Villa Carlos Paz (locally [ˈbiʝa ˈkaɾlos ˈpas]) is a city in the center-north of the province of Córdoba, Argentina, in the south of the Punilla Valley, lying on the western slope of the Sierras Chicas. It has a population of about 56,000 as per the 2001 census [INDEC]. The area of Punilla is a major tourist destination on the national level, and Villa Carlos Paz is in turn the most important city of Punilla, favoured by its closeness (36 km (22 mi)) to the populous Córdoba City, the capital of the province. Popular tourist activities include bathing in one of themany rivers, fishing, evening shows, kite surfing, windsurfing, hiking and mountain biking.
Villa Carlos Paz is located on the southern shore of the San Roque Lake. It is crossed by the
San Antonio River and the
Los Chorrillos Stream. The city was founded by the rancher Carlos Nicandro Paz in 1913.