For many CatamarqueÃ±os, El Rodeo is a place to party down on hot summer weekends. But thatâ€™s not all this town offers. The surrounding Sierras de Ambato, cross-hatched by creeks, provide for incredible treks. Hikers can immerse themselves in this emerald alpine landscape, passing days hiking and climbing.Two short hikes are close to El Rodeo. One is to Cristo Redentor El Rodeo, a seven 7 meter (23-ft) tall Christ statue atop Cerro Huayco. A three-kilometer (1.9 mi) trail to Cerro Pelada del Fraile begins from Balneario Municipal.
Cerro El Manchao is the most challenging of El Rodeoâ€™s hikes. Its name means Place of Fear, and those afraid of heights might find the mountainâ€™s 4,550-meter (14,928 ft) altitude to be more than breath-taking. The medium-difficult climb takes three days. It may also be done on horseback. Other multi-day circuits through the Ambato range can be undertaken.
Another terrific place for trekking, as well as camping and fishing, is Las CaÃ±adas, deep withing the Ambato range. Nearby are high bluffs with caves. These Casas de Piedra, as the locals calls them, are ideal places to spend a night, for their warmth and mysterious atmosphere.
San Fernando Del Valle De Catamarca, Argentina
Guides may be hired in Catamarca or El Rodeo.
Relative price: Budget
Travel Skills: beginner/easy.
You Need to Bring:
Be equipped with good tent, insulation pad, campstove, sufficient food and water. Use sturdy boots; have warm clothing, in case temperatures drop. Your guide will recommend other gear to have.
Visit Catamarcaâ€™s archaeology, art, history and other museums. Escape for the day to Dique Las Pirquitas for some hiking, fishing or horseback riding. Make a circuit of Valle de Catamarca to visit the village churches. Check out Pueblo Perdido.
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