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Mount Uritorco, as seen from Capilla del Monte
Elevation 1,949 m (6,394 ft)
Uritorco is located in Argentina
Córdoba, Argentina
Range Sierras Chicas
Coordinates 30°50′39″S 64°28′34″W / 30.84417°S 64.47611°W / -30.84417; -64.47611Coordinates: 30°50′39″S 64°28′34″W / 30.84417°S 64.47611°W / -30.84417; -64.47611
Easiest route Hike

Cerro Uritorco is a mountain (cerro) and highest peak of the Sierras Chicas chain in the northwest of the province of Córdoba, Argentina. It is located next to the Calabalumba River, three km from the center of the city of Capilla del Monte, and its summit is at 1,949 m above mean sea level. The name Uritu urqu means "Male Hill" in Santiago del Estero Quichua, which is, however, not the aboriginal Comechingón language.

Cerro Uritorco seen from El Zapato

Since 1986 Uritorco has been mentioned in media reports of UFO sightings, extraterrestrial visits, and visions of "parallel dimensions". The nearby Capilla del Monte and the base of Uritorco attract many New Age supporters and tourists interested in the alleged mystical/energetic qualities of the mountain and other paranormal phenomena, and a local artisan industry has developed around this topic.

Uritorco is under private administration, and can be accessed by the public for a small fee. It is considered a medium-difficulty ascent, taking around three hours to reach the top provided the appropriate hiking path is followed.

In 2012, the mountain was closed on December 21st, as a mass suicide had been proposed on Facebook to take place there due to the 2012 phenomenon.[1]


  1. ^ "Cerrarían el Uritorco el próximo viernes por temor a suicidio masivo". Telefe Noticias (in Spanish). 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

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