There is a day tour from Mendoza called Alta Montana tour, it's a nice way of visiting the Andes, very safe, nice people,lunch, some women alone. Or you can take the regular bus,stop in Aconcagua park ,come back in the same day or stay in a hosteria in Puente del Inca if you like hiking ( for me the best option)
Forming a spectacular backdrop to Mendoza, the Andes are always in view here and sooner or later you're bound to feel them pull you away from the vines and the wine that were probably the reason you chose to come here. Serious hikers and climbers will of course know that Mendoza is the stepping off point to the Alta Montana, the highest stretch of the Andes here in Argentina, but I'm just a sightseer so I'll leave advice about the seriously active stuff to others such as Trekki who really knows the ins and outs (or should that be ups and downs?) of Mendoza's outdoor activities. You don't have to get out the hiking boots to experience these mountains though - a day spent driving the Ruta Alta Montana (RN-7) is a fantastic way to spend one of your days here. Whether you hire a car (as we did) or take a tour, the road up, and up, to Los Penitentes, and on to Puente del Inca, will be one of the highlights of your time in Argentina.
Fantastic scenery changing at every twist and turn in the road, extraordinary colours in the rock, ski resort villages, a wide and fertile valley, the Rio Mendoza, the first glimpse of Acongagua, strange tattered shrines, the skeleton of a railway line and, always the mountains. It's wonderful.
This is the original flag that was taken by San Martin's army when he crossed the Andes. It was hand-embroidered by the patricias mendocinas and the religious of the Company of Mary. The flag is now kept and shown at the Casa de Gobierno.
Try to be early there, because they show it until 12.20 pm
Located on the top of Cerro de la Gloria (Glory Hill) in Parque General San Martin is an impressive monument to Jose de San Martin, an Argentine hero of South America's liberation from Spanish rule.
This monument, designed by Uruguayan Juan Ferrary and built between 1909-14, consists of a huge stone base with various bronze figures attached at strategic locations. There are several friezes around it's lower level depicting various stages in the journey of San Martin's 'Army of the Andes' as it crossed over into Chile in 1817 to liberate that country from Spain. Surmounting everything is a large figure holding aloft broken chains, signifying the break from Spain. In a way, the scenes displayed on the monument reminded us of the Voortrekker Monument outside Pretoria, commemorating the tribulations of the early Dutch settlers in South Africa.
The winding road that leads to this high elevation in the park also offers some nice views out over Mendoza.
Mendoza's proximity to the Andes provides for some excellent opportunities to go up the mountains and if you want to cross into Chile. If you leave early, the sunrise over the Pre-cordillera is spectular. If you continue your way towards Chile, you will also stop at Los Penitentes, a decent place for snowboarding, if you happen to be in Mendoza during wintertime.
A traditional excursion throughout the year, is start in Mendoza city, going along the Mendoza River, up to the border with Chile. 100 km from the city you can find the Valle de Uspallata, setting of the native Huarpes during pre-Hispanic times.
The tour goes on with a visit to the historical bridge over the Picheuta River, then to Polvaredas and Punta de Vacas.-
Then, you can find a natural viewpoint allows you to aprreciate the magnificient Aconcagua. It is the highest summit in America, with 6962 meters and entirely in Argentine territory. Its name in Quechua means Sentry of Stone (Centinela de Piedra). In the gulch of Los Horcones, base of the mountain, expeditions from all over the world meet. It is not an easy mountain. The official season of ascension is between November and March.
Ascension: permission for 20 days, 80 to 120 $, according to the season.
Long Trekking: permission for 7 days, 30 to 40 $, according to the season.
Short Trekking: permission for 3 days 15 to 20 $, according to the season.
The Provincial Park Aconcagua has during its official season a park keeper, information, bathrooms in Plaza de Mulas and free doctor's service in Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina
The picture I can show is a postcard, because when I was there, the weather was terrible and I couldn´t see the Aconcagua. Sorry, for that.-
This is a natural stone bridge with water seeping through its cracks and crevices. It is situated 180 km. from the capital city; also in Luján de Cuyo country; at an elevation of 2,727 m. above sea level. Its water have healing effects for diseases such a gout, rheumatism, dermatitis and syphilis.
In the area can be seen also the ruins of the hotel Termas del Inca, built under the bridge in 1905 and razed by an avalanche in 1961.
This center is at present only exploited as a tourist attraction for its magnificient combination of colored stone and thermal waters.-
Mt. Aconcagua, located within the Aconcagua National Park, is regarded as the highest summit in the Western hemisphere, 6960m above sea level. It lies in the Central Andes mountain range, the peak being in Mendoza province. The summit was first reached in 1897. Puente del Inca near the Chilean border is a starting point for those who want to climb the mountain. Puente del Inca (bridge of the Inca) is a natural stone bridge over the River Mendoza. The ruins in the picture are not the ruins of the Incas, but of a hotel built here in the early part of the 20th century. A huge flood destroyed everything years ago.
On the border with Chile we find Las Cuevas (3,200 mts. above sea level), a small village built folowing the European Style.-