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Capilla Del Monte

Altitude: 972 meters/3,188 feet, Population: 9,085, Telephone Code: 03548


Capilla del Monte, located 16 kilometers north of La Cumbre, boasts the serene beauty of Cerro Uritorco at 1,980 meters, the highest peak of the Sierra Chica. It was known more as a resort town for the country's upper class near the end of the 19th century, though now it attracts a variety of backpackers and travelers-- but be warned; Capilla del Monte is also rumored to be frequented by UFOs so keep a watchful eye toward the sky to avoid any potential unwanted probings or abductions.


Capilla del Monte is not stocked with sights but is more often used as a base for mountain hikes, paragliding or fishing. Be sure to view the variety of flora and fauna in the surrounding hills. The mountains offer a chance to see wild foxes, red-nape woodpeckers and long-tailed hummingbirds in an original habitat. Also take a moment to observe the carob and hackberry trees.


Other places nearby Capilla Del Monte: Villa Carlos Paz, Mina Clavero, Cerro Colorado, Villa Tulumba, San Luis, Jesús Maria, Alta Gracia, Santa Rosa De Calamuchita, Merlo and Villa General Belgrano.

By Chris Hughes
Traveling South America to give Viva readers the most up-to-date information...
03 Dec 2010

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Climbing Cerro Uritorco

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UFO Hunting

Capilla del Monte has gained some fame around the country, and to some extent worldwide, for the mysterious activity around Cerro Uritorco. Local legend has it that this hill, for unknown reasons, is ...
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Los Terrones

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