We all know Buenos Aires, with its huge buildings and noisy streets, where the beautiful parks are always full of people. As one of the busiest capitals in South America, anyone visiting Buenos Aires needs to find a peaceful place to feel calm and breathe clean natural air. Located 300 km from Buenos Aires, the city of Tandil seems like a haven of peace where you can enjoy a weekend away from the bustle of Buenos Aires… Vamos?
Tandil is located in the southeast of Buenos Aires Province, in the middle of the Tandilia hills. There, right in the middle of the mountains, you’ll have a view of the sierras everywhere you look. Just lift your eyes and experience the stunning landscapes. Really impressive and just a four-hour bus ride from Buenos Aires, Tandil provides a real change of scenery! Moreover, the city is located in the famous zone of Humid Pampa, origin of the legendary Gauchos and the source of Argentina’s famous meat. The Pampas are fertile South American lowlands, a mix between savannah, prairie and bush which is perfect for agriculture and livestock farming.
Tandil has all of the mountain atmosphere and the country flavours you could desire for a weekend. It is a real haven of peace, full of air and nature where you can explore the hills and enjoy the pretty little city as an alternative to the intense activities of Buenos Aires.
Moreover, you shouldn’t miss tasting the cheese and the charcuterie from Tandil: they are known as the best of Argentina. Indeed, in Tandil, the pure air and the good environment enable the farmers to produce high-quality goods, and in Buenos Aires it is very common to see dairy products with the label “Tandil”, which is a guarantee of quality.
What to do in Tandil?
There are many trekking paths around Tandil. The Sierras of Tandil are an ancient mountain chain where you can climb up the hills to visit the watch points above the Pampa. In the meandering mountain paths, you’ll catch sight of the monument to Don Quixote de la Mancha, a spectacle cast in iron which is certainly worth a visit. The Tandil Mountains are great for hiking and rock climbing.
Tandil owes its fame to the geological curiosity which attracts many visitors: the Moving Stone, a huge rock which for centuries was in precarious equilibrium on the edge of the cliff. The rock finally fell in 1912, and a replica was inaugurated in 2007 by the president of Argentina himself. It’s a must see.
Get up early, and climb up to one of the Cerros for a beautiful romantic sunrise over the city. This is an unforgettable experience, believe me.
The city centre is also worth a visit. Enter the beautiful cathedral and wander through the sanctuary. Go to the Bellas Artes museum, where you can see paintings from Carpani and other great artists. Finally, eat meat at a typical Argentinean parilla in the best restaurants of Tandil in the Tierra de Azafranes where you may also enjoy some tango shows!
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