We started from Córdoba - we had heard from a fellow backpacker that Los gigantes was pretty cool... read more
Hi there, We just did 2 days there a week ago! I was literally just about to post a review on here and have seen your post! If it's not too late this was our review (keeping in mind we went on a long weekend so there so... More
Hi there, We just did 2 days there a week ago! I was literally just about to post a review on here and have seen your post! If it's not too late this was our review (keeping in mind we went on a long weekend so there so lots of people there so we didn't feel worried about getting lost or anything without a guide...); We started from Córdoba - we had heard from a fellow backpacker that Los gigantes was pretty cool. We packed our small bags hoping to drop our big ones in a locker overnight.. typical us we were late & so didn't have time to put them in a locker. You buy the tickets from Sarmiento - it's a company & their ticket booth is located in the 'new' part of the main bus terminal in Córdoba. We'd read that the bus leaves as 8am, but ours actually was at 7:45am.. we were also abit unorganised so were supposed to buy food before we went but that didn't happen.. the bus ride was pretty cool - mainly on dirt roads when you got out the city.. the bus stopped at a stop called 'parador del valle' for about half an hour whist the bus driver had a coffee. We managed to buy some good sandwiches and biscuits there. Also a coffee! But abit pricey.. Literally 5 mins more on the bus & the bus driver will stop at the bus stop at Los Gigantes. There is a sign just before this saying 'La gigantes - ratonde' which is another way to get there. We asked the bus driver when they were coming back the next day & he said normally it would be 11:50, but because it was a public holiday they were only coming at 5pm (so make sure you check).. We were heading for Casa Nuerve which is a little place to stay about 2km from the 2nd bus stop towards the mountain. We got there and asked the lady if there was a room (we winged it hoping there would be a room).. she didn't speak English but we managed to understand that No there were no rooms but they have this massive spare room thing with loads of mattresses so we could just stay there for the night (there were no pillows or blankets but we just wore thermals and seemed to be fine) .. we signed in then she then showed us the direction that we should head and what to follow. From the Ada nuevas track you can get to the peak around the north side, past La Mano Del hombre (on maps.me). The weather was beautiful so there were lots of other hikers. We'd heard that we should probably get a guide but it was fairly easy to follow the little rock pile signs, and we managed to go past a few waterfalls, get to some awsome viewpoints - this is one of the ways up from casa nuevas. You follow little piles of small rocks - we managed to not get too lost & never felt scared or worried we were going to get lost (with good weather you can tell which way you should be going).. there were plenty of small fresh running streams up there & we filled up our bottles many times. There were also many campers. there is a little cafe down at casa nuevas with tasty empanadas, pizza and cervesa, as well as home made bread & other goodies to buy to take up the mountain. The next day we walked along the road to la Rotonda which is about 2 km from casa Nuevas & is the other main place to start. You have to sign in and pay 100 pesos here before you go up. You could also stay the night here, and we had a coffee before we started our hike. Here you can either go to the cross which is cool & seems to be the most popular track, or you can go to the peak (think it was called Magote or something like that but on maps.me its near the cave and 'refugio don antonio').. we felt a little lost getting to the peak sometimes making up our own paths, but never felt disorientated so didn't stress.. from la rotonda to the peak and back took us about 5 hours. We had amazing weather so make sure you check before we went.. headed back to the bus stop around 5pm and the bus hobbled along about 10mins late. Overall was a great great adventure & we'd recommend it to anyone!!!