Last weekend, Jake and I decided to take a trip to La Cumbrecita, a small pedestrian town in a valley of the sierras. We met at the bus terminal at 9:30AM to buy our bus tickets but encountered a small problem; there were not any buses that traveled directly to La Cumbrecita. That said, our what-we-thought-would-be-2-hour bus trip turned into a 5 hour ordeal. We had to take our first bus from Córdoba to Villa General Belgrano and the second from there to La Cumbrecita. When arriving in Villa General Belgrano, we learned that the next bus to La Cumbrecita would leave in 2 hours. 2 hours?! Ay.
Luckily, it was a beautiful day, and the 2-hour “layover” (if you can call it that) turned out to be a blessing. Villa General Belgrano happens to be a mini German town on the east side of the province of Córdoba. Some residents and friends had previously recommended that I travel to Villa General Belgrano, so it was nice to be able to spend 2 hours getting to know this little cordobese gem.
Villa General Belgrano’s idea of a city sign? I dig.
After 2 hours of boludeando in Villa General Belgrano, Jake and I made our way back to the bus terminal and boarded a bus to La Cumbrecita. When we arrived, we reserved our bus for the ride back so that we would make it back to Villa General Belgrano in time to catch the last bus back to Córdoba. Good idea on our part because later there were a lot of sad travelers who didn’t know they had to make their reservations and couldn’t board the bus .
As I mentioned above, La Cumbrecita is a pedestrian town. Cars are prohibited and visitors enter the city by crossing a bridge by foot.
La Olla – A popular Argentine hangout on a sunny day.
The vista down the river taken at La Olla. A waterfall called “La Boca del Diablo.” Another popular hangout on a sunny day.
The wet climate provides good growing grounds for these hongos. Apparently they have hallucinogenic properties if prepared right. A local showed us a wikipedia page about them on her phone, but I didn’t take note of the name.