Los Penitentes is a ski resort in Mendoza, Argentina about 25 km off Paso de Libertadores, which marks the border between Argentina and Chile, and 180 km from Mendoza Capital City, at the foot of Mount Aconcagua on Ruta 7
This centre has 25 runs of different lengths and drops for beginner, advanced and expert skiers. The season ranges from mid-June to late August. The activities that can be carried out there include ski, snowboarding, and heli-skiing. There is also a number of services available, such as ski school, snow garden, shopping center, restaurants, hostels, hotels, kindergarten, and disco
I didn't go to sky there, i just passed by when i was going to the limit with chile, but i didn't like that the sky resort is beside the route, it looked dangerous to me because a lot of trucks and buses go on this route.
Yes, we have our own canyon and it's located in Mendoza.
The Atuel Canyon is located near San Rafael City in the centre of Mendoza province.
The wind and the rain among the years made really beautifulls sculptures in the Atuel Canyon that even seems like if they were made by hand by an artist.
These natural sculptures bring thousands of tourist everyyear to this place.
There is beautifull sightseeing on top of the canyon when you can see and sculpture called the submarine (it's in my pic)
Las Leñas is one of the largest Andean ski resorts in Argentina.
Las Leñas is located 1,200 km (746 miles) from Buenos Aires, and can be reached by car, bus or aeroplane
The skiing season lasts from mid June to mid October. The centre is also open during the southern hemisphere summer for mountain activities including mountain biking, horse riding, climbing and other activities.
The accommodations available on-site include hotels (mostly up-scale), apartment-hotels and sleep-houses. There is a small shopping centre that includes a bank, ski-related shops, chocolate shops, souvenir shops, and a supermarket. Coffee houses, restaurants, and night clubs complete the commercial offer.
Being far away from large cities, the center is seldom crowded except during weekends, making the lines on the lifts usually shorter than in other ski centers of Argentina, such as Cerro Catedral or Chapelco.
El Verano pasado hice un viaje con algunos amigos a Mendoza.
Un hermoso lugar que no se pueden perder !!!!
Una de las mejores cosas son las actividades de aventura que allí se ofrecen.
Nos contactamos con la agencia Kahuak y nos organizaron todo tipo de alternativas.
Rocio nos atendio de maravilla. Siempre una respuesta a tiempo y sobre todo, muy amable.
Nos reservo el alojamiento y un itinerario re movido.... Terminamos muertos.
Para empezar, nos animamos a hacer parapente !!!
Al principio estaba poco decidida pero despues no me quería bajar.
Gracias Nito por tan lindo vuelo.... El paisaje y la sensación de libertad no lo podre borrar.
Despues hicimos un excelente cabalgata en las montañas.
El gaucho es un personaje increible y "Caru", el guía, una maravilla.
El lugar es super sencillo pero muy lindo, cuidan los animales y el piasaje de las montañas es hermoso.
El rafting fue muy divertido... Los guias tienen mucha onda. Nosotros tomamos la opción de una hora y nos quedamos con ganas del programa largo. Hay uno de tres horas en le agua !!!!
Recomendable si les da el presupuesto.
El último día fuimos a las Bodegas de Chaca de Coria o algo así. El tour lo hicimos en bicicleta.
Ese pueblito es re lindo... Me gustaría vivir allí.
Sin duda el almuerzo fue lo mejor.... Fuimos a una cava de vinos. Sinceramente no puedo describir todo lo que comimos ... El vino es bueno aunque he tomado mejores.
Gracias a los chicos de Kahuak !! Les prometi que los iba a nombrar y recomendar....
La página web es www.kahuak.com.ar
NO SE PIERDAN MENDOZA POR NADA !!!!
VOLVERE MUY PRONTO....
That's the Aconcagua!
the second highest mountain in the world!!!
The origin of the name is contested, it is either from the Arauca Aconca-Hue, which refers to the Aconcagua River and means 'comes from the other side' or the Quechua Ackon Cahuak, meaning 'Sentinel of Stone'.
There is a panoramic place beside the rute where to take pictures!
love this place!!
this place is included in the excursiones options that you can take in "San Rafael"
there is a Camping in this place, so you can go by your own, also there are a lot of beautiful houses with view to the embalse!
Christ the Redeemer of the Andes is a monument high in the Andes at 3,832 metres (12,572 feet) above mean sea level on the border between Argentina and Chile.
It was unveiled on 13 March 1904 as a celebration of the peaceful resolution of the border dispute between the two countries.
The statue is located at the pass of La Cumbre, the highest point on the old road between Mendoza in Argentina and Santiago de Chile.
The nearest major settlements are the Argentine town of Uspallata and Juncal in Chile. The closest village is Las Cuevas.
The road climbs 1km over a sinuous 9km from Las Cuevas to the pass. The road is only accessible in summer months, when there is no snow. Winter temperatures can reach -30°C.
this is one of my favourite places in Mendoza "puente del Inca" , Inca's Bridge! It' s a natural arch that forms a bridge over the Vacas River, a tributary of the Mendoza River.
Scientists speculate that interaction of extreme elements like ice and hot springs was involved in the origin of the formation. They suppose that in ancient times ice covered the river and acted as support for avalanches of snow, dust and rocks. So the dust over the ice over the river would have served as a path for the sulfurous water and petrified the surface, so when the snow melted, the bridge remained by itself.
it's called " puente del inca" because the Inca Civilitation used to pass over this bridge while they were on this area.
In the early twentieth century there was a big Thermal Resort and Spa called "hotel Puente del Inca" that used the hot springs to cure some illnesses.
There was a train station that is still standing there, and tourists arrived by train to the resort. This was one of the last Argentine stations of the Transandine Railway before the train continued into Chile, traveling through a long tunnel under the Andes. (it's no longer in use)
Mendoza -'in the desert'-has a great park very close to the center. It is really big (bigger than Retiro in Madrid, for instance) and at its tip, there is a 300m high hill - El Cerro de la Gloria. So I thought it would be a nice idea to rent a bike and go to the park and up. The climb was supposed to be challenging, but it was not so much, since there are lots of bends and is one way -which makes it also safe (the park is not car-free). At the summit there is a big, pompous monument to the Ejercito de los Andes y San Martin.
The views on the city and the mountains when you climb are gorgeous -I made it in the late afternoon.
I rented the bike in Las Heras street at six and gave it back at half past eight.
The natural bridge and hot springs spa at Puente del Inca were one of the most amazing things that we experienced during our entire 2-week trip to Argentina (see my 'Puente del Inca' page for more photos and details)!
The mineral waters bubbling out of the volcanic grounds here are very rich in sulpher, resulting in a yellowish hue to the deposits that solidify once they reach the surface. Over the ages, a natural bridge was formed by these deposits, today providing an arch 70 feet above the brown and fast-flowing Cuevas River.
A luxury resort hotel was developed at Puente del Inca (in operation from 1925-1965) to allow patrons to enjoy the benefits of the soothing thermal baths, but that all came to a sudden end with an avalanche. Today, the baths are derelict, but it certainly is fun to explore the ruins and walk beneath the natural bridge.
Other than the view itself, the most impressive thing you will see once you reach the continental divide at the top of the Andes at Las Cuevas is the 26-ft tall bronze statue of Cristo Redentor. This remarkable memorial was dedicated in March, 1904 to commemorate the peaceful settlement of a 1902 border dispute between Chile and Argentina. The dispute centred around where the boundary between the two countries would be drawn in the Andes - should it be along the highest geographical point or along the watershed dividing the Pacific from the Atlantic?
Since both nations are predominantly Roman Catholic in religion, both governments were finally convinced by Pope Leo XIII to submit their dispute for arbitration, with King Edward VII of England and the American Ambassador deciding the outcome. Both governments agreed with the eventual decision, thus averting a potential war.
Cristo Redentor was created from melted-down cannons and has an inscription on it which reads: "Sooner shall these mountains crumble into dust than the people of Argentina and Chile break the peace which they have sworn to maintain at the foot of Christ the Redeemer".
Just the ride up Route Nacional 7 into the Andes is a 'must see' activity in itself. As the road twists and turns beside first the Mendoza and then the Cuevas Rivers, there is constantly something new to be seen.
The rivers have carved out quite a path for themselves and the old railroad tracks and associated bridges and tunnels which switch back and forth from one side to the other. Often there is evidence of the damage done by nature to the railroad facilities, which have not been used for 23 years.
Then, the ever-changing shapes and colours of the stark mountains is something else to enjoy. One of the best parts for me happened as we neared the highest elevations of our trip. Sue and I were seated up front with a good view out the windshield (which is how I took this photo) as the tour Operators stood there facing us (and partially blocking the view) as they narrated the passing attractions and scenery. I was simply looking dead ahead and not paying much attention to them when I saw a seemingly motionless shape coming down the highway at us. It had a bright white head and huge un-moving outstretched wings. As it continued to glide closer I suddenly shouted 'Condor' and pointed out the windshield as the guides finally stopped talking and everyone in the bus sat up and took notice. At the last second, it veered aside and that ended our only Condor sighting of the trip!
One of the most amazing sights that I have seen in my world travels is the natural stone bridge at Puente del Inca. This 90-foot wide and 70-foot long structure spans the Cuevas River, allowing access to the unique thermal hot springs on the opposite side of the river.
We had a fantastic 45-minute stop to sample the delights of the hot thermal waters of the now abandoned spa located here!
There are plenty of nice bodegas to visit in Mendoza. The one we went to is about 10min driving distance outside of the city of Mendoza (in the suburb Maipú). The place, called Bodegas Lopéz, was nice and clean. We got a private tour and tasted some great wine (of course we bought some too). The tour is free, probably because the expect you to buy some wine afterwards.
(also, ask at the Bodega where to eat in Maipú. They directed us to a super nice place close to the bodega, and unfortunately I don't remember the name of it!)
Los Penitentes is a ski resort about 50k from the Chile border, and about 2hrs west of the city of Mendoza. It´s not a super big place, but they have some lifts and a Hostelling International. A one day ski pass costs 59pesos, and you can rent everything you need (around 40pesos). Just check snow avalabitlity if you go (some years they have plenty, some years none). Too little snow, and the lifts are closed, too much snow and most lifts are closed due to avalanch risks...if this is the case,the pass to Chile might be closed as well...so check before hand.
Anyway, I spent a day in Los Penitentes, and had a really good time even though most lifts were closed due to avalanche risk.
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