

Hills, lakes formed in quarries, farms, historic houses, the Paseo de las Vías and the museums of La Estación, de la Piedra and La Calera 1888 are some of the attractions to take into account before embarking on the Sierras Bayas Circuit, which also allows you to appreciate the remains of the oldest Portland cement plant in the country and the silhouettes of the Largo and Matilde Catriel hills.

An old stone quarry, in the Sierras Bayas de Olavarría.

Added to this unmissable route are the towns of European pioneers – mostly absorbed by mining activity – Colonia Hinojo, Colonia Nievas and Colonia San Miguel, where ancient ancestral traditions are preserved.

Where to stay. Hotel Santa Rosa: double room with breakfast, gym, cable TV, wi-fi and mini-bar, $42,500; apartment for 4, $53,350 (

How much does it cost. Guided excursion by Andrea Istillarte through Sierras Bayas and Colonia Hinojo with visit to a tea house and warehouse of regional products (4 hs. 30'), $ 22,000; Villa Fortabat, Sierras Bayas and Colonia San Miguel (6 hs.), $33,000; Sierras Bayas, Colonia Hinojo and Sierra Chica (5 hs.), $27,500. Option on each outing, visit to the museum and historical site La Calera 1888 (02284- 15479247 /

Where to get information. (02284) 480-023 / (02284) 15695796 / /

3) Blue

Boca de las Sierras Nature Reserve, near Azul.

The best place to enjoy the mountain landscape of Azul is the valley where the Boca de las Sierras Nature Reserve and Municipal Parador extends, which is reached through the undulating and picturesque route of Route 80, detached from Route 226.

The area is full of estancias, country warehouses and old train stations. Adventure activities (such as trekking, mountain biking, bike tourism, rappelling, zip-lining, and rock climbing) find their best scenery in the Peregrino, La Plata, Colorado, and Aguila hills.

42 kilometers from the city, in the Pablo Acosta area, you can visit the Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of the Angels.

Where to stay. Hotel Los Tilos: double room with breakfast, carport, cable TV and wi-fi, $21,600; quadruple, $30,000 (

How much does it cost. Three days and two nights in a hotel in Azul with half board with bus transfer from Buenos Aires and excursions to Boca de las Sierras, Trappist Monastery and Villa Pardo, $ 113,000 per person, double or triple (

Where to get information. (02281) 15472870 / / .

4) Barker

The mountain range of the Benito Juárez district, on the access road to the rural towns of Barker and Villa Cacique.

A strong mining history, around the Loma Negra cement plant – closed since 2019 – flies over Barker and its neighbor Villa Cacique, 60 kilometers from Tandil.

With the debacle of the main activity, these rural towns in the Benito Juárez district began to develop their tourist potential, sustained by the raspberry plantations, the surrounding hills -especially the striking cone of the Sombrerito, 420 meters high-, the legendary drink bar El Cacique, the Cueva Oscura and the Dorada and Margarita caves. with springs of water that emerge from its interior.

Two moments that are eagerly awaited by locals and tourists are the Provincial Raspberry Festival (in February) and the Provincial Festival of Homemade Sweets (in April).

Where to stay. Residencial San José: $7,000 per person per day, with cable TV, wi-fi, kitchen and crockery (0249- 154513456 / 0223- 156822172).

How much does it cost. 250 gr. jar of La Celema raspberry artisan jam, $2,800; half kilo, $3,500 (02281- 15660986 /

Where to get information. (02292) 498-400 / (02281) 15573060 / (02281) 15310529 / /

5) Balcarce

The preferences of tourists who come to Balcarce to discover its attractions are divided between the stone mass of the La Barrosa mountain range – 334 metres high – and the Juan Manuel Fangio Automobile Museum.

The view from one of the viewpoints of the Sierra La Barrosa, in Balcarce.

To get to the viewpoint at the top, you can travel a stretch by vehicle to the middle of the slope and then continue on foot or by mountain bike along a very narrow path that crosses the vegetation.

It is worth taking on the challenge, considering that the highest point of La Barrosa offers an unbeatable panoramic view of the city, the Balcarce racetrack, the mountains and the fields greened by soybean crops.

The first postcards of the natural environment can be seen through tables and benches, deliberately installed halfway to mate and delight the eyes.

Another unmissable corner of the mountain range is the El Dorado area, which offers direct access to the Brava lagoon.

Where to stay. Ruca Lauquen cabins and campsite, in Laguna Brava: accommodation in a tent with a pool, $7,500 per person; up to 12 years, $5,000; motorhome, $3,000; cabin for 2 with pool, breakfast, DirecTV, wi-fi, microwave, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer and electric coffee maker, $48,000 to $64,000; for 4, $60,000 to $75,000; for 6, $75,000 (

How much does it cost. Hike and trekking through the mountains (4 hs.) guided by Sandra Castro from Los Pinos (15 km from Balcarce), $ 5.000 (02266- 15538103).

Where to get information. (02266) 425-758 / (02266) 15430895 / /

6) Sierra de los Padres

27 kilometers from Mar del Plata along Luro Avenue -which becomes Route 226-, on the other side of the entrance arch to the tourist village, the commercial center of Sierra de los Padres abounds in bars, ice cream parlors, restaurants, confectioneries, craft shops, hotels, cabins, banks and minimarkets.

Sierra de los Padres, 27 kilometers from Mar del Plata along Luro Avenue and Route 226.

There the winding road takes off that leads to the highest point of the Sierra de los Difuntos, in the middle of elegant houses that balcony over the valley. Near the top, the main attraction for thousands of visitors is the Grotto of the Handkerchiefs, where the faithful knot their wishes in long garlands, tied around an image of the Virgin of Luján.

Another shopping promenade stretches into the summit. The most classic circuit can be combined with visits to La Casa de los Pavos Reales – populated by more than 300 peacocks, pheasants, deer, rheas and mandarin ducks – the El Paraiso zoo and a plant labyrinth.

Where to stay. El Granero Country Hotel: double room with breakfast, kitchen, DirecTV, wi-fi, linen, refrigerator and minibar, $35,000; Superior Double, $40,000; triple, $50,000; quadruple, $65,000 (

How much does it cost. Tandem Adventure paragliding flight with instructor (20' to 25'), $45,000; Serrano trekking, $4,500; climbing (3 hs.), $9,500; bike tour, $7,500 (

Where to get information. (0223) 495-1777 /

7) Sierra de la Ventana

At the foot of Cerro Ventana and its enormous natural borehole – at an altitude of 1,100 metres – a handful of villages make up the Sierra de la Ventana Tourist Region.

Belisario Horseback Riding, in Villa Ventana.

To reach the maximum natural attraction of the area, you have to walk along a dirt path, which first leads to a relaxed trek through the forest and, as soon as you ascend the slope of the Tornquist Provincial Park, you blur between gigantic rocks and increase the level of demand.

At the same time, the panoramic view of the valley and the mountains is becoming more spectacular. On the hillside, the last remnants of Pampas grassland can be detected.

All around, each village makes its contribution to the multifaceted color of the region.

Villa Ventana dazzles with an artisan doll workshop, log cabins, flowery gardens and streets transformed into pine tunnels. Villa Serrana La Gruta is a charming bunch of cabins, inns in the Abra de la Ventana. Also dazzling are Sierra de la Ventana, Villa Arcadia and Saldungaray, with the marks of the architect Salamone in the cemetery and a reconstructed fort.

Where to stay. Cabañas La Felicidad: Junior cabin for 2 with cable TV, wi-fi, dishes, grill, microwave, refrigerator with freezer, covered parking and bed linen, $50,000; Semi Señor cabin for 4, $55,000; Lord Cabin for 6, $67,000 (www.cabañ

How much does it cost. Guided horseback riding along the banks of the Belisario stream, with a view of the Tres Picos and Napostá hills (1 h.), $ 5,000 (

Where to get information. (0291) 494-0811 / (0291) 154293916 / /

Source: clarin

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