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To the towns of the coast, Aimogasta and Vicious valley
Iglesia de Anjullon







































Interesting and varied Walk to know the contrasts of the mountains Pampeanas. It begins with the hills and the Velasco's "coast", visiting old towns of small oasis, with beautiful churches and fifths of fruit-bearing. It arrives to Aimogasta, great center olivícola, and returns skirting part of the impressive plains riojanas.

Circuit of 256 Km . round trip for a paved route. For it to the Vicious valley sinks 130 Km . plus, also paved round trip. Walk of a minimum day, leaving early, for all season. There is camping site in Aminga; restauranle and hostel in Anillaco and Anjullón and stations of service in Aimogasta and Anillaco.


Leave The Rioja for the RP 1 to Sanagasta, distant to 32 Km .. In the bifurcation of the road, to the entrance of the village, continue for the left toward the hill of Huaco. Leave the cultivation oasis behind and travel a picturesque arid territory with small positions of goats, while the road ascends offering beautiful perspectives of the valley of Sanagasta . Later on, it will arrive to the hill of the same name that descends to the bolsón of Huaco for a direct larguísima.

This tract is part of the well-known rallys riojanos, it is a very appropriate road for the automobile sport and motocross that offers loins, badenes of thick sand, sinuosities and long right until arriving at the river Huaco. with favorable places to stop to camp.

The small town of Huaco, located 5 Km . for a deviation signalled toward the west, it is center of the section it fences, formerly very town In colonial time had one it dams in the river, built by the Jesuit, of which remains are still conserved. In the XVIII century, their agent was Ignacio Bazán of Pedraza, member of a patriarchal family riojana.

The hill of Huaco ascends during 9 Km . for an on the way to cornice next to the gulch, where the river runs. In the summit, to 1.280 m . s.n.m., there is a beautiful panorama of the valley of Aminga , today department Castro Acne; opens up toward the north. Their watery ones made possible the development of indigenous towns, later the formation of colonial stays and, at the present time, the life of gentle and picturesque agricultural communities, well-known as towns of the coast, dedicated to the cultivation in oasis of fruit-bearing, vineyards and olive groves. The name "coast" in the mountains pampeanas indicates, in general, the border of the oriental skirts that are characterized by its soft slope, contrary to the abrupt western hillsides.

The oasis of the coast maintains the charm and the freshness of the natural thing, they have simple layouts with apples, squares to outstanding churches. The first one, to 80 Km . of The Rioja, it is you Puncture, where there are sale of crafts and regional products as honey, dry, sweet fruits, tapestries and blankets. Near 1 Km . to the west there is a small dike with pejerreyes fishing.

Continue 3 Km . for the route and deviate 2 Km . to the west to visit Chuquis, indigenous town of watery that received impulse with irrigation works in 1915, developing a fertile oasis nogalero. It was the native place of the eminent riojano presbítro Pedro Ignacio of Castro Acne, provincial representative in the Assembly of the XIII year and the Congress of Tucumán (1816). In the native lot the large house neocolonial, today museum was built that conserves interesting documents, furniture and time objects.

Return to the route and after 5 Km ., deviate to the left toward Aminga.




It is the village head of Castro's Acne Department and is distinguished for their old large houses and built cellars with high pircas walls. It is an important producer of regional wines in whose elaboration highlights the cellar Of The Source.

The visits are interesting, especially in full vintage activity and mill, during the month of February. The vineyards of Aminga grow among hills, alternating with fifths of orange trees, palms and walnuts. Ascend down the street main, where there are sale of turnovers, homemade, sweet bread and sausages, to arrive to a camping site in the high of the hill. The place has enchantresses views of the surroundings, pileta and spits. Near the town several picturesque gulches open up, also capable to camp.

Leave another time to the route and continue 5 Km . until finding a deviation of 3 Km . to the left toward Anillaco.




It is a small and gentle town of vineyards, cradle of the President Carlos Menem. Visit very reformed San Antonio 's church, with stone walls, neoclassical facade and a steeple of armed concrete that it replaces to the original, more harmonious with the temple. Their presence remembers the sismiadad of the territory riojano.

It has two comfortable hostels (one with restaurant), a camping site with pool and a station of service.

Return another time to the RP 1 and advance until the bifurcation with the RP 7 toward the west that allows to return to The Rioja for a shorter circuit, visiting The Mr. of the Rock

If the Walk continues, continue toward the north 3 Km . and turn to the left to arrive to Anjullon.




has the most beautiful church in the Costa, dedicated San Vicente Ferrer and finished in 1896. Their classic forms of the front, with pilasters, cornices, triangular fronton and an atrium sobreelevado with balustrades, they evidence the late influence of the architecture of the stays Jesuit of Córdoba, lifted in the XVIII century. The extended facade, with their beautiful tower and the annexed houses (XIX century), of sober classicism, they can be appreciated well from the hole of the square, being clipped against the dark serranía. In the town there is sale of regional products, with the best alfajores of nougat riojano.

Continue 8 Km . by the RP 1, consolidated that forks to the left, to visit San Pedro, last oriental oasis of Velasco's mountain and from there it follows 12 Km . until Santa Cruz to visit the castle, an imaginative house-sculpture, built in the decade of 1960 as place of rest by a lover of this mountain, originating of Santa Fé.

It attracts looked by the originality in their organic ways, of stone and cement that have grown through the time without being adjusted to a previous project.

Return to San Pedro and connection with the RP 1. Advance for this to enter in the Department of Arauco, formerly called valley Guaymaco or Aymocay, which is located arms of Velasco's mountain that open up to the north, between two where it crosses the Salted river and is the confine of the immense one to salt of Pipanaco (Catamarca).

In the XVIII century called it to him "Town of Our Mrs. of the Rosario of Natural of Aimogasta", today Aimogasta.




It is the village head of the department Arauco and one of the main cities riojanas, as well as an asset center commercial, declared National Capital of the Olive tree for their importance like producer and industrializador of the famous olive variety Arauco. Here takes place a folkloric party.

In schedules of work they can visit one another several factories olivícolas and of sweet and it is also interesting the Immaculate Concepción's church

In this town will find a hostel with restaurant, a hotel with sweet shop-bar and a station of service and outside of the city there is a rural camping site.

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