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Trekking in Cordoba: the perfect place to start

The province has beautiful landscapes, good weather and guides. All these advantages are a plus when it comes to getting started on trekking.


Outdoor activities are increasingly necessary. The rhythm of life demands a contact with nature.  Hikes  and  trekking  in the mountains are the proposal.

“ Córdoba  is a  multifaceted province , because it has small mountain ranges, large mountains, and we have the Serranías de Pocho, very unknown, with a much more arid environment, m&close to the Rioja landscape. We also have the Sierras del Norte, with landscapes closest to Cerro colorado. There are different landscapes and all within easy reach,” says Matías  Vivanco , from the program   Hoy no sleep en casa  .

 Given these advantages, you could tell us about the different places to practice. What are the most massive sites and what are the secrets? 

There are some places that have become very massive and others have remained in the gloom. Among the massive, Champaquí is the highest point, which is why it is the biggest sports challenge, is the  roof of Cordoba . Another massive point is the Uritorco hill. Behind the Uritorco lies the giant massif. And the Quebrada del Condorito. Among the secret places, I would make special mention of the whole west and north Cordovan, mainly the volcanoes of Pocho. It is a completely rugged  landscape  , with  few tourist services , extremely preserved on a natural level, completely different from what one is used to. The flora is very different, reigns the palm caranday, which is a native palm tree. Another very interesting place is the Chancaní nature reserve, which lies a little beyond the volcanoes. And the Salinas Grandes, northwest. It's a very rugged place, not for anyone, very risky. However, in recent years tourism has grown, as there are many guides who have become professionalized and have started to make excursions.

 What difficulties does sport offer? What are the risks? 

Like any sport, it depends on the level of challenge you propose. Similarly, the Cordovan stage (mainly the  Sierras Chicas y Grandes ) has many risks. That's why we commonly hear about  missing people , for example. Abrupt changes in temperature, low clouds that generate haze, the lack of signage  trails  , are many of the risks that make this activity need to be taken seriously. A suggestion to do it is to hire qualified  trekking guides  that provide security to the activity we carry out.

 Who can do it?  

Anyone, because, as we mentioned before, there are countless paths and challenges. A key thing is to enjoy good health. You have to have a certain sensitivity to the natural. We've been taking 62-year-old people for three days going to our par.

 What equipment do you need for a walk?  

For initiation walks, the basics: sportswear, good footwear, the most recommended is a trekking boot. Healthy foods, fruits, cereal bars, cheeses, because they endure over time. And the other more technical equipment is the trekking poles, which give more balance and relieves the effort that the legs make, prevents one from twisting.

 What is the pleasure of doing trekking? 

One of the greatest pleasures is this of going back to the natural, losing the cell phone signal, listening to the birds sing, and so on. At the same time, on the mountain, people behave as they are.  Get the best or the worst out of you . Because you share many hours with people who may or may not be known. People generate very deep relationships in a very short time. You share and open up.

It starts the heat and is the optimal time to start walking. Places abound, guides too. It's just a matter of attitude and encouragement to adventure.


Publication Date: 19/10/2019

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