La Cumbrecita, Argentina has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time now. During my last trip to Argentina the small mountain town eluded my travels, but after hearing word of the town’s quaint charm (cars are not allowed in the town) and incredible mountain scenery lined with miles of hiking trails I knew I would have to go.
Trip Report: One-Way Down to Argentina
La Cumbrecita is a small alpine village set at 1,450 meters above sea level at the base of the Sierra Grandes in the Córdoba Province of Argentina. Only around 140 houses are nestled into the spruce and pine forests and cars are not allowed on the villages streets. The best part is that it’s not more than two hours south of Córdoba city and easy to reach by bus or car.
How to Get to La Cumbrecita, Argentina
After spending three days in the scorching heat of Rosario, Argentina, Susan and I decided to head to the mountains for cooler climates and crisp fresh air. To get to La Cumbrecita by bus it entails traveling first to Villa General Belgrano, a small city 118 km to the south of the city of Córdoba. Several bus companies have daily services to here including TUS, Sierras de Cordoba, and Pájaro Blanco (also has direct routes from Cordoba to La Cumbrecita).
From Villa General Belgrano a 30 km winding paved road offering scenic views of the Sierra Grandes will take you to La Cumbrecita. Pájaro Blanco is the only company that runs buses (daily with multiple departures) from Villa General Belgrano to La Cumbrecita and tickets can easily be purchased at the bus terminal.
Once in La Cumbrecita you will get dropped off at the bridge entering the town because the town center is pedestrian only.
Where To Stay, What To Eat & What To Do
The small Germanic village only has a dozen or so options for accommodations. After taking a look on Tripadvisor we decided to book a stay at an awesome lodge-like hotel sitting on top of the hill called Suites de la Colina. It’s a small family owned hotel featuring uniquely styled suite rooms. The brothers who run the place are outdoor enthusiasts and know just about every single trail and activity in the area and can point you in the right direction for any outdoor adventure.
When we arrived into town, the owner of our Suites de la Colina, Santi, was waiting to pick us up and shuttle us up the hill in his yellow Land Cruiser. It wasn’t a far walk, but it was sure easier than lugging our bags up the steep hill in front of the lodge. He also shuttles guests staying at other hotels in town to/from his restaurant during the evening for dinner.
As the top ranked accomadation on Tripadvisor, Suites de la Colina did not fail to impress and each suite offers incredible views of the Sierra Grandes at your doorstep. We even had a patio terrace which made for the perfect place to cork open a bottle of Malbec while watching the sun fall behind the mountains.
I shouldn’t forget to mention that the resturatunt at Suites de la Colina is also the top place to eat in town and serves some exquisite cuisine—something you would expect in an upscale bistro in Buenos Aires.
On the day we arrived in La Cumbrecita a dense fog layer hovered over the mountains and village, but luck was in store for us since the forecast for the next several days were nothing but sunshine.
With our stomachs full from a great breakfast and a little advice from the brothers at Suites de la Colina we hit the trails up into the mountains. Winding through houses nestled in the pine trees we reached a historic cemetery sitting above the town. A few of the headstones even said that the person laying at rest was a pioneer of the town. The town itself is only 80 years old.
As almost all the trails in the area do, we continued up into the high mountains. The trails are reminiscent of Moab, Utah with smooth rock mottled with patches of wild grass. Much of the landscape is grasslands which also explains the enormous number of cattle and sheep grazing the lands. The best part is that you get a view from everywhere.
We hit the trails everyday while in La Cumbrecita and there are multiple different options—from short jaunts from town to longer epic loops. Almost all of them leave and return from the center of the village, plus if the weather is clear you’ll have views back down the valley along almost the entirety of the hike. This makes it super easy to keep track of where you are and where you are heading.
All the hikes were very enjoyable and we even came across old abandoned ranch homes and a small waterfall that you could cool off in during the summer. For people with more time and preparation, there are backpacking routes here that can take 2-3 day along a ridge that lead to the town of Villa de Merlo on the other side of the Sierra Grandes.
After spending our six days in La Cumbrecita I still was not ready to depart. Waking up to crisp fresh air and having incredible scenery and trails out my backdoor was the perfect recharge after spending more than two weeks in Buenos Aires. To top it off our stay at Suites de la Colina made the stay perfect and we couldn’t say more about how its the perfect home-away-from-home in the mountains.
For anyone that enjoys the outdoors and tranquility of the mountains I’d be the first to recommend heading to La Cumbrecita to explore the area for a few days. With its laid back feel and great accommodations, one could easily spend a week in the town and not want to leave.
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