Tuesday, January 06, 2015

El Campo

December 30, 2014

We stayed in Cordoba for five days with the most amazing couple, Monica and Eduardo.  Monica speaks perfect, beautiful English as she was an exchange student for a year in the US when in High School.  They opened their home to us, cared for us, and gave us an experience to remember for the rest of our lives. 

 They live in the city of Cordoba, but also have a second home at El Campo. The picture above was taken from the road and if you look very hard you can see the house in the middle of the picture in a mountain valley.  El Campo is in the Sierras, a drive of about  75 minutes.  Once you reach the mountains the road is not paved, nor is it gravel – it is just a dirt road.  The last 20 minutes of the dirt road is really better suited for a donkey than a car.  It was a narrow rocky road (big, big rocks)  on the very edge of the mountain.  The property is breath taking in its beauty, secluded and quiet.  The electricity is one solar panel that charges a battery for lights.  The stove and refrigerator are run by propane tanks similar to our outdoor grills.  There are two main houses as well as another two separate rooms used as bedrooms.  These houses were made by hand with mud bricks.  The floors have traditional Spanish type tile and the porch floor is an artistic mosaic floor made to resemble a horse.  There were horses, streams, wild parakeets, plums, figs, flowers, herbs and magnificent stars at night.  The drinking water came from the stream and although I hesitated at first to drink it, it was delicious.    We stayed the night at El Campo and I slept like a baby.

If you ever have a chance to visit the Sierras it is well worth your time.

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