|Chairlift up the Sugar Loaf Mountain near Cosquin
We spent most of our first day in Alta Gracia, exploring the Jesuit Estancia and at the Che Guevara museum. To read more about our time in Alta Gracia see this post.
Leaving Alta Gracia, we headed to Villa General Belgrano, stopping on the way to take in some of the views.
Entering the small town of Villa General Belgrano, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stepped into a Bavarian village. The waiters and waitresses serve artisan German style beer, alongside apple strudels and leberwurst, while dressed in lederhosen. The architecture reminded me of some kind of weird cross between a German Christmas market and an alpine village.
|It was only July, but they were already ready for Oktoberfest 2014!
Belgrano is not the only Bavarian inspired village in the area, as we discovered on our walk around the pedestrian only town of La Cumbrecita the next day.
We got ourselves a map from tourist information and worked out a circular route around the town and into the countryside that would take us past pretty waterfalls, quaint churches, alpine style lodges and views across the valley below.
|Waterhole - perfect for a dip (but only in the summer)
|Quaint little church
|Driving over the bridge
We parked up and the owner appeared and offered us a free tour around the vineyard. He was very excited that we lived in London, as he said that the most important wine show that his vineyard take part in was the one in Islington, North London - very close to where I work.
|Straight from the vat!
After a tour, he gave us a sample of some wine straight from the vat, which we enjoyed in the sun, before purchasing a bottle for our evening's dinner.
|The chairlift up the Sugarloaf Mountain/Pan de Azucar mountain
|What he can see!
We also went for a very enjoyable drive along the "Camino de los Artesanos", where local people sell crafty things from their homes.
|One of the craft shops
We bought homemade alfores (delicious biscuit type things usually filled with dulce de leche - first spotted in Valparaiso), as well as some craft beers.
We also finally manged to find some maté gourds that we both liked. We'd been eyeing up for a while these gourds used for drinking the bitter hot tea-like drink that Argentinians love.
|James' mate gourd
One of our last stops before heading back to Córdoba was down the to Cuchi Corral viewpoint and paragliding jump off point.
There were lots of paragliders when we got there. Unfortunately we didn't quite have enough money with us to join in. We still got to enjoy the incredible views though.
|The beautiful view from Cuchi Coral