Spanish Word of the day: Cueva

Translation: Cave

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of going on a really cool adventure. Me and a few friends took a loooong bus to Tornquist, a small town in the province of Buenos Aires.

Tornquist is known for one of the oldest mountain ranges in Argentina, some believe it to be older than the Andes mountains. Although they are much smaller than the Andes, there are still some cool adventures to be had. There are hikes around Cierra la Ventana, with some pretty cool hostels to stay in. All of the hikes feature amazing views of the landscape (and probably some wild horses), but one in particular was super exciting. La garganta olvidado (the forgotten throat) leads you up a ridge and to a hidden waterfall. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

A few miles away is Tres Picos, a mountain with, you may have guessed it, three peaks. While only 4,000 miles high, it’s a tough one, with some steep ridges and lots of rocks to scale. But the view is worth all of the effort. And, who knows, maybe you’ll see some guanacos!

Finally, across from Tres Picos is la Cueva de los Guanacos. This is a small cave that people spend the night in, and yes, it does have bats and rats galore. However, it has a great view of a valley and Tres Picos, as well as a stream at the bottom of the mountain. Plus, there is very little light pollution, so the stars are magnificent.

It was such a fun adventure unlike anything I’ve ever done before. Plus, it was kind of nice to get off the grid. If you don’t hear from me after a few days, maybe I’m back in the mountains.

Published by Maggie Gillich

Class of 2023 Psychology and Spanish Double Major IES Buenos Aires, Argentina

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