Part of the highest mountain range system in the province of Buenos Aires, Villa Ventana is one of the most common trips when it comes to weekend getaways to an area that is three and a half hours from the City of Buenos Aires.
To make the trip more complete, visitors can stay in the town of Sierra de la Ventana, located about 17 kilometers away, and from there begin the expedition to Villa Ventana, to enjoy with the family and reach the maximum point as a reward: an incredible waterfall.
This is the Forgotten Throat, which is reached by hiking from the base of Cerro Ventana, whose peak is 1,136 meters. Through this walk between the ravines that the hill offers, and on the way to the famous hole (window) near the summit that gives it its name, a stream will appear that ends in a waterfall that is 15 meters high.
Getaways: a demanding expedition, to trek and enjoy
Although it is a family walk and you do not need to be an expert to ascend, it is still a climb through mountains with irregular rock formations (they are approximately 280 to 500 million years old) which requires patience and resistance. , because the effort is important.
It is clear that the prize is enormous, because along the way you will be able to see beautiful panoramic views of ravines and also plains, between the mountain peaks that stand out.
Villa Ventana is geographically located in the Buenos Aires district of Tornquist, whose town is nine kilometers away. This particular hill, which has 680 hectares, is what gives its name to the entire mountain range as the Ventania Region.
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The “window” is a particular hole that was formed over time by the erosion of wind and water in one of the rocks near the summit. From there you can look perfectly to the other side, which is why it deserved to be baptized as “window hill.”
To get to the waterfall you have to walk about 45 minutes and the locals highlight that the best days for this visit are those that arrive after the rains, since in this way the landscape becomes much more attractive given that the waterfall has a waterfall. much older.
Getaways: data to take into account for the expedition in Villa Ventana
In addition to Sierra de la Ventana, the aforementioned Villa Ventana and Tornquist, the area is also made up of the towns of San Andrés de la Sierra, Villa Serrana La Gruta and Saldungaray. In all cases, the walks and horseback riding through the mountains, like their climbs, are the strongest adventure points of this getaway.
The Forgotten Throat, a waterfall with a 15-meter jump that can be found on the way to the top of Ventana Hill. PHOTO: Instagram / @marisabrajer
In the particular case of Cerro Ventana, between the ascent and the descent, the trekking is estimated to be about three hours, taking into account a minimum level of effort (beyond the logical care of some irregular sectors). Furthermore, it is not necessary to do it punctually with a tour guide, beyond the fact that there are several agencies that offer their services that include round-trip transfers for those staying in the towns neighboring the hill.
In addition, you can visit the ranches in the area, where it is possible to watch native fauna, tour the centers of the ranches, and even take advantage of the flatter terrain to go on bicycle or ATV rides.
In the nearby cities, you can also do gastronomic tourism, especially to try homemade meals, among which are tea houses where you can have breakfasts and sweet snacks, with local flavors.
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There is also “night” for those who save energy after a day of walking and adventure, where they can find different bars and pubs, as well as dance clubs, bingo and the casino, which is located in the Hotel Provincial de Sierra de la Window.