Review: Yatan Rumi near Cordoba, Argentina

Review: Yatan Rumi near Cordoba, Argentina

Where can you find the largest naturist resort in the world?
YES! You’re right! In Argentina. How did you know this?
You didn’t, did you? No worries, we had no clue either until we started researching naturist places in Argentina and stumbled upon a 1200ha (this is not a typo) naturist resort called Yatan Rumi. Naturism in Argentina is not exactly a huge thing (yet), but still they have the largest place in the world, how is that even possible?

 

Well, don’t expect some kind of Cap d’Agde in Argentina. Yatan Rumi is something completely different. The best way to describe it is a huge natural park which allows nudity. The camping only takes a very small part of the whole domain and the rest is just pure nature. Amazing, wonderful, pure nature.

Yatan Rumi near Cordoba, Argentina

Location

Yatan Rumi is located in the sierras surrounding Cordoba city, in a village called Tanti. If you’re coming from anywhere within Argentina or from some of the surrounding countries, you can fly directly to Cordoba international airport (its official name is: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport). This airport is also reachable directly from Madrid, Spain with Air Europa and as of mid-2019 there will be a direct American Airlines flight from Miami, USA as well.
From any other country in the world you’ll have to connect in Buenas Aires.
At Cordoba bus terminal you can take a bus that goes to Tanti and there you can get picked up by the team of Yatam Rumi. Make sure to arrange this pickup service upfront.

 

Another way to get to Yatan Rumi is with your own transport. Several car rental companies are available at Cordoba airport and the drive to Tanti is very scenic, passing the huge lake of Carlos Paz.
Here’s a big warning though: From the main entrance of the Yatan Rumi domain it’s still 4km to the camp on a road that’s… Well let’s say that you better have some great driving skills and that a good car insurance might not be a bad idea. We’ve seen non-4WD’s arrive at the campground an we honestly have no clue how they did it. One thing is sure, we certainly could not. This driveway is not for those who are not used to driving on rough terrain. Several who gave it a try decided to leave their car halfway and walk the last 2km. Just saying.
Ask for GSP coordinates if you’re willing to take the risk.

Yatan Rumi near Cordoba, Argentina

Accommodation

At a place that much hidden in nature we believe that by far the best way to experience Yatan Rumi is to camp. The campground is a large grass lawn surrounded by hilly landscape, in the night you hear nothing but crickets and birds and you can really see a million stars. If being far away in nature is your thing, it does get even better: You don’t really have to stay at the camp. There are several other amazing spots on the domain where it’s very cool to camp, next to one of the rivers for example. Here you will be completely alone in nature. You can choose to bring your own tent but Yatan Rumi also has several rental tents available.

 

The central building at the camp is the common area slash restaurant slash guest house. For those who are not really comfortable sleeping in a tent there are several other accommodation options as well. Private double rooms are available as well as more economical dorm beds. You can be sure that there will be something that will fit your budget and comfort needs.

Yatan Rumi near Cordoba, Argentina

Facilities

In these mountains you can’t expect the top quality facilities you find in the city. There’s no need to worry though, you don’t have to do your thing behind a bush (although you perfectly could, nobody would notice). Yatan Rumi has a toilet block with real flushable toilets and an indoor communal shower with hot running water. This water is heated by a wood stove which burns the whole day when there are many people but only on certain times when there’s a smaller crowd. So you may have to plan your showers.

 

We’ve gotten so used to seeing electricity lines everywhere that we barely even notice them anymore… until they’re gone. There are no artificial lines above Yatan Rumi, but there is a limited amount of electricity available. Enough to give you light during dinner and to charge your phone and for the really heavy stuff, like the beamer and boxes for karaoke night, there’s a generator available.
Yatan Rumi has its own restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s no menu and everyone sits at the same table eating the same thing. If you have allergies or food constraints we’re sure that they’ll keep that in mind though. This wouldn’t be Argentina of course if there wasn’t an unlimited amount of wine (and beer and soft drinks as well) available.

 

Several events are organised at Yatan Rumi, the season starts on the first Sunday of December with the naked run (which they call a marathon but is actually just a 6k run. We did hear that they’re planning to have a 15k one of the next years).
There’s a New Years Eve event, the birthday of Yatan Rumi (February 16th), a carnaval celebration and the season ends with an Easter party during Semana Santa, the week before Easter.

Yatan Rumi near Cordoba, Argentina

Surroundings

Yatan Rumi just IS its surroundings. 1200 hectares… Do you have any idea how large that is?
To give you an indication: Yatan Rumi has its own mountains, rivers, waterfalls and ruins. Guided naked walking tours lasting several hours are organised on the domain and you only discover one small part. During the naked run, 3 participants got lost. Do we need to say more?
If you like hiking naked in nature you will just LOVE this place. You can do actual day hikes on the domain. You can swim in rivers, relax on hill sides and just expose yourself to genuine nature.

 

The lost participants of the run were retrieved pretty fast, but we imagine that you can get really lost so do ask for instructions about where to walk. Some of the mayor tracks have signs but there’s so much more to explore. Make sure to take enough water and sunscreen and to have focus points, like the sugar bread mountain (not the one in Rio, it’s not THAT high).
If you do want to get out (for some weird reason), Tanti is a nice sleepy village with some shops and small restaurants. Ideal to do groceries. Carlos Paz is much bigger and has a very nice lake which is fun for a walk, a clothed one though. Day trips to Mina Clavera or Cordoba should be possible but you’ll have to rise early because it will take some time to get there and back.

Yatan Rumi near Cordoba, Argentina

Staff

The managers of Yatan Rumi are Miguel and Nora, an amazingly friendly Argentinian couple who’ve started the nudist camp almost 16 years ago. They are the face of Yatan Rumi but we’re sure that they could never make it without their volunteer staff. The first one we met was Marcello “the Brazilian”, who risks his life pretty much every day by driving up and down the dangerous driveway to pick up your food, your drinks or yourself in Tanti. Then there’s Mario who’s responsible for putting that food on your table and Vero who talks little but maybe does the most of all. We don’t know, we’re just guessing.
What we do know is that they make an awesome team who make sure that you have a clean toilet, great food, cold beers and a very good time whatsoever.

 

Guests

We visited Yatan Rumi during one of their event weekends so we can’t really tell you how the place is on a regular day. When we arrived on Friday it was still quite calm with a twenty-ish other guests. We remember José who was full of jokes, Schumacher and his wife, two lovely ladies whose names we unfortunately forgot (we really have to learn to write these things down) and several others. On Saturday the crowd for the run started arriving and on Sunday there were more than a hundred guests of whom 62 participated in the naked run.
What struck us the most was the diversity in guests. Singles, couples and groups of friends of all ages were present. Other than a couple from the UK, Schumacher (originally German but living in Uruguay) and a French guy who has been living in Tanti for the last 10 years we were the only foreign guests. Other guests came from all over Argentina. We met so many lovely people and were very happy that one Argentinian couple actually knew about Naked Wanderings.

Yatan Rumi near Cordoba, Argentina

Info & booking

We normally don’t make a separate section for this but here we believe we have to because we also didn’t really know how to get in touch at first. You have to know that in Argentina WhatsApp is huge. Everyone uses it and for all kinds of reasons and it has more or less completely replaced e-mail.
The best way to contact Yatan Rumi is directly via the WhatsApp of Miguel: +54 351 156 590 289
The second and third best way are via Facebook and Instagram

 

 

Summary

In you like unspoilt nature, naturism and a lovely atmosphere, we have one tip for you: Don’t just put Yatan Rumi on your bucket list. Put it right on top! This is a place you have to experience at least once in your life because there’s nothing like it in the whole world.

 

Read more about Yatan Rumi on  NUDE
More photos: On our Facebook

 

Disclaimer: We have been invited as guests of Yatan Rumi, but of course all opinions are our own. We are super confident you will love this place as much as we did!
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11 thoughts on “Review: Yatan Rumi near Cordoba, Argentina

  1. WOWOW!!! Thanks for this.
    When you said you were going to check this place out I had thought – for a hot second – I’ll be passing through Argentina this “summer,” (January) I bet I could reroute my flight and make a stopover here. But this doesn’t exactly sound like a stopover kind of place! (Thanks for the warning about the road situation. Walking the last two kilometers in the summer heat sounds a little intimidating.)

    I’m going to make a wild guess that at least one of the two of you speak Spanish – would that be correct? Our biggest frustration with naturism in South America has been the language barrier as I don’t have a command of Spanish nor Portuguese, and neither French nor English are terribly helpful in the more remote places – like naturist places. Thoughts on that related to your current travels?

    Thanks again for this wonderful resource. Definitely moving this toward the top of the list. 🙂

    1. Yes, we both speak reasonably decent Spanish and it does help a lot on our travels in South America. Miguel and Marcello at Yatan Rumi speak some English and probably some of the others as well. But don’t expect highly philosophical discussions.
      We did find that people really took the effort and patience to talk with us, although some were barely understandable (Argentinian Spanish is way different than “real” Spanish, but that should not be said out loud in the country 🙂 )

      1. OK. Got it . Yutan Rumi goes to the top of the list, while leaning Spanish goes onto the bucket list. I think I have it straight now! 🙂

        P.S. Did you ever get to the place in Uruguay? Did I miss that post?

  2. The access road to the guest house in Yatán Rumi is now much better than what it was in the beginning…
    I have been there several times in the past, and found otu that there is only one secret to handle it, in one word: PATIENCE!!!
    Just go slow, don’t worry if it takes half an hour to do de 4 km.
    I went there in my small car of that time, a two door two wheel drive Corsa, without any problem.

    1. You are very brave! 🙂
      Indeed, patience is probably the key and we saw several small cars coming down when we were there. But we also saw a couple of guests who left their car halfway down the road. So we figured that it was important that we share this info.

  3. I discovered in Tenerife that some car rental companies require you to stay on paved roads. I don’t know if that applies in Argentina; check with your rental company.

    Thank you N&L for your accounts of so many places – you are adding massively to my bucket list! Please keep travelling, writing and photographing.

    1. We will Mark, we will!
      And we know that car rental companies sometimes have strange requirements… We believe in the idea of taking a risk now and then but of course that’s not something we can promote 😀

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