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    Curious German village in Argentina

    Curious German village in Argentina

    Goblins are carved from the trunks of trees, red mushrooms color the floor, the buildings are of Swiss-German style and decorated with flowery planters: it feels like a fairy tale. However, we are right in the center of Argentina, La Cumbrecita. Guided tour by Ingrid Cabjolsky to discover this corner of Bavaria nestled between the mountains (1450 m), imagined by his German grandfather in 1934.

    Discover the roots of the village

    The old hotel, old family house, the source of water: walking the loop of 2 km from the historic center plunges Ingrid Cabjolsky into memories, and the visitor in central Europe. According to her, the walk helps to understand how the village has been built since 1934. Helmut Cabjolsky, his grandfather, is the new manager of the Siemens electrical company in Buenos Aires and is looking for a place for a summer house. . He and his wife are seduced by the mountain panorama of this great virgin land (500 hectares) that reminds them of the German village Garmisch-Partenkirchen, often visited. The lost Eden will come to life in Argentina, La Cumbrecita.

    At Helmut

    For work, "the family leaves Berlin by boat in 1932," says Ingrid Cabjolsky, showing the suitcases hanging from the ceiling of her bar-restaurant Helmut, where we are. On the walls, old photos of the village and pioneers are hung. "My uncle [Klauss] was 10 years old and my father [Helmut fils] 12." More than a bistro, here is the former studio of the latter, brilliant engineer, "author" of La Cumbrecita. "My father draws the streets of the village, the bridge, houses." At age 18, he divides the land into lots when his parents "open the door" to the friends of Buenos Aires, Austrians, Hungarians, Swiss, Belgians.

    The capilla

    The belfry of the small chapel points to the sky. Built in 1967 by Ingrid Cabjolsky's father, it's a special place for her. "We met there when we had a priest who came here, but the moment that struck me most, strangely, is the wake of my grandfather, in 1979. I was 11 years old . It was an event! A crowd of people came from Buenos Aires [located more than 700 km] from Cordoba to salute his impressive vision. "The chapel has the distinction of being open to all religions.

    The secrets of the Almbach

    "I'm a lover of nature and that's what my parents came for here, so that's what there is to discover," thinks the one for whom Almbach Creek has "incredible" places, like natural pools several meters deep. The abundance of water on this land, at that time 20 km from the mule back of the first village, also convinced the Cabjolsky. "My grandmother told my grandfather," Look, there is water, so there is life, we buy.

    Portal of the Grand Sierras

    "Mount Wank [the name of the one overlooking Garmisch-Partenkirchen] is a point where you have to go, a place of peace," Ingrid Cabjolsky thinks. From the summit - 1715 m -, after two hours of walking, the village appears through the forest sown by the pioneers. Behind us, the rocky peaks of the Sierras Grandes range extend on the horizon on the traditional land of the Comechingones Indians. Moreover, several descendants live today in La Cumbrecita - including the spouse of Ingrid Cabjolsky.

    Exit the circuit

    Tourist pole, La Cumbrecita is not only a relic of the past. "We are about 1,200 people living here all year round. There is a primary and secondary school, "says Cabjolsky. The copy would have surpassed the original model. "I prefer La Cumbrecita in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, for the pristine natural environment that has been preserved." To truly experience this Argentine example of ecotourism (pedestrian village, etc.), according to Cabjolsky, is to travel the Sierras Great beyond the points marked on the tourist map, "go and discover the magical places". And who knows if we will not meet a lost dwarf?

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