Located in the province of Buenos Aires, 550km to the south-west of Capital Federal, the town of Sierra de la Ventana offers a unique view and a shot of extra fresh air, ideal for those who need a break from the city routine in all its forms.
Family trip. It’s something that my family and I don’t do too often now that my brother and I have left our hometown to study in Buenos Aires, “the big city”. With the excuse of a business trip that my dad had to do, we decided to hit the road all together like back in the day.
Just being on the road for a while clears your head. The roads in Buenos Aires Province have the most beautiful landscape surrounding them, and as you get nearer to the mountains, you come across these awesome yellow foxtails that I just couldn’t resist turning into the subject of many of my photographs.
“Sierra de la Ventana” means “The Window Mountain”, and it’s called like this because the main nearby mountain has a square hole near the top. Seen from a distance, like in the first picture in this article, it looks like a very small hole, but it really is as big as 8 meters tall and 5 meters wide. There is a trekking path you can do to walk to the top, but unfortunately we couldn’t get around to do it.
The town itself doesn’t have much to offer, but to me that wasn’t a problem. After all, I wanted a little break from the city, and that’s exactly what this town provided me, since it’s kinda like the opposite of the big city. During the weekend it was clear that there were lots of tourists and visitors from nearby areas, but the thing changed as soon as Monday showed up. At noon, the town remained silent and desolated, as most probably the locals were taking a nice nap.
The best thing we could think of doing then was to go have a taste of the delicious local scented cheeses, cold meats and salamis, all homemade and exquisite! Have a look and tell me that you’re not dying to taste some:
Fortunately for me, we went during autumn, which is my favourite season to take photographs, and especially if there are many trees to color the scene
Another thing I love to photograph are old train rails and stations, and Sierra de la Ventana’s is particularly picturesque, another reason why I loved this trip so much!
My dad remembered some of his relatives used to have a farm just outside of town that he’d visited while he was a kid. After rumbling around for a while, he found the place, and although the farm didn’t belong to his family any more, the current owners let us take a look. The sun was setting and this beautiful tree was screaming for some analogue attention.
Even though we didn’t get to do the walk to the “Window” (the one the place gets its name for), we had a great trip! I’d recommend it to anyone who is willing to drive for a few hours and take a few cameras with them.