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Calamuchita

Origin of the name
The river that the aboriginals were calling “Ctalamochita“ or “Talamochita“ (at present Rio Tercero) has link with 2 voices: “Ctala“ y “Mochi“, which mean “Chopping“ y “Molle“ respectively. The suffix “Ita“ means “Plenty“, therefore “Calamuchita“ would indicate “choppings Plenty and molles”.

From Los Molinos dam towards the south, there spreads the extensive valley of Calamuchita area also known as the region of the Great Lakes. Here quite definite sceneries get together; the imposing presence of the Big Hills, the rivers that flow towards the valley along the hillsides, and the artificial lakes. This environmental variances allow to the visitors enjoy the nature, do adventure tourism, go fishing in the rivers or in the lakes, camp in daydream places, take delight with the Creole and Central European gastronomy, freshen up in its waters or go in for nautical sports in its reservoirs.

The accesses to Calamuchita
Taking the city of Cordoba as a starting point, two are the paved alternatives that leads you to Calamuchita: - For the Hills or “The high place” (Provincial Road N ° 5): As soon as Alta Gracia is reached, the visitor can still choose for 3 ways:

A) the most winding road that goes along Los Molinos lake and the steepest side of the Hill or B) The variant recently made available, also in an excellent circulation state, through Potrero de Garay, that takes the lake in a less steep area but offer panoramic delightening views as well. – And the “plain road” C) (National Road N ° 36): Going through Piedras Moras Dam and Almafuerte, arriving to Calamuchita by its south extrem, and then Embalse.

To the south of the lake of Río Tercero - the biggest of the geography of Cordoba - there spread small and charming populations that shape the region of the Hill of the South. The Calamuchita valley also well-known like "The Blue Valley of The Great Lakes", is located in the center of the province limited by the Small Hills by the East, and the Big Hills by the west - also calls “the Comechingones” - where there is the Champaquí peak almost 2900 meters , the highest of the province, and that offers good alternatives for the mountain walks or "trekking".

This area was inhabited for more than 8.000 years by nomadic hunter-gatherers that were covering the mountainous ranges and the course of the rivers and creeks where they were obtaining its subsistence. Then there settled other groups, which after an education process, caused from 100 years B.C. agricultural villages, and towards 1.000 to 1.200 A.C. they consolidated an agricultural-pottery society that is known as Comechingones.

This valley shapes the most important water basin of Cordoba; there are seven big lakes  they allow the generation of hydroelectric and nucleoelctric energy, delivered partly to the National Interconnected System.

Excursions for groups

Why Calamuchita?

As the Bachelor Miguel Hechen affirms, the region confirms a mosaic difficult to be equal, to take forward programs that combine recreation and education. It constitutes of base, one of three biggest tourist regions of Cordoba. This offers infrastructure of services of varied type straight accessible.

Graphically Calamuchita is favored. Mediterranean excellent, it turns out to be equidistant of other areas facilitating the access without long trajectories coming up. Topographically it offers an area that starts in the agricultural flatness of the low one to rise then in the Big Hills and to reach the roof of the Province in 2.790 mts of the  Champaquí Peak

Accompanying to this changeable relief, the bioecological diversity reveals a multiplicity of environments and living organisms which allow designing activities for pupils of different levels. The hydroelectric dams have given birth to 7 lakes in the area, very close one from the other and including between them the biggest reservoir of Cordoba.

The lakes joined the rivers and creeks of the area, there constitute aquatic ecosystems on which existential experiences are designed using the aquatic ecology as an axis.

To the employment of material and specific methods, one adds the holding a permit environmental interpretation giving it form to finished classes of campaign. Four conventional hydroelectric power stations, a head office in cavern, and central nucleus electricity company they make possible to work the energy topic, its use, generation, expediency of use, environmental impact, etc. The mountain terrestrial ecosystem offers a complementary panorama, the native vegetation, the "spinal" phytogeography speaking, it is evident in the pedemonte between the 500 and 900 meters giving place from there to the height vegetation. The ways existence in the Hills and the presence of hostels in different points facilitate the educational excursions.

With such axes like rural native economy, fauna and flora. A staying in Embalse turns into a fruitful source of formation and experiences. The free time and the recreation join undoubtedly in any project so that this one turns out to be fulfilled. To these objectives, the absence of urban megacenters in the valley facilitates the design and diminishes the risk at the time of putting into practice one or another idea that implies group entertainments.


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