Nono is crossed by two rivers with different features and water temperatures, so shallow that they turn out to be ideal for children and their natural diving boards invite those who dare.
As we reached Nono
, a quiet district in Traslasierra Valley
, the heat was so intense that we headed for the beach. The old grand houses of Nono and its dirt streets guided us to the shores of río de los Sauces
(River of the Willows).
We looked for a shady spot under the leafy trees and felt delighted to be refreshed. We had the best view of that wide river that seemed to be running across a plain. A soft breeze blew through the willows and we started to feel cooler.
It was then when we remembered our tour to enter the town. In the very center and around the main square, the buildings feature how old Nono really is. Many old grand houses still stand, some of them with vestiges of the passing of time. Others are very well maintained and still inhabited.
The non-ornamented square is an outdoor art exhibition venue. “Ever since the national plastic artist encounters have taken place, this place has boasted various metallic sculptures made with useless pieces and others made with wood and stone. Imagination and art have been combined in order to decorate the heart of Nono”, was the information we received.
Sarmiento Street is the main in town and, along with Vicente Castro Street, it is the only one that has been paved. The rest of the streets give a dusty atmosphere to the village and welcome the helpful water from the spray truck, a sample of the local lifestyle. Beautiful ancient street laps still remain at some corners on the houses walls.
Saint John Baptist’s chapel church and its parish in honor of Saint Joseph stand out at the square. As it was to be expected, the presence and mark of priest Brochero becomes present through some brass plates and the words of parishioners all around the area. The Cobbled Path is a famous road the rural priest used to take to reach Los Algarrobos
The microclimate that lets visitors walk around these incredible landscapes year round is quite enjoyable. Summers are extremely hot and the local denizens usually go to the river to freshen up. The typical quiet rhythm of this town awakes during the high tourist season.
As we got to the ford on the Chico River in Nono, we saw an example of what its old and most traditional hotel used to be. Afterwards, the beaches followed one another and we discovered some amazing swimming holes both up and downstream. Direct contact with nature comforted our bodies and souls.
When the temperature and the sunset made it possible, we gathered our belongings, got on the car and drove up to other beaches. We left Los Remansos behind, in the very center, and set out towards Paso de las Tropas (Passage of the Troops)
, a few kilometers away. Pools, cascades and fine-looking beaches were waiting for us there. Its name refers to the passage of the unitarios
through this site during the Liberating Crusade in 1830.
The itinerary showed us to the artisans’ road, the museum’s road and the flavors’ road. We will remember Nono for its fresh air and the sound of the birds that accompanied us during all our stay.