Interested in a hikers’ dream and beautiful scenery? La Cumbrecita has everything an ecotourist would want.
I’m what one would call “indoorsy,” so hiking, camping, trekking aren’t usually my thing. But Jordan enjoys all those things a lot, so we borrowed two sleeping bags, a tent, and went to the small, pedestrian village high in the sierras.
To get to La Cumbrecita, you must first go to Villa Belgrano (that German village I already wrote about), then get another bus from there. If I had known all of this, we would’ve saved money and done both villages in one fell swoop. A ticket roundtrip to Villa Belgrano is 135 pesos, and roundtrip to La Cumbrecita (from Belgrano) is 110 pesos. The bus ride from Belgrano to La Cumbrecita takes around 45 minutes.
Everything is picturesque, from the Bavarian architecture to the sierras around us. We camped at Sol y Luna, the only camping site in town, which was about a mile and a half from the center of town. It was near a horse pasture, so we listened to pigeons, horses, and dogs around us. It was very calming, but then it rained.
Restaurants in La Cumbrecita typically open for lunch around 12 pm and close again by 3 pm. Most reopen for dinner at 8 pm. German food and Argentinian food is available. We had black forest cake for desert!
There are multiple companies that sell horseback riding tours, trekking tours, or skydiving. Nearby is a nature reserve that you can explore also. We ended up not doing much of those, because it rained most of the day, but we did hike across the mountain our campsite was on.
We ended up cutting our time there short, because it was only going to continue to rain. That is the one drawback to a pedestrian village with only ecotourism to offer–when it rains, there is little to do. The campsite, Sol y Luna, is free and offers a great view of the village. But it is not the most comfortable of places to stay.
In the end, La Cumbrecita is also worth visiting, if just for the views, but make sure you check the weather before you go. A rainy day makes things very difficult.