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Villa Carlos Paz

Altitude: 650.14 meters/2,133 feet, Population: 60,000, Telephone Code:  03541


Villa Carlos Paz is situated in the Punilla Valley, 22.4 miles (36 km) West of Córdoba by highway. The city sprung up around San Roque Lake, which was originally built as a reservoir for Córdoba in the 1890s. The lake has become one of Carlos Paz' main attractions, with activities like sailboating, jet and water skiing, fishing and canoeing. One of the lake’s main tributaries, the San Antonio River, also runs through the city.

Carlos Paz is known, too, for its crowded nightlife, mostly geared towards young people, and for its active theatre and cinema scene.

Many of the non nature-related attractions tend towards kitsch - amusement parks, fair-type rides, shopping complexes and a giant cuckoo clock that claims to be the largest in the world.

This city is probably the most popular tourist destination in the Punilla Valley, and rooms fill up fast.  So if you´re going during the high season, usually December - February, you might want to book ahead of time. One of the main reasons for Carlos Paz’ popularity its centralized location - close to CĂłrdoba and surrounded by a great number of nature-based attractions and activities that range from mild to extreme adventure. To the North lies the rest of the Punilla Valley, to the South Calamuchita Valley and Alta Gracia, to the southeast Traslasierra Valley, and to the West the Los Gigantes mountains.

Telephone Code: 0351

Altitude: 2,133 feet above sea level

Population: about 60,000

Money and Communication: Av. San MartĂ­n is populated with ATMs, telecentros and places for internet use.  The Argentine Mail (03541-421910) is also located here.

Tourism Office: Located at Av. San MartĂ­n 1000 next to the bus station, here you can get information on restaurants, locate available hotels and plan activities.


Hours of operation: summer 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., winter 7a.m. - 11 p.m.

Tel: 3541/43-6688 or 0810/888-2729

03 Dec 2010

Things to do in Villa Carlos Paz

Aerosilla (chairlift)

If you want a fantastic view of the city, hop on the aerosilla (chairlift), which for $3 dollars takes you on an uphill ride of a little over half a mile. At the top, aside from the view, is a ...
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Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina

La Cruz

Near the foot of the aerosilla is the pathway to La Cruz Hill, which is topped with a 49 foot high cross. Here you will also get a great view of the city and the lake. You can either hike or drive ...
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Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina


Peko's is an unusual mix between a zoo and a funhouse located close to Tanti. In the zoo portion you can find birds, reptiles and aquatic life, including a sea lion show. The funhouse diversions ...
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Near Villa Carlos Paz, Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina

Mundo Fantástico (Fantastic World)

Mundo Fantástico is a large amusement park fairly close to Tanti that is open during the summer months. It contains a swimming pool with a 14 meter (46 ft) water slide, a couple of rollercoaster ...
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Near Villa Carlos Paz, Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina


A variety of beaches line the San Antonio River and its tributaries, including MayĂş Sumaj, Icho Cruz, Tala Huasi and Cuesta Blanca. These areas are good for hiking, relaxation or tours by horse or ...
Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina


Tanti, only 9 miles from the city, is a popular tourist destination that marks the jumping off point for many of Carlos Paz´ adventure tours.  It is an entryway to Los Gigantes mountains, ...
Near Villa Carlos Paz, Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina

Quebrada del Condorito National Park

Quebrada del Condorito National Park is a wildlife reserve outside the city dedicated to the protection of the Andean Condor – an enormous species of vulture that is facing extinction. You can ...
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Near Villa Carlos Paz, Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina

Observatorio AstronĂłmico de Bosque Alegre

About 90 miles outside of Carlos Paz in Tanti sits a 20 ton reflecting telescope whose mirror measures nearly 5 feet in diameter.  For many years this was largest telescope in South America, and ...
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Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina
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