DEVOtION to VIRGEN DEL CERRO

RIO SAN IGNACIO - EL TALON –- GRUTAS DE LA VIRGEN DEL CERRO   JOURNEY Nª CS018/19 - CÓDE CSSIVC2

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL: MEDIUM.

APPROXIMATE DURATION IN DESTINATION: 9 hours.

Departure from the place of origin. We cross the Marapa river and enter the La Cocha department, where we can see the former La Invernada sugar mill and the Via Crucis del Señor del Camino. On the side of the road we can see the typical tobacco drying rooms, characteristic of this area.

 

At the height of the city of La Cocha we will take the provincial route No. 334 directly where after traveling 5 kms.

 

We will arrive at the town of San Ignacio, where we can see the Jesuit Church, declared a National Historic Monument. Then we continue to the San Ignacio River observing crops and vegetation of the Yungas. We leave the vehicle on the banks of the river to continue a walk.

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We cross the river and we will observe the mortars sculpted in stone. We take the path that will take us to the First Grotto of the Virgin. After 2 hours of ascent, passing through places such as "El Talón", among trees that are ever taller, we will arrive at the First Grotto of the Virgin, and then continue to the Second Grotto, this time descending towards the stream crossing it more than one a dozen times, the so-called Arroyo de la Virgen, which is one of the tributaries of the San Ignacio River. Once at the destination, rest to regain strength, hydration and nutrition. We will have a picnic in the area, taking care not to leave any residue in it. We will leave free time for prayer and placement of offerings. raised by a person nicknamed the "Gringo" García, who was a very incredulous being.

According to comments from the inhabitants of the area, this man brought wood from the hill, and in that place there was a very large rock that prevented him from passing the cut wood to the sawmill in the city of La Cocha. There were several attempts to split it by placing dynamite, so this incredulous man promised that if the Virgin performed the miracle of splitting the stone until he returned from the top with the wood, he would build a grotto there. The miracle happened and the man kept his promise. Thus, every December 8 the pilgrims visit it. After a few hours, we will start the return to the San Ignacio River, to have a picnic in its vicinity, or visit a nursery or return to La Cocha and take a walk through the Terminal's shopping center or have a snack before returning to their place of origin.

 

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