Las grutas de Ongamira, Capilla del Monte

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#3 of 25 in Nature in Province of Cordoba
Cave Nature / Park
Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda called Las grutas de Ongamira the saddest place in the world because its somber colonial history. A series of large caves and natural overhangs, this site is home to many nesting birds and walking routes, which reveal plentiful geological features and unimpeded vistas. Archaeological discoveries in the caves have been dated back 5,000 years, with scrapers, necklaces, and mortars among the artifacts on display in the onsite museum. In 1574, Spanish conquerors slaughtered thousands of native people here in one of the greatest tragedies of the colonial era. Using our custom trip planner, Capilla del Monte attractions like Las grutas de Ongamira can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Where to stay in Capilla del Monte

The primary area to look for accommodations in Capilla del Monte lies in the north of town. Hotels boasting mountain views and additional amenities, such as pools, spas, and bars, sit on the grander streets. Simple, welcoming posadas (guesthouses) provide good options for more budget-conscious travelers. For a real outdoorsy experience befitting the attractive landscape that surrounds, consider staying at one of the campsites on the outskirts of town; you can choose between traditional pitched tents and rustic converted-barn accommodations.
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  • The grutas in itself looks more of a tourist trap. however, once you start your hike, it gets better. the actual area around it is also worth a visit. the parque tematico natural next to it and the Ce...  more »
  • Perhaps I had too many expectations and didn't find it so extraordinary, but this is because I was coming from other exceptional spots in the surroundings; it's a nice place but just average compared ...  more »
  • I went there by car. The road was ok but is not made for new cars. When we arrive had to pay an entrance. After climb the mountain the view is incredible! It has a museum. This place its called the sa...  more »