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    Villavicencio - home of the famous water

    by Trekki Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Villavicencio

    Favorite thing: Villavicencio, some 50-60 km north of Mendoza, has been a Thermal Spring Hotel in the past. The building is still visible, and you can have some rest in the beautiful gardens.
    A bit off this place is the mineral water facility "Villavicencio", whose bottles you find in the supermarkets, with gas or without gas.

    Fondest memory: On the picture, you can get a slight glimpse of the road, which leads higher up to the Cruz de Paramillos - 3000 m high view point of the cordillera.
    The road is called Camino de Caracol (snail road), and it needs at least a 2x4 car.

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    Ruta 7 - the best way to see the Andes

    by Trekki Written Apr 9, 2005

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    Mendoza's greater Andes region

    Favorite thing: Mendoza's situation just close to the highest Andes region is ideal to start explorations of this gorgeous mountains.

    You can do it either on your own, renting a car, or you do it organized, with one of the numerous agencies in Mendoza, which take you on this day trip to the Chile border and show you all the attractions on it's way - Los Penitentes (ski area), Puente del Inca (the famous old thermal spring and hotel), and finally the Cristo monument high on 3800 m.

    On the way, they also stop to let you get a glimpse on Aconcagua - the highest mountain peak outside of Himalaya - 6959 m.

    Fondest memory: The map shows you the location of Mendoza, and the most significant attractions on the way of ruta 7 to the border of Chile

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    Magnificent views of the Andes

    by Trekki Written Apr 9, 2005

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    Map of Mendoza's close Andes region

    Favorite thing: Whenever you have the possibility to visit Mendoza by car, or rent a car, you should do the "circle" around Mendoza - as this gives you a fantastic view of the Andes and brings you to all the hidden beauties of the area.

    The best is to drive north through Las Heras, then to Villavicencio ("home" of the natural water), then westwards along a gravel road which winds up high into the Precordillera. Along you pass a gigantic gorge, victim of earth's geological activity, some abandoned towns (mineries) - until you finally reach an altitude of approx. 3200 m - giving you a prime view of the mountain range.
    You drive down to Uspallata, can enjoy it's numerous restaurants and the specialities of the region and drive back to Mendoza via Ruta 7 (the connection between Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires), passing the Potrerillos lake.

    Fondest memory: Please see the map - it shows the route

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    Parque General San Martín

    by andal13 Updated Jul 20, 2003

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    Parque San Mart��n

    Favorite thing: This park is a beautiful and green place at South Mendoza; there are many interesting points in or near there: the zoo, the summer theatre, the Malvinas Argentinas soccer stadium. And there, you can take and open bus and go to the top of Cerro de la Gloria, where is a magnificent monument to General San Martín's gest, built by Uruguayan sculptor Ferrari.
    (This monument is an allegory, and it is better if a guide explains its meaning.)
    From the top of Cerro de la Gloria, you will enjoy a beautiful sight of Mendoza.

    Este parque es un hermoso espacio verde situado al sur de Mendoza; hay varios puntos de interés en él o en sus alrededores: el zoológico, el teatro de verano, el estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Allí se puede tomar un bus abierto y subir hasta la cima del Cerro de la Gloria, en donde se encuentra el magnífico monumento a la gesta del General San Martín, creado por el escultor uruguayo Ferrari. Este monumento es una alegoría, y es mejor si un guía explica su significado. Desde el Cerro de la Gloria, se disfruta de una hermosa vista de Mendoza.

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    The city centre

    by Bjorgvin Updated Sep 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Walking around the city centre. Mendoza is a lovely place, very clean and relatively quiet city. Downtown is largely a pedestrian zone, where the Paseo Sarmiento is the busiest street. The city has five squares in the middle of the city, the large Plaza Independencia is in the middle but the smaller are Plaza Chile, Plaza San Martín, Plaza Italia and Plaza Espana. Those squares are beautifully decorated with monuments recalling episodes in the history of the city. The Andes mountain ranges can be seen in the distance from many parts of the city.

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    Parque Gral. San Martín

    by Bjorgvin Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the 'Parque Gral. San Martín'. This lovely recreation and entertainment park west of the city is dedicated to general San Martín. A beautiful lake with an old paddleboat on it, a rose garden, a soccer stadium etc. Approx. 800 acres in size.

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    Reach the Aconcagua, is the...

    by Erika_Reese Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Reach the Aconcagua, is the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere, located in western Argentina, near the Chile border. Aconcagua is a gigantic mass of rock, not picturesque in the traditional Alpine sense, but magnificent by its size.
    Three of the mountainous giants of southern America stands out in this central zone of the mountain range, located in the Argentine cities of San Juan and Mendoza. They are: the Mercedario (6.670 mtrs.), the Aconcagua (6.960 mtrs.) and the Volcan Tupungato (6.650 mtrs.)
    Though the mountain's summit crest and radiating ridges are largely windswept free of snow, large glaciers fill the valleys on all but the southern and western flanks. Some climbing routes are relatively straightforward hikes to the top, but this is the very reason that Aconcagua has one of the highest mountain death tolls in the world: It is a popular mountain, and many of its climbers tend to move too swiftly up the mountain, with little respect for the elevation or the weather, which on Aconcagua can quickly become severe.

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  • Drive up the big hill on the...

    by Pasquali Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Drive up the big hill on the outskirts of the city. It's a dirt 4WD track but definitely worth the ride. The view up there is beautiful.

    Fondest memory: Wineries, people, ambience....and the Andes always close by..
    The drive through the Andes from Chile...breathaking, close to a dream.

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    Plaza Independencia and its handcrafted vendors

    by EmilianoCV Written Apr 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Visit Plaza Independencia (in the heart of the city) and you will find beautiful local handcrafted design and souvenirs.

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    Plaza España and its "Azulejos"

    by EmilianoCV Written Nov 7, 2006

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    Katharina visiting Mendoza (2003)
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    Favorite thing: Enjoy the wonderful azulejos and the quiet siesta time of this colonial style Plaza España in downtown Mendoza.

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    Fortín de Picheuta - (part2)

    by Trekki Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Picheuta river

    Fondest memory: This is a view from Picheuta river to the southeast - and the color of the mountains is quite different from the other view to the northwest :-)

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    Nice Breakfasts in Mendoza city

    by Dicomo Written Apr 25, 2004
    Ale Rodriguez wainting for me to have breakfast

    Favorite thing: Having long breakfasts with friends, grapes, oranges, eggs, tortitas and all the traditional mendocinian stuff.

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    Paul and I waiting for the bus

    by sof76 Written Jan 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Here is my friend Paul (from Virtualtourist) who took me to Mendoza, we were waiting a bus that goes arround Mendoza. A nice experience!

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    Water channels

    by omar_samra Written Sep 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing: There is tons of those all around the city. Mendoza is a semi desert climate and this is how the city is so green. It recieves very little rain every year!!

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    The ditches (Acequias)

    by pili Written Jun 24, 2003

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    The ditches

    Favorite thing: Mendoza has lot of ditches running along the sides of the city's streets, carrying the water necessary for the life of trees and parks.-
    Take care, because some of them are very deep.-

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