Witches' cave (caverna de las brujas) is the name of cavern located in the south region of Mendoza Province. Aproximatly 60km south from Malargue city.
The visit to the cavern consist on doing a two hours trekking inside the cavern. There is no light inside, you will have to wear a helmet that has a light on it in order to see where you walk.
The trekking will be guide by a proffesional national guide.
The Witches' Cave is home to many peculiar speleothems (such as stalactites and stalagmites), deep underground water galleries.
You have to get a tour excursion to get to the cave or you can go by car. Anyway my recommendation is to get an excursion because Travel Agencies usually made reservations in the cavern and you might get there and all shifts might be booked.
Since I have discovered Google Earth, I can't imagine having had a life before :-)
It's perfect to describe locations.
In the case of Pozo de las Animas, it's even better to use it, as no camera can get the whole picture as from a satellite view.
El Pozo de las animas (pond of the souls) is situated around 6 km south off the street from Los Molles. It’s 2 gigantic holes, 21 m deep and 265 resp. 300 m of diameter, and said to be the biggest of that kind on our planet.
These holes are not of volcanic origin, but simply of sagging of the land, called “dolina”
The name has been given by the native people ages ago – it is said that the water is tears of the people who buried their dead.
Some miles southwest of San Rafale there is Provincia Mendoza's most famous ski resort Las Lenas.
But not only this.
The drive through this valley is definitely worth a single trip, seeing and experiencing the majestic beauty of this landscape.
On the way to Las Lenas (30 km before passing Las Lenas), there is Laguna de la Nina Encatada.
Of course, it has a mystic story behind, prince and princess could not get together, as a witch was between them. The lovers decided to die in the lagoon.
The laguna has a beautiful brillant green color, you can even dive there - and discover that the story of the princess is true :-).
It has a campground and small restaurant with lovely people as well.
It was quite refreshing to get out of the tour bus and into the warm breezes as we floated up the hill on a silent chair-lift! Wow, the Andes mountains all around us - we know when to appreciate how lucky we are!
After getting off on the first ridge, we were allowed 10 minutes to enjoy the views before heading back down to our waiting transportation. There are several other lifts from the ridge that take skiers higher up the slopes, but that was not for us on this day.
This view on our way back down shows the serrated mountain tops behind the resort, as well as it's complex of accommodations, ski school and restaurants. After all that exertion, the French guys and I managed to find an open cafe that was offering up cans of Andes beer for A$3.50 each (US$1)
Four hours and three stops after we had left Mendoza 100-miles (167-km) behind, and just a few minutes before noon, our tour bus pulled over for another little stop. We were now at Los Penitentes, famous for it's ski resort which boasts 28 runs offering 25 km of ski tracks. The longest trail provides a 7-km run if you can stay upright and the maximum change in elevation at the resort is 614-m.
Of course, being the height of Argentina's summer, there was not a flake of snow in sight (and the guides also said the resort did not open the previous winter due to lack of snow). Nevertheless, this stop offered us the chance for a ride half-way up their slopes (A$10 or US$3.30 each) on one of their ski-lifts! Here we are, enjoying the view back down the Cuevas River valley toward Mendoza (thanks to the photographic efforts of one of the French guys on the tour!).
This is a good hotel, clean, friendly and well located. Staff are helpful.more
Hipolito Yrigoyen 774, San Rafael, 5600, Argentina
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Ruta 7 Km 1141 / 1142, Uspallata, 5545, Argentina
Good for: Families