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| Estimated reading time: 1 min.|| Karina Jozami Jorge González (1) y Pablo Etchevers (2)|
The beautiful beaches of Las Grutas offer excellent sandhills to experience a funny adventure on quad cycles.
|Going for a quad cycle ride on the beach is a typical activity in summer evenings and a perfect way to know the natural scenery of Las Grutas. |
There are several quad cycle rentals at the seaside village and also interesting guided tours in the surroundings.
Towards the eastern area of the city, after cycling along a 2-kilometer-long path full of typical vegetation, such as chañares, jarillas, coirones, alpatacos, matacebos and tunas, stands the first site for the adventure: La Paloma Ravine. A narrow and steep path is the access to an extraordinary lonely beach which can be toured by quad cycle.
Following the same direction, 3 kilometers ahead, lies Piedras Coloradas, named after the reddish rock formations found there, which date from the Precambrian period. It has a wide beach visited by fishermen and high sandhills where sandboarding is a common activity.
|After riding on for other 3 kilometers on these funny 4WD vehicles, there is “El Buque” (the vessel) area, a beautiful beach famous for housing different bird species which stop there in their migratory journey to the northern hemisphere.|
In this picturesque spot, so-called for its resemblance to a vessel in shape, grows a native wood of chañares, and there are plenty of mussels and little octopuses.
The tour may continue towards the site known as “El sótano” (the basement), a cliff area 12 kilometers away. There is a short path to get to the famous Las Ostras Ravine, to observe the crystallized fossil oyster deposit dating from the Tertiary period, 12 million years ago.