Southern Sierras

The south of Buenos Aires province has two ranges of ancient mountains rising suddenly from the flat pampas; both are easily accessible and offer great opportunities for a weekend escape. The Sierra de Tandil range, due south from Buenos Aires, is 340 km long and 2000 million years old - among the oldest in the world. The beautiful, curved hills of granite and basalt offer wonderful walking and riding, with the pleasant airy town of Tandil as a base. 

Further west, the magnificent Sierra de la Ventana is the highest range of hills in the pampas, and so called because craggy Cerro de la Ventana has a natural hole near its summit. Next to the Parque Provincial Ernesto Tornquist, it is within easy reach of Bahía Blanca for a day or weekend visit, and the attractive villages of Villa Ventana and Sierra de la Ventana nearby are appealing places to stay, with plenty of accommodation options. These mountains are not quite as old as those in Tandil, but offer more demanding hikes in wilder terrain, with stunning views from their summits. 

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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