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On the way to the commanders for the small cities
Camino de los caudillos por las pequeñas ciudades
Camino de los caudillos por las pequeñas ciudades


They visit one another typical cattle positions, settled down next to slopes or streams that mantain as in the past, although less towns. The walk is for an on the way to earth, preferably for fresh times of the year and vehicles 4x4.


The walk begins 38 Km . to the north of Chepes (RP29), in a village of the High Costa of the mountain of The Plains to the one that you arrives from the route for an on the way to earth that goes into 1 Km . in the serranía and you will arrive to San Antonio.


San Antonio


In this place the commander riojano was born Juan Facundo Quiroga and it is a picturesque one and evocativo place, almost as detainee in the time. They characterize it their empty square and the humble church where Facundo was baptized sustained by thick buttresses that help her to resist tremors and the weight of the years. Walking for their lomadas is discovered vetustos locusts, corrals and some few dispersed Creole ranches, as that of the Quiroga, of adobes and pirca, so affectionately maintained that it seems still inhabited.

The Quiroga settled down 200 years ago in San Antonio , next to the mountain of Argañaraz , name of the commander's maternal family. The property was located strategically, halfway of The Rioja Córdoba, San Luis and San Juan, that which facilitate that its father, merchant and farmer with muleteers' troops ended up being the man more influential do the area Facundo formed in that means like muleteers' boss and after militias, it reached a deep knowledge of the plains, their men and problems and in him it laid the foundation their ideals of federal commander later.

Continue to the north for the RP 26 and, in 39 Km . it will arrive to The Portezuelo. From there I deviated 10 Km . toward the mountain to arrive to Malanzán.




It is a town llanisto next to which is the property Anajuacio that belonged to Facundo. You will be able to know their house very well maintained that shows the commander's austere rural life. It resembles other ranches of the area a lot, but they highlight the best construction in the stone walls with mud the structure of the roof with locust horquetas and the taken care carpentry all resolved one with simplicity and stability

The place is picturesque. with lomadas, small herdsmen and a stream. The town has an irregular, open layout, where it can contact baqueanos for hunts or to organize trips for the mountains. You will find gentle surroundings to camp and to enjoy country walks.

Leave Malanzán and continue 9 Km . toward the northwest. It will arrive to Atiles




It is Nicolás' stay Peñaloza who, at the beginning of last century, it had 5.000 livestock heads there. To this family of prosperous farmers the " Chacho " and the "Teacher of the Homeland belonged ", Rosario Vera Peñaloza (1873-1950) whose native house is still conserved. In 1821, Facundo installed its camp and it established the headquarters of the Command of The Plains. According to the tradition villager, their store was covered by a centennial locust that still exists.

Atiles was seat of a partiality diaguita that inhabited next to a watery one. Organized as town of Indians in the colonial time, had an active participation during the Great AIzamiento Calchaquí (1630), being one of the most southern warlike focuses. The Indians extinguished at the end of the XVIII century and their lands, declared realengas, they were auctioned and they sold Nicolás Peñaloza.

Continu 9 Km . to the north until Huaja, cradle of the general Ángel Vicente Peñaloza. Next to the road it can visit their native house, two long faced constructions, with adobe walls and shady galleries that highlight in the humble architecture of the place.

Continue to the north and know Carrizal and The Aguadita, distant 5 Km . to each other, with nice dispersed villages among hills on those that meticulous corrals of branches appear. In Carrizal there is interesting petroglifos to 200 m of the road.

Near 16 Km . toward the north for the same route, in it dams it of the Mount, double toward the east and continue 9 Km . plus to arrive to Tama.




This old town and head of the Rectory of The Plains guard in their parochial registrations, the commanders' bibliographical data and of the local history. Here Victoria was born Romero, handcuffs inseparable partner of the "Chacho" Peñaloza. In front of the square the Church of Our rises Mrs. of the Rosario , of classic features, with triangular fronton, toast of three bodies and tames. Don't stop to know their interior; it conserves a climate of typical rustic parish. Several old images of Christ, the Virgin and the Santos , squares, reliquaries, dry palms and you veil they meet in the dimness of the church, willing spontaneously. At the present time, Tama lives off small cultivations of fruit-bearing and vineyards, with those that the traditional one is elaborated patero came.

A municipal complex exists, with a hostel, camping site and pileta.

Continue the walk toward the south for the other skirt of the mountain of Malanzán , crossing aguaditas and streams, where they are the humble oasis of the plains. After 32 Km . it will arrive to the RP 28 that it returns to Malanzán ( 13 Km . toward the west).

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