They both show their European traits in the architecture, cuisine and handmade chocolates.
and Villa General Belgrano
share mountain range scenes typical of Calamuchita Valley
, where they are located. Instead, the origin of these two populations is different and their lifestyle is determined by this fact. Traveling the few kilometers that stand between them is an opportunity to understand their essence.
While driving along Route S 495, we could appreciate how Los Reartes spans towards the countryside, where large farms still stand on green hills. We could see the red tile roof tops of some scattered houses in some of the undulations. The panoramic views showed us the mountains known as Sierras Grandes
and De los Cóndores
as well as Los Molinos Dam
We were puzzled to see that both villages differ when it comes to their main features. Los Reartes still preserves its Criollo
tradition, with houses made of adobe, an old chapel and a pulpería
from the days of the colony. It used to stand on the Camino Real
(King’s Highway) that led to Upper Peru.
This is the oldest town in the valley and its celebrations are based on profoundly Argentinian cultural roots. That is why it has come to be called Pueblo Patrio
(Homeland Town). Criollo
evenings, folklore dances and music bands playing tunes from the land set the mood for the festivals held at Los Reartes.
On the other hand, festivities in “Villa” have German roots and everything is celebrated with beer and typical German and Swiss cuisine and dances. The point is that every since the first immigrants arrived, their customs became deeply rooted in this land that resembles their homeland so much.
As we traveled from one city to the other and after having chatted with some local denizens about their steady habits and traditions, we got to know these two picturesque mountain villages much better.