It had always been a dream of mine to climb this peak, the highest in the Americas standing at 6962m. Unfortunatly, when i arrived to Mendoza (closest big city to the mountain and where most people arrange their climb) it was not climbing season, the park closed (climbing season is from Nov. to Feb.). Still i wouldn´t leave till i got a glimpse of this savage mountain up close and so i took the 4 hour journey from Mendoza to the park and made my way to the view point perched next to a frozen lagoon. The view took my breath away and reasserted the feeling that i would someday be back to this place, but keep going just a little further...to the summit!
Andes are always magnificent, but in summertime, when snow has melted, you can see all the colours of the rocks... red, green, black, yellow... and find forms and figures on them.
When you cross the Andes from Mendoza to Santiago de Chile, you can enjoy beautiful landscapes; a very special place on the highway is Puente del Inca (Inca's Bridge), an awesome construction.
La Cordillera de Los Andes siempre es magnífica, pero durante el verano, luego del deshielo, todos los colores de las rocas quedan a la vista... rojo, verde, negro, amarillo... Y se pueden buscar figuras y formas en las montañas.
En el cruce de Mendoza a Santiago de Chile, se disfruta de hermosos paisajes; un lugar especial en la ruta en el Puente del Inca, una construcción impresionante.
Mendoza has a very important Aquarium, with lots of different species of fishes, starfishes, snails, turtles, aligators... Just amazing!
From Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 7:00
Mendoza tiene un acuario realmente importante, con gran cantidad de especies de peces, estrellas de mar, caracoles, tortugas marinas, yacarés... ¡Impresionante!
If you are going to Mendoza, you absolutely must go to San Rafael, once there you won´t believe all the activities available...I personally really enjoyed rafting at the 'Atuel River' ($12-45 minutes) and of course para-sailing ($65)on a really windy day. Both activities for the first time in my life, so I´ve got good memories from there. Another interesting thing to do is visiting the vineyards like Bianchi and Suter, they will give you a free tour to show you the process of making wine and champagne, and once in the showroom they will let you taste them, and if you buy there, they give 30% discount...
In San Carlos (south west)there is the Maipo Volcano with a blue lagoon 'Laguna del Diamante' in its base. It's a place of other world, great. But, be careful you can only reach this place durin summer (december, january and february) the rest of the year the snow not allow you to visit it.
A major road between Argentina and Chile runs through Mendoza and the city is a frequent stopover for climbers on their way to climb Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere)