La Falda offers Tango, museums, excursions, festivals and mush more!

La Falda offers a wide variety of activities for you to enjoy while you stay in town as a tourist or a resident. From cultural, religious and historical activities to adventures in the mountains and rivers, La Falda has something for everyone.

Tango

La Falda has hosted the National Tango Festival since 1965 when group of neighbours formed the Municipal Commission on Tourism and Culture. The commission’s mandate was to give our city national prominence in order to boost the tourism industry in the area. So it worked extremely hard to build the municipal amphitheater where the festival is held each year in the month of July. The festival had its ups and downs but regained national importance in 2002 when the Municipal and Provincial governments injected money into the event.

The number of famous figures that have performed on the stage of La Falda is countless. In its first years, many internationally famous artists participated in the event: Mariano Mores, Hugo del Carril, Astor Piazzola, Alba Solís, Aníbal Troilo, Argentino Ledesma and many more. In the most recent years, the festival has had artists like: Osvaldo Piro, Rubén Juárez, Hugo Marcel, María Graña, Jorge Arduh, Juan Dartés, and Orquesta de La Provincia de Córdoba. Alongside the festival, other related events have started: «Certamen para Solistas de Tango», «Ciclo de Cine de Tango» and «Expotango».

Old Train Station

La Falda owes its existence to old train station that lies at the bottom of Avenida Eden. In 1892 a milestone was placed at the 78km on the railroad that connects Cosquin and Cruz del Eje. Over the years, a train station was built at the milestone and the city grew from there. Because there are no trains that use the tracks anymore, the train station currently houses the Registro Civili, the tourism, culture and sport Secretary and the ministry of labour. Visitors can still enjoy the beautiful façade of the building with its original wooden doors, windows, floors and roof.

Edén Hotel

The Eden Hotel was built in 1898 as part of the La Falda Ranch and has now become a historic icon of our city. Located at the top of Avenida Eden, the Eden Hotel and the train station brought about the creation of the city. With a French/German European architectural style, the construction of the hotel was of huge importance to the surrounding area. The hotel reached its greatest splendour during the second decade of the 20th century and the Second World War. Many important national and international figures have chosen the hotel as a place of rest and relaxation, such as: Argentina presidents Roca and Figueroa Alcorta, Rubén Darío, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Saboya and Albert Einstein. The hotel has been declared a Municipal Historical Monument and a Provincial monument of Historical Interest. Although the hotel is currently being restored, it is open to the public for guided visits

City Center Tour

The commercial center of La Falda was created between the old train station and the historic Eden hotel. There are countless attractions in and around this commercial center as well as a huge variety of businesses that cater to all needs. Visitors can also find many shops selling local and artisanal products. Avenida Eden, the main street of the town, is transformed into a pedestrian area during the peak tourist season. When night falls the street is filled with people, live shows, buskers and clowns.

Sacred Heart Chapel

Heading up Avenida Eden, you will find the Sacred Heart Chapel, one of the first chapels in the area, at 925 Av. Eden. The story of the chapel starts with the story of the town’s first mayor, engineer Jorge Copello, who was commissioned to build the church. Construction started in February 1927 on a lot donated by the Eden Society. The Sacred Heart Chapel was declared a Municipal Historic Monument in 1995.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

The Blessed Sacrament Parish is not only a place of worship and meeting with god, but also an important geographic icon of La Falda. The parish visible from any part of town because it is located at the highest point of the city center right in front of San Martin plaza. Built in 1948, the parish has a simple yet elegant design with fine marble and bronze details. It was donated by Nelly Copello, the first mayor’s sister, in memory of her husband.

San Martín Plaza

San Martin Plaza was inaugurated on the 25th of May in 1945. The plaza has various games and play structures, it hosts an annual artisanal craft fair and is the starting point for the Dragoncito city tour.

Cuckoo Clock

The cuckoo clock in La Falda is currently the 12th largest cuckoo clock in the world and for countless years has been an icon of family vacation photos in La Falda. The clock was created by a local clockmaker and inaugurated in 1963. It is located at the entrance to the commercial center of town on the corner of Diagonal San Martin and Avenida Patria.

Museums

Miniature Train Museum

Located at 200 Las Murallas, the miniature train museum is a didactic and recreational place that holds Trenshow demonstration that lasts 30 minutes. The museum was created by Werner Dura, who dedicated 50 years of his life to the construction and collection of approximately 600 trains and miniature pieces. The models are built to a scale of 1/87 the original size. Visitors can appreciate models of antique and modern trains as well as European vistas such as Idar Castle, the Waldfriedhorf cable car (Stuttgart), the television tower in Saabruken, the train station in Lenzinch and the famous Matterhron.

Sports Museum

The sports museum of La Falda is a private collection belonging to Professor Albert Moro, and is the first International and National Sports Museum in Argentina sponsored by the Argentine Olympic Committee. The museum is located at 32 Dr. Meincke Rd.

Trekking

El Chorrito

El Chorrito is a small creek that runs at the bottom of the valley between El Cuadrado an La Banderita mountains. It offers a great place for picnics and a starting point for climbing La Banderita mountain.

El Cuadrado Mountain Road

El Cuadrado Mountain Road starts where Avenida Eden ends. The road zigzags between and over El Cuadrado mountain and connects La Falda to the town of Rio Ceballos. The road was first constructed by hand by the workers of the Eden hotel using pick axes and shovels. It has numerous rest stops that offer magnificent panoramic views of the city and the valley.

La Banderita Mountain

La Banderita is a 1400m mountain located on the east side of La Falda, right next to El Cuadrado mountain. La Banderita is a great mountain to hike because it is relatively easy to scale and offers awesome views of Dique San Roque, Pampa de Olaen, the towns of La Cumbre, Capilla del Monte and the entire Punilla Valley. The hike starts out with a great deal of dense vegetation if you start from El Chorrito creek and then abruptly steepens for a few meters. The trip to the top should take about 2 – 3 hours at a tranquil pace.

Retiro Betania and Gruta de La Virgen de los Pobres

La Falda offers many attractions outside the city center. One of them being the Retiro Bretania, a religious center located on Libertad Street. In June 1967, Father Godofredo Buer, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionaries Congress, started the construction of a cultural and social complex with the purpose of offering members of the congress a place to rest and relax. Located on a large field on top of the hills, the complex offers great views of the Dique de La Falda towards the west and the Sierras Chicas towards the east. La Gruta de la Virgen de los Pobres was built a decade later and symbolised the completion of Father Godofredo’s dream and vision. The alter is protected by a huge glass dome and contains stunning stain glass windows created by the renowned artist Iscla.

Dique La Falda

Going west out of the city center and past the Retiro Betania, you will come across the beautiful Dique La Flada. This 26m high and 126m wide dam was built in 1979 and includes a recreational area ideal for picnics and aquatic activates. In addition, the 7 Cascadas recreational complex is located on the other side of the dam. The complex offers a large variety of services, 3 Olympic sized swimming pools, a children’s pool, BarBQs, a bar, games for kids and a recently added water slide.

Parque Puma

Parque Puma is a natural park located in front of the Molino de Oro hotel. It contains a large brick sculpture of a puma/panther that was built by Vinko Tonkovic. To get to the park, take San Luis Street to the Molina de Oro hotel. There is a small path right in front of the hotel that winds up the hill to the park.

San Antonio Cave

Continuing a few meters down San Luis Street, you will come across the San Antonio Cave, where legend says the Jesuits hid treasures of unimaginable wealth. Today the cave is used as a limestone quarry. Visitors can enter the cave but only with an authorized guide.

Piedras Grandes

El Bochon is an enormous granite stone located 7km from the city of La Falda. The area was originally the home of the Comechigones natives. Today visitors can still see caves and tools that reflect the ways the natives used to live.

El Sauce Cave

With a length of 1000 meters, El Sauce Cave is the largest cave in the province of Cordoba and is located 8km from the city of La Falda. The deepest point in the cave is only 26 meters from the entrance and has ceilings of up to 8m. Visitors can only access the first 160m with a certified guide.

Pampa de Oláen

Pampa de Oláen is a vast plain to the west of the city, which has significant natural and cultural attractions such as Capilla Santa Bárbara and Cascadas de Oláen.

Capilla Santa Bárbara

Built in between 1748 and 1756, Capilla Santa Barbara is located in the Pampa de Oláen 1150 meters above sea level. Dedicated to the Saint of storms, the chapel was used as a place of rest and refuge for travelers coming and going on the road to La Rioja. The chapel has a simple design with a bell tower in the front topped by a large iron cross. A few meters away, visitors can see the ruins of the old Oláen Ranch that was owned by the Salguero and Cabrera families which were the descendants of the founder of the city of Cordoba, Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera.

Oláen Falls

Oláen Falls is a large swimming hole with 3 waterfalls fed by a natural spring. Oláen Falls is a great place to cool down on a hot summer’s day in a rugged mountain landscape.

Río Pinto

Located 25km west of La Falda, Rio Pinto has clean, pure and fast flowing water ideal for trout fishing.

La Candelaria Ranch

La Candelaria is a Jesuit ranch located in a small valley north of the Sierras Grandes, 52km from La Falda. The ranch house is also home to a beautiful church. The complex used to be a very productive livestock ranch that specialized in mules that were destined to transport goods to and from Alto Peru. In 2000, the ranch was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site to protect its testimony of the cultural, social and economic lives of the Compania de Jesus.

Capilla de la Virgen del Rosario del Milagro

The Virgen del Rosario del Milagro chapel is located in front of a massive rock formation 35km from the city of La Falda. The chapel was built in 1895 with a typical colonial style.

Oro Grueso

Oro Grueso is large area where in 1860 a huge gold nugget was mined from the ground. Today, the descendants of the first gold miners, open their homes to visitors to show the gold mining history and adventure of Argentina. It offers a great place for 4-wheeling. Oro Grueso is 452km from La Falda.