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To the river Diamond






























Trip for a walk that travels the old village of the strong one and the reservoirs of the river Diamond, with picturesque landscapes. They can visit one another the hydraulic works of this river that generate hydroelectric energy and an irrigation system. In summer, the place is ideal for nautical sports.

Circuit of 202 round trip km. Walk of one day for all season, specially pleasant in summer. The roads are paved almost totally. You will find several places for picnic, restaurants in the clubs of lakes and an excellent camping site in the Dike The Reyunos. Fill the tank in San Rafael .


Leave San Rafael (km 0) toward the west for the Av. H. Yrigoyen. Travel 4 km until the round and connection in the same address for the RN143 that runs under a superb tunnel of bananas, among having taken care of vineyards.

When arriving to the second round (km 13), turn to the left and continue for the RP150. There the urbanized area concludes and a rural landscape appears in whose bottom highlights a mountainous group of worn away profiles: it is San Rafael's Block . In the km 17 will see new properties and trenches of poplars that announce the vicinity of Villa 25 de Mayo


Villa 25 de Mayo


It travels her to him for shady earth alleys, accompanied by deep canals of meek flow. The serenity is absolute. Almost as detainees in the time large houses of last century rise, with high walls and right vestibules that reveal fleeting scenes of in the past, here even daily: the loose hens in the grasses, the taverns with fruits drying off in the sun, the old seats of very dry and crispy totora, and hundred of hearts, planted in can jars, flourishing happily in the galleries.

The village grew in the last decades of last century, when the Campaign to the Desert (1879) it moved away the danger of the malones forever.

When arriving for the route at the station of service, double to the left to know s of the Fort of the ruins of San Rafael (MHN) (1805).


Fort of San Rafael (MHN)


They are remains of thick adobe walls on foundations of river stone, erosionadas for the rains. In the outpost they fought and they conversed white and Indian, because it was a frontier outpost.

Return for the same street and continue a block to know the square of the old village, first urban nucleus of San Rafael .

Their vegetable gardens and chacras originated the prodigious oasis that today sees. In their simple church of Our Mrs. of the Carmen the indefatigable father preached Manuel Marco, arrived in 1875 as chaplain of the 7° of Chivalry and enthusiastic promoter of the Italian colony and of other immigrants.

In the peace of the humble cemetery of the village the poet rests Alfredo Bufano.


Continue the journey for the town, in address to the west. To 1 km of the village will be able to visit the Dike Galilean Derivador Vitale


Dike Galilean Derivador Vitale


has access for an in route to the left. In the surroundings there are beautiful places for picnic, but it is not allowed to take a bath. The flow of water produces energy by means of the hydroelectric power station The Colonels , next to the floodgates.

Return wing route and continue advancing toward the mountains, the vegetation you stocky and scarce restitution, offering a good mark to understand the fundamental importance that have in the culture cuyana the hydraulic works that will visit one another.

To 24 km of San Rafael it connects an in route to the left of the route that, in 3 km , it takes to the Complex The Tiger - The Reyunos


Complex The Tiger - The Reyunos


It is an interesting work with two prey and next reservoirs ( 2 km ) that act complementarily. The Reyunos is the most important, but The Tiger has interest like compensation contraembalse, allowing the feedback of the main one for pumping nocturne. It is the first one that visits one another.

Continuing toward The Reyunos returns to the road and continue ascending until arriving to the administration (end of the pavement), from there a serpentine road and ripiado 12 km that it crosses a tunnel of 300 m of long extends and it finishes with the surprising view of the mirror of water, from the high thing. The image is very beautiful, with a sky to and intensely blue lake, clipped by the reddish serranías of sharp rocky reliefs.

The prey is in a narrow canyon that dams 800 there is of surface of water. Here there are excellent pejerreyes fishing, salmon, perches and carps.


We recommend to descend 4 km for the same road to visit the Club of Nautical and The Reyunos Fishes , located in the perilago of the reservoir.

In summer the place you full with life for the practice of all type of nautical sports. There are excellent facilities open to the public, a place to camp, a proveeduría and an apart hotel.


Return to the RP,150 and continue toward the west for a very picturesque road to visit the one bigger than the reservoirs of the river Diamond.

While it is ascended to the high pampas, in the summit of San Rafael 's Block, can notice how the vegetation diminishes with the height until only decreasing to coirones. This is a shepherding area of bovine and horses.


Later on, the route connects with the RN40, in an old road that takes from the valley from Uco to the Salinas of the Diamond, formerly exploited. The tract of 7 km is only paved until the dike.

In the distance leave the rounded summit of the hill Diamond , of 2.354 m of altitude.

To 81 km of San Rafael it will arrive to Reservoir Agua del Toro .


Reservoir Agua del Toro


The only access to the lake is in the Club of Hunt and Fishing, 3 km to the right, for a consolidated road. The club has a pier, used by fishermen and sportsmen. To obtain better views of the mirror of water and the arrogance works hydraulics, go into for the one on the way to 2 km toward the left.

The dike is a spectacular semicircular murallón of armed concrete, of 128 m of high that allows the integral use of the river (it dilutes and energy). It was inaugurated in 1982. To the east of the prey is the hydroelectric power station , by a jump of 100 m of height.


To the west can the mighty river Diamond it turns, born in the lagoon of the Diamond , in the mountain range. When crossing San Rafael 's Block, observe as this it is contained in successive reservoirs, deriving their flows for the watering of the south oasis. Then, the bed continues toward the east to finish consumed, when ending in the Drain-salted one. The river Diamond has a deep meaning in the provincial history, since it was opposite virtual with the Indian up to 1879. Return to San Rafael for the same roads.

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