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Sierra de los Padres: 7 places you can't miss

If you are in Mar del Plata (Buenos Aires), you can't miss a trip to Sierra de los Padres. Do you know what to visit there?

Sometimes it is enough to move a little to find great wonders. If you are living in   Mar del Plata   (Buenos Aires), or are visiting there, you can't miss a getaway to  Sierra de los Padres  , a place that offers a very different from that of the spa town.

Just 25 km from  Mar del Plata , you will find this world of wavy fields, mountain ranges, valleys and a wide variety of fauna. The  Sierra de los Padres  offers us, from its top, a beautiful panoramic view of the region. But that's not the only thing you can do there. We leave you a list of places you can not miss in Sierra de los Padres.

1) Laguna de los Padres

The Laguna de los Padres is within a forest reserve in which different species abound: black-necked swans, partridges, mulitas, hares. Its crystal clear waters are ideal for boating and fishing. The surrounding forests, meanwhile, invite the picnics in the shade of eucalyptus and cedars. In addition, activities with higher doses of adrenaline can be done: baptism flights and  paragliding courses,  horseback riding  in the moonlight, rock climbing,  trekking  and crossings in 4x4.

2) Scarves Grotto

Under a huge stone roof, you will find this natural grotto in which an image of the Virgin of Luján was placed. This place is known as the Grotto of Handkerchiefs because, whenever people gather to pray, it is tradition to tie a handkerchief there.

3) Penon de Santillan

It is an imposing rocky mole that is located within the residential neighborhood. With the shape of a fungus, it is erected resisting the passage of the years.

4) Jose Hernández Municipal Museum

Sierra de Los Padres keeps its history at the José Hernández Municipal Museum. It occupies the centre of the first room in the area and tells the local rural history. It was founded with the aim of developing a cultural work aimed at maintaining Argentine traditions, particularly in the province of Buenos Aires.

5) Educational and ecological farm

This is a walk for the youngest to know how different domesticated species develop. Farm animals are distributed in such a way that they can be clearly observed. On the premises there is a recreation area with children's games, swimming pool, football court and tennis.

6) Zoo

The zoo is designed as a rescue, reproduction and breeding center. It is the habitat in which more than 300 animals live together, among which peacocks, flamingos, lions and llamas stand out.

7) Jesuit Reduction of Pilar

It was created in 1746 as a center for Jesuit evangelization and settlement of indigenous people. It is bordered by the Laguna de los Padres and has large groves. There it is possible  to travel in time : three  adobe ranches and a missionary chapel persist the passage of the centuries almost in their original state.


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