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Taninga Tunnels, Cordoba, Argentina

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The Taninga Tunnels are a series of 12 tunnels located in the Sierra de Pocho de Córdoba, Argentina. They were built in the 1930s as part of a railway project that was never completed. The tunnels are now a popular tourist destination, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The road is called the gravel of the Provincial Route 28. It connects the provinces of Córdoba to La Rioja valleys and San Juan. The road is 25 kilometers long.

The tunnels are located about 75 kilometers from the town of Taninga and 117 kilometers  from the city of Cordoba. The easiest way to reach them is by car, but there are also a few tour operators that offer guided tours. It’s a bit difficult to reach because the road is not in good condition but worth it, it is important to drive slowly and carefully.

Once you reach the tunnels, you can walk through them or simply admire the views from the outside. The tunnels are relatively short, but they are quite narrow, so it is important to be careful. The tunnels are absolutely stunning, the views from the top are incredible, all flat until the horizon line, and dark green, and it’s a really unique experience to walk through.

You can see the surrounding countryside for miles around, and on a clear day, you can even see the city of Córdoba. The tunnels are also a great place to see condors, which are often seen soaring overhead.  If you are looking for a unique and beautiful place to visit in Argentina, the Taninga Tunnels are definitely worth a visit.

Here are some additional facts about the Taninga Tunnels

  • The tunnels are located at an altitude of 1,400 meters (4,600 feet).
  • The longest tunnel is 120 meters (394 feet) long.
  • The tunnels were built by the French company Société Française de Constructions Métalliques.
  • The railway project was abandoned due to financial difficulties.
  • The tunnels were opened to the public in 1997.

Taninga Tunnels in Google Maps

How to get to the Taninga Tunnels

  • Provincial Route 20 from La Rioja, which becomes Provincial Route 28 upon entering the province of Córdoba.
  • Provincial Route 28 from the town of Taninga.
  • Provincial Route 51, which joins Route 28 from the south.

Chancaní Natural Park

On the other side of the tunnels, heading down the road towards La Rioja, you will find the Chancaní Natural Reserve. It is a protected area that covers an area of 4,920 hectares and is located in the foothills of the Sierras de Córdoba. The reserve is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including quebracho trees, algarrobo trees, pumas, and condors.

The reserve offers a variety of activities, including hiking, camping, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing. There are also a number of educational facilities in the reserve, including a visitor center and a museum.

The reserve is open to the public year-round, but the best time to visit is during the spring or fall, when the weather is mild. If you are planning a trip to the area, I would recommend visiting both the Tuneles de Taninga and Reserva Natural Chancaní. They are both beautiful places that offer a unique glimpse into the natural beauty of Argentina.

Through the Sierras de Pocho, Taninga Tunnels, communicate to the Province of Córdoba to La Rioja valleys. Five open in the mountain cord hanging bridges and some tunnels, make up this impressive work of road engineering. The road that leads to the tunnels was built in 1930, 117 km. Cordoba capital. The landscape is discovered there, it is one of the most beautiful postcards of the province.

Pictures: Traslasierra Noticias, prensa.cba.gov.ar, tripadvisor

Spanish Version: Túneles de Taninga, Córdoba, Argentina

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