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Caudillos Route, do you know it?

La Rioja surprises with countless natural attractions. However, the Route of the Warlords stands out above all of them- We tell you why.

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The Caudillos Route is located south of the capital of La Rioja, in the so-called Corridor de los Llanos. It is an itinerary of invaluable historical and natural value that passes through towns, valleys and ravines . We recommend taking this tour with a local travel agency. In this way you will be able to enjoy the wonderful natural spectacle for the eyes of those who want to know unique places.

The route Ruta de los Caudillos starts from the Independencia department, whose head is Patquia, “crossroads”, in Quechua. From there, we travel 78 kilometers south to reach the city of Tama, head of the department of Ángel Peñaloza, 140 kilometers from the city of La Rioja, where you can visit the Federal Museum and the church, under the patronage of Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Tama, which dates back to the mid-eighteenth century.

Then continue towards Paraje Pacatala, 40 kilometers from Tama, and continue along a beautiful road carved in the mountain towards the Quebrada de los Condores. This geographical feature is the Sierra de los Quinteros, one of the main tourist sites in the province.

About 2 kilometers before reaching La Quebrada, Posta Los Cóndores is the ideal place to spend the night in one of its cabins. There is nothing better than ending the day by observing the stars and tasting the typical cuisine of Rioja. It is an ideal place to hike along the Santa Cruz River, go hiking or horseback riding.

This pure water channel passes meters from the inn and gives the visitor the spectacle of a noisy waterfall. Another of the surprising attractions of the complex is the possibility of observing condors flying over the mountains a few meters away.

The Mirador de los Condores

To visit the Mirador de los Condores, a long circuit of five kilometers is offered, which leaves the inn and lasts about five hours back and forth, until you reach the viewpoint or balcony, from where you can see the whole plain of the Chamical.

There is also a short circuit, two kilometers, which starts from the tip of the sierra with a walk of about 40 minutes to the orchard Las Higueras, and from there to the Balcón de las Higueras, from where you can see the dike and the plain of Olta.

The Quebrada de los Condores is unique because it has the sighting above the dormideros. Here you can see the Andean condors that have 3 meters of wingspan fly three or four meters above the heads of the visitor. These viewpoints are considered to be the best in the world for sighting, according to a survey made by national agencies of Argentine tourism. The place, which can be visited all year round, has an average temperature of 10° in winter, and the ideal time to visit is from October to March.

The climate is mountain at 1000 meters above sea level, Easter and long weekends are the moments of greatest influx of tourists. Above all, groups that take walks or take one of the two paths to the viewpoints. The long circuit can also be done on horseback up to a few kilometers from the balcony.

The Route of the Warlords continues

The Posta de los Cóndores is the starting point to plan visits to the various towns of the Caudillos Route:

Huaja, in that place was born Angel Vicente Peñaloza, “El Chacho”, protagonist and architect of Argentine federalism. Continued of Facundo's struggle and ideals. At the edge of RP 29, there is a replica of his birthplace.

Atiles, native land of Rosario Vera Peñaloza, the first teacher of the country. She had an outstanding teaching career as director of the normal school of Cordoba, supervisor of physical education, founded schools being a pioneer in early education, manual work and creation of didactic materials. She also created and directed the Argentine Museum for primary school.

Los Colorados, with the Cueva del Chacho, where they say the warlord was hiding. San Antonio, birthplace of Facundo Quiroga. In this place you will find the historic building of the Military Training School, vestiges of the paternal house of the Quiroga family, a bicentennial carob, a Cultural Interpretation Centre and the church whose construction is attributed to relatives of the caudillo.

Chepes, with the warlords museum, in which it was the main house of Apolinario Tello, which was built in the mid-1700s. The flags and fighting suits of Facundo Quiroga and El Chacho can be appreciated. Some of the belongings of Rosario Vera Peñaloza and Joaquín Víctor González are some items of important value that it preserves. And finally Malanzán, where is the site where Facundo Quiroga lived. It stands in the heart of the Caudillos Route, an unparalleled place located in a corner of the Sierra de los Llanos, at the foot of Cerro El Elefante.

More to see on the Route of the Warlords

Also part of this Caudillos Route is the Guamasayo Provincial Natural Park, which covers almost 70,000 hectares and has been formed before Talampaya. The dam and the village of Olta. And Loma Blanca, where Chacho Peñaloza was killed, who today has a replica of his house.

Publication Date: 11/07/2020

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