A Fun Getaway In Argentina: 8 Best Things To Do In Villa Carlos Paz

things to do in Villa Carlos Paz
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Villa Carlos Paz is a city in central Argentina, in the province of Cordoba. It lies on the slopes of the Sierras Chicas, in the Valley of Punilla, which is a major tourist destination in Argentina. Famous Cordoba city is just 36 km (22 miles) away. Villa Carlos Paz is also a very interesting tourist destination, full of history, attractions, and outstanding events. If you want to know what Villa Carlos Paz is famous for, check out the list below.

1. Watch the Rally Argentina

Chris Atkinson - 2005 Rally Argentina
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Most sports car enthusiast has likely heard about the Rally Argentina. If you haven’t, but you enjoy watching beautiful cars going fast and getting dirty, you should definitely check it out. The Rally de Argentina is a part of the World Rally Championship and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. It features about 1450 km (901 miles) of the soft roads of Santa Rosa and the narrow, rocky tracks of the Traslasierra Mountains.

The rally’s service park is in Villa Carlos Paz and there are many attractions in the village during this time. The race usually takes place at the end of April.

Rally Argentina

Website: Rally Argentina

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2. Villa Carlos Paz Chairlift

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If you really want to call yourself a tourist who actually visited Villa Carlos Paz, you can’t miss the Villa Carlos Paz Chairlift. This magnificent tour will let you get a real picture of the beautiful mountain range and the Valley of Punilla, with all its surroundings. The chairlift, at its peak, reaches 900 metres (2900 feet) above sea level. The chairlift opened in 1955, so it also has some interesting history. The tour starts at the lower level of the recreational centre, where you’ll also find some slides, shops and an aquarium.

Villa Carlos Paz Chairlift

Address: Florencio Sanchez s/n, X5152GKB Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba, Argentina

Website: Villa Carlos Paz Chairlift (in Spanish)

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3. Estancia La Quinta Park

Santa Vitoria do Palmar - Franc-Maconnerie
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Estancia La Quinta is not only a pretty park where you can enjoy the fresh air, have a picnic or hang out with friends, it’s a place of history, where you’ll learn more about cultural heritage and legacy left by the Jesuits, who lived in the area. Three old buildings, that were built by people living here over 500 years ago, were transformed into an exhibition hall and an archaeological site. At Numba Chavara, the on-site archaeological museum, you can see interesting exhibits showing how the native people lived in the Central Sierras.

Estancia La Quinta Park

Address: Los Zorzales 241, La quinta, X5154CZC Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba, Argentina

Website: Estancia La Quinta (in Spanish)

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4. Arroyo Los Chorrillos

Balneario El Diquecito en Villa Carlos Paz 3
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Would you like to go to the swimming pool to cool off during a hot day? Why pay for a pool full of children and chlorine, when Villa Carlos Paz offers amazing natural pools, full of tranquil water, good shade and a place to sit, rest and have a drink or a bite to eat? Arroyo Los Chorrillos has all the facilities you’ll need for a good day at the swimming pool - picnic tables, a restaurant, and of course a lifeguard, during the season. You can even camp in the area.

Arroyo Los Chorrillos

Address: Carlos Paz Village, Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina

Website: Arroyo Los Chorrillos (in Spanish)

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5. Cabalango y Tanti

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Cabalango y Tanti is another area offering beautiful, natural beaches, with cool water and magnificent surroundings. There are a couple of beaches here: Icho Cruz Beach, with shadowed, shallow waters, a camping area, and picnic tables and grills and Tala Huasi, where you’ll find sandy beaches, connected with ground typical of mountain ranges.

There’s also San Antonio de Arredondo, perfect for families with small children since facilities include a restaurant and a tearoom and Cuesta Blanca, where the area gives an opportunity for a perfect picture - small rocky beaches by the San Antonio River and Tanti, where you’ll find an amazing waterfall falling between walls of granite.

Cabalango y Tanti

Website: Cabalango y Tanti

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6. Peko's Multiparque

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For those who need some fun and a little adrenaline at the same time, we have Peko’s Multiparque. Since 1983, the park offers its visitors plenty of interesting attractions and games connected with learning about nature, as well as a little history. You can see big turtles and get taken to the Egyptian Pyramids and all the while riding big roller coasters or smaller rides. It’s great fun for the entire family. There’s also WaveZONE, a water park, right next door.

Peko's Multiparque

Address: Ruta Nacional 38, Villa Santa cruz del Lago, X5152 Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba, Argentina

Website: Peko’s Multiparque

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7. San Roque Lake

Lago San Roque - Córdoba
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When you look at a map of Villa Carlos Paz, the first thing you’ll see is a huge lake. This is the manmade San Roque Lake, built in 1886 and today, it doesn’t only provide fresh water for the capital, it also gives many opportunities for tourists and locals to spend a nice day outside. There are many good places around the lake to walk, picnic or play soccer. You should also consider taking a catamaran tour on the lake.

San Roque Lake

Address: Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba Province, Argentina

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8. Hiking Cerro de la Cruz

Villa Carlos Paz desde el sendero del Cerro de la Cruz 1
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Cerro de la Cruz is named after the cross standing over the city, at its highest point. It’s also the best observation point, where you’ll get a perfect panorama of Villa Carlos Paz and its surrounding area. The trip is great for hiking enthusiasts, but since the hike is not very long and can be very enjoyable, it’s recommended for everyone.

The hike is only 2 kilometres (1.2 miles), so it shouldn’t take more than two hours, but it will for sure leave you speechless. Start the hike right by the chairlift.

Cerro de la Cruz

Address: Cerro de la Cruz, Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba, Argentina

Website: Hiking Cerro de la Cruz (in Spanish)

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An Argentinian city and nature, together...

Even though it’s small, Villa Carlos Paz is an interesting city and there’s something for everyone to do here, from car races to nature and adrenaline-fueled activities.

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