Las grutas de Ongamira, Capilla del Monte

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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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  • August 11, 2017
    Beautiful climb to the caves, well signposted from the top path you can see some beautiful scenery.
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  • August 8, 2017
    A wonderful place not to be missed for edtarven in touch with nature, highly recommended especially if you're addicted to photography
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  • August 5, 2017
    A place full of history which is very sad as Pablo Neruda was the place more sad the world wrote in his poem, the landscapes are beautiful and it is very easy to upload is a magical place
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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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