From Cordoba airport, we rented a car 🚗 and drove 3 hours down the Camino de las Altas Cumbres to Mina Clavero, a small valley town on a river, southwest of Cordoba. The drive was very pretty and the landscapes ⛰️ were unexpected (tree-less, rocky, flat expanses next to mountain ranges). The Camino de las Altas Cumbres has expanses of nothingness that made us feel like we were alone. We got one traffic ticket for not having our lights on. After that, you’d think that we would have learned our less. So why not, we got another traffic ticket. When you drive in this area of Argentina, make sure to have your lights on!

An empty road near Mina Clavero

We took a bit of a DIY road trip to see what the Sierras were all about. Without much understanding of the region, we chose Mina Clavero as our destination, having found a place to stay. Locals were surprised about this choice as it is not popular with foreign tourists.

Dan looking at a view point near Mina Clavero Becca looking at a view point near Mina Clavero

Mina Clavero

Chilled-out 😎 Mina Clavero has its high season in Argentine summer, but we went in autumn (April), so it was quiet, relaxed and a bit empty. We like this approach as it allows us to get to see a place in a new light.

We stayed at Andamundos Hostel, which has river access in the backyard and a big kitchen for everyone to use. Bring your best Spanish! Mina Clavero is geared toward Argentine tourists, so English was not as present as in the metropolises.

Beware that bodegas and small markets for fresh food (🍚 🍳 🍅) close early, so do your grocery shopping before dark if you’d like to have cooking supplies for dinner.

Becca and Dan in Argentina

What to see

We drove to a lookout point that was marked on Google Maps, but did not exist in real life. It was gated with barbed wire when we got to there, so we’d suggest staying on the beaten track as to not waste time. We attribute the closure to the off-season. We should have asked some locals or the staff at the hostel! We encourage you to do the same.

We took our hostel’s advice to go to the Nido de Aguila viewpoint (accessible by car) on the river in town. Go at sunset for dramatic lighting! You can climb on all the rocks to get a view of the river.

Becca sitting on a rock in Nido de Aguila viewpoint Becca sitting on a rock in Nido de Aguila viewpoint Nido de Aguila viewpoint during golden hour

This whole region is popular in summer, but gets cold at night in winter.

Dan with a backpack at Nido de Aguila viewpoint Becca on a rock at Nido de Aguila viewpoint

Villa Carlos Paz

On our way back to Ciudad de Cordoba, we spent half a day in Villa Carlos Paz, a popular summer holiday destination for people from the city. It is not as lively in fall and winter, and for that reason, we felt like we had a bunch of the attractions to ourselves.

Becca looking at the view at the highest point in Villa Carlos Paz

Aerosilla

This was a quick way up the mountain, located in the back of the town. We hadn’t been on a open-air chair lift 💺 in ages! At the top of the mountain, there is a small walking trail, a big bridge over a valley with a nice view, and various viewpoints as you ascend the viewing tower that has a cafe inside.

The view from the top of Aerosilla Becca and Dan taking the Aerosilla

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