La Cumbrecita

Orientation & Geography

South America, Argentina, Calamuchita

La Cumbrecita is a small picturesque secluded alpine-like hamlet amongst spruce and pine at 1450 meters above sea level where is not unusual to see a blanket of snow in winter time in the Province of Córdoba, Argentina. It is situated in the Calamuchita Valley in the Grand Sierras of Córdoba. A 30 km pebbled road, up through scenic views of the Sierra Grandes will take you to La Cumbrecita. This small town is around 40 km (depending on the route you take) to the west of Villa General Belgrano and 118 km from the city of Córdoba. Excursions to La Cumbrecita can be taken from nearby Villa General Belgrano, if you don't have your own transportation. The Medio river borders La Cumbrecita and is the edge of Santa María County. The INDEC 2001 census counted 189 inhabitants in La Cumbrecita and 156 in Calamuchita, totaling 345 inhabitants. 140 houses are nestled among the trees (97 and 43 in each county). Administratively, the town is organized as a commune. Founded in 1933, when the Kabjoski family bought 500 hectares and brothers Enrique and Federico Behrend started their pioneer work. There were no roads, everything had to be brought in by donkey. Federico planted the pine trees that transformed the countryside into an Alpine environment. Enrique constructed the first houses and made the road to Los Reartes. Tourism started in earnest in 1937 with the first visitors making their way to the hidden town. Around 1940, the first private homes were built and the town slowly acquired the Tirolés character that defines it today. Populated by central European immigrants, the town is focused on eco-tourism. It is completely pedestrian and reminiscent of the small German towns of the fifteenth century. You can hike up through the town (and then down) to the waterfall, a truly paradisiacal experience. Teahouses specialize in Apfelstrudel and Chocolate cake. Alpine-style hotels, lodgings and cabins are available, and with permission you may camp anywhere. The Mineral Museum has a large gem and mineral collection from all over the world. The communal authorities declared the zone a protected environment and as of 1996 a "Pedestrian Town". Visitors must park their cars in the parking lot before the town entrance and then walk along the stone-paved streets.