Fourth River: characteristics and all you need to know about it

Quarto River is a fusion of nature and city, you will find the perfect balance. Want to know how this is possible? Then this article is for you.

Characteristics of the River Cuarto

River Cuarto or Chocancharava is an Argentine river and city of commercial and agricultural importance. It produces primary and industrial goods and services (see Dniester River).


River Cuarto is a city in the south of the province of Córdoba. A watercourse called the River Cuarto flows through the city.

Where is River Cuarto?

River Cuarto is located in the west of the Pampa Húmeda. The course of the River Cuarto takes place in a peneplain located to the east of the Sierra de Comechingones. The city of River Cuarto is second in size and population to the capital, Cordoba.

Map of the River Cuarto

The River Cuarto flows through the southern centre of the province of Cordoba. The source of this river is located to the east of the Sierras de Cordoba, in its tributary the Sierra de Comechingones.

In its upper course, the River Cuarto is called Río de Las Barrancas, it flows into several streams, the most important of which is Piedras Blancas, and after flowing into the foothills it is called River Cuarto (see River Tigre).

The river leaves the sierras and flows through the plains of the Pampa Húmeda (humid pampas), continuing southeast and reaching a tectonic depression called the Bañados del Saladillo or Loboy. When it leaves the marshes, the river takes the name of Saladillo and continues to the northeast, joining the Tercero River and quickly becoming the Carcarañá River in the town of Saladillo.

With a length of 400 km, the Cuarto River flows from the Sierra de Comechingones into the Paraná River. And it belongs to the hydrographic basin of the River Plata.

The province of Cordoba offers a varied landscape, from wild mountain ranges to plains, ravines with lush vegetation and high pastures, as well as protected areas such as the Quebrada del Condorito National Park.

Economic activity

The importance of the Cuarto River is that it is an important agricultural, commercial, cultural and intellectual centre. One of the places where culture and intellect are given space is the National University, the second to be created in the province of Cordoba. In addition, the city on the River Cuarto has a considerable urban growth, an active night life, without forgetting the preservation of historical buildings. This city is also known as the Empire of the South (see Daugava River).

Soya, maize, wheat and peanuts are the main products, with soya being used mainly for the production of its derivatives. Dairy products and confectionery are also produced in the region.

In terms of manufactured goods, the area produces auto parts, automobiles, parts for agricultural machinery, and construction materials, the most important of which is cement.

Another economic activity is the service sector. There are small and medium-sized enterprises providing services and inputs.


At the foot of the Comechingones Mountains you will find green valleys and rivers that will amaze you with the harmonious fusion of nature and city.

The Province of Cordoba is committed to preserving the environment, which is why it has protected areas. In these areas you will be able to live the experience of sharing with nature just a few minutes away from your home, or if you are a tourist you will not have to travel miles to find yourself in a beautiful landscape.

Some of the places of natural interest are the Paseo Parque Sobremonte, the locality of Alcira Gigena, the Parque Sarmiento, the Lago Dálcar, the locality of Achiras, the Bosque Autóctono El Espinal, the locality of La Cesira, the Reserva Natural de Fauna La Felipa, the Parque Ecológico Urbano and the locality of Las Albahacas.

Some of the activities you can do in River Cuarto are walking, horse riding, 4×4 excursions, cycling, photographing the beautiful landscapes, admiring the birds and flora, climbing hills and bathing in its waters (see River Ega).

If you want to know more about the history of the place, there are historical tours. You can visit the Regional Historical Museum or the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts. While you are in town, you can enjoy a good meal in one of the many restaurants or have a good time in one of the bars.

Pollution of the Cuarto River

In March 2019, an environmental injunction was filed to prevent raw, untreated sewage from being dumped into the river. For this reason, the court ordered the municipality of River Cuarto to put the plant in charge of treating this waste in good condition so that it can meet the necessary demand. According to records, these liquids represent 60% of the waste entering the treatment plant.

Cuarto River Climate

The predominant type of climate in the province of Cordoba is temperate, with four seasons. It can be said that the climate of River Cuarto is pampean, its winters are not very rainy and not very cold; while the summer is humid, the nights are cool and there are days when it is very hot.

It is rare for winds to come from the east or west, and when they do, they are not very strong and do not last long.

In spring, the wind blows strongly from the north and north-east, while a cyclonic low pressure centre develops on the polar front.

In summer, thunderstorms and sometimes hail are possible.

Autumn arrives in March and winter with its first frosts in May. There are times when winters are very dry due to wind patterns.

River Cuarto Temperature

The average annual temperature is 18°C. The maximum temperature is 31°C and the minimum is 17°C. January is the hottest month of the austral summer, while July is the coldest, with a maximum of 19°C and a minimum of 4°C. As a result of the zonda wind, there are days in winter that can be less cold.

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