"Villa Carlos Paz- Vacation with locals only" Villa Carlos Paz by GentleSpirit

Villa Carlos Paz Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 20 photos

Welcome to Carlos Paz

After about a 40 minute drive from Pajas Blancas Airport in Cordoba, I found myself at my hotel in Carlos Paz. All along the road you could see hotels with large buses parked. It turns out that the Punilla Valley, on the western slope of the Sierras Chicas in Cordoba Province is a major tourist destination for locals. It seemed a lot of schools came here on weekend expeditions.

The appeal of resorts is that you don't really have to expend much effort to do anything. If you walk around Carlos Paz there are lots of restaurants, movies, cabarets, discos, nightclubs...all of that.

Carlos Paz itself doesn't have much that would qualify as a tourist attraction. The man-made San Roque lake is at its center. San Roque is actually a dam, basically built over an earlier dam. The "lake" itself is 16 km squared. The town itself lies on land that was formerly an estancia owned by the Paz family. The town is named after Carlos Nicandro Paz, the head of the family at the time the town was established in 1913.

More than anything else, Carlos Paz is a central jumping off point to the many activities in the area. It is 36 km from Cordoba City. It seems that more than anything else it is a weekend getaway sort of place for people from Cordoba and Buenos Aires.

There are lot of opportunities for fun and good outdoor adventures nearby. Hiking in the sierras, waterfalls. There are lots of tour operators now that will offer you some of the more extreme things like skydiving and stuff like that. Of course there is always rock climbing.

Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito

I used Carlos Paz as my jumping off point to see Argentina's newest national park, dedicated to preserving and protecting the habitat of the Andean Condor. If anyplace qualifies as an "off the beaten path" sort of place, this would surely be it. Just getting there takes some effort, but once you are in the Park you still have to do some good hiking to be able to get to the place where you can see the condors well. Was it worth it? To me, absolutely! Would I do it again...oh yes!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lots of nightlife, entertainment
  • Cons:few real sights to see,
  • In a nutshell:seeing the condor nearby
  • Last visit to Villa Carlos Paz: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated Dec 18, 2012
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Glad you saw quite a few Condors, it would be disappointing not to see any after that long hike!

    • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
      Oct 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      it would have been heartbreaking, more from the anticipation. we saw the condors relatively early in the hike though, the coming up from the gorge was most challenging at the end

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    What a highlight to see the condor! The hotel where you stayed sounds to be nice too.

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

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    This place looks beautiful! I can't hike so enjoyed coming along virually with you. Thanks Val!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Thanks for sharing your experiences Val. The hiking/walking in the National Park would definitely not be for me. I would need a bench to sit on every half hour - hehe!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    The landscape looks amazing! I was never that far north in Argentina, but saw the condors several times in Patagonia.

  • Stine620's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Nice page and photos!

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