Nearby Saldungaray

Saldungaray, known as the oldest town in the shire, was founded by Pedro Saldungaray in 1900. It lies 8 kilometers from Sierra de la Ventana and shelters a story worthy of a Hollywood film.

Its real history begins many years before its foundation as a military fortress gave it the hope of existing when a few native Indians were sill prowling around. Known as Fortín Pavón in the beginning, then called Sierra de la Ventana and finally christened Saldungaray (as it is called today), it turned into the first settlement to the East of the mountain range.
After its creation, Saldungaray experienced a considerable growth, and had times in which it came to a standstill and times of splendor. Its geographic location, considered strategical by desert expedition members, generated the setllement of the first colonists on the banks of the Sauce Grande River.
At present, everyone staying at Sierra de la Ventana visits the ancient and young village of Saldungaray.

  • The Pavón fortress

    The Pavón fortress

  • On the banks of the Sauce Grande River

    On the banks of the Sauce Grande River

  • The local cemetery

    The local cemetery

  • The Virgin Mary

    The Virgin Mary

Only in Saldungaray
Even if it turns out to be paradoxical, while walking along its streets and talking to its people, Saldungaray can offer us a rich and attractive history that began in the times when the Indian was displaced by the white man and continues still today, when various tourist resources bring the visitor along to perform several activities.
“What cannot be found anywhere else”, says María Clotilde Torreli when she is asked about the identity and the tourist resorces in the small urban shell. “Chichita”, as the locals call her, is the founder of the local public works department, which has worked as tourist office for over one decade.
Today, the white and red patrols are great examples dependent on the tourist office. They are in charge of training young people, especially students, to take part in the effort of showing the local tourist and cultural attractions. The Pavón fortress was and still is one of them.
Local Architecture
In the village, the main square allows visitors to observe the Nuestra Señora del Tránsito Church, where an original image of the Virgin Mary is displayed in a resting position. A unique image in the world, it was brought from France by the founder of town and today it is beheld by thousads of members of the congretation and followers who come along every year to ask for a miracle.

Following the Sauce Grande River, it is possible to appreciate a fabulous gate which works as the entrance to the local cemetery. This magnificent architectural work was built by architect and artist Francisco Salomone and explains the magnitude of the importance of the religious paradigms which have dominated the world for a long time and still continue to do so.

The Paso de las Piedras Dam is another monumental work built by man in order to channel the labyrinthic waters of the Sauce Grande River and its main tributaries. Its large walls may be spotted from 37 kilometers away from Saldungaray.
A Naturalist in the Mountain Range
History goes that bright Charles Darwin was there, exploring and gathering data on what everything was like on this side of the world. And it is said that, as if it was a legend or a very well-kept secret, the giant naturalist left from small Saldungaray to indulge himself by climbing Mount Tres Picos and he almost found the window he had heard about from the Indians and he had wanted to visit for such a long time.
Undoubtedly, Saldungaray is what cannot be found anywhere else, just like María Clotilde asserts.

Autor Pablo Etchevers Fotografo Pablo Etchevers

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Informes Turísticos - Saldungaray

La Plata 348, Sierra de la Ventana, Buenos Aires, Agentina

Phone Phone: +54 291-4916016

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