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A Starry Wonder: Skirt of Carmen

If you are looking for unique postcards, Falda del Carmen hides small wonders from Cordoba that surprise you at every step.

Estación Astrofísica de Bosque Alegre

 Falda del Carmen  is one of the key  destinations  to make those getaways from the capital city.  That is why we in Cordoba have it as one of the favorite destinations. It is that this space is a paradise for the belly and the mind. It not only abstracts us from the city rhythm of the capital of Cordoba, but also offers us  unique delicacies,  which can only be obtained in these  mountain corners. 

It is located  in   the Paravachasca Valley ,  in the Santa Maria department and just 7 km from Alta Gracia. Its creek of the same name invites us to spend  splendid evenings and nights.  The chapel Nuestra Señora del Carmen, which was originally made of adobe and thatched roof, with images of Our Lady of Carmen and San Jose. Today it is one of the attractions for those interested in the history and religion of each place. But there are more in this village of almost 200 inhabitants.

A big sky, a thousand stars

One of the most visited and recommended places in the Falda del Carmen area is the  Astronomical Observatory . Its official name is  Estación Astrofísica de Bosque Alegre,  a place where you travel is towards the stars. In the middle of the mountains of Cordoba, at 1350m above sea level, a tower rises from which we can  immerse ourselves in  the whole universe.   Can something be more magical?  Just 50 km from the capital of Cordoba, this observatory has telescopes to connect  with the immensity  of galaxies.

The Main Dome was built in 1928, but this astronomical center was opened only in 1942. The building is surrounded by pine trees that are functional for a  better appreciation of the sky.  They regulate the temperature changes generated by floor heating and allow better vision. The telescope used weighs 40 tons.

This station located in Falda del Carmen has 15 hectares, available for everyone to visit, which can be  daytime or night.  Day every weekend (Saturday, Sunday and holidays), without prior reservation. From 11:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00 (from April to September) and from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 (from October to March).

Night visits: 20:00 to 22:00 (between October and March) and 19:00 to 21:00 (between April and September). They take place on Saturdays, prior registration by e-mail to or phone (0351) 4331063/4/5.

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 How to get there:  Falda del Carmen is about 35 kilometres from the city of Cordoba. By car you can reach the RP 5 or the RN20 and RP C45. By collective, one option is with Grupo Sarmiento buses.

 Where to stay:  There are several cabins for you to stay.

 Gastronomy:  Three gastronomic sites stand out: Gran Vadori, with a gourmet tradition, La Pulpería de Achával, between pasta and grill, and the Quito warehouse, with its sandwiches.

Publication Date: 01/10/2020

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