This picture was taken in June 2002 which is winter in Argentina. This is what the landscape looks like. Its a very dry area and its the ultimate topography for grape growing for the wine industry . This was on the way to the park in the Ullum Valley.
One thing I really enjoyed about the Ullum Valley is the grilling steaks out in the open the Argentine way. Argentine beef is excellent and very inexpensive. That day we drank great wine from this region and ate lots of steak.
The valley of Ullum is about 15 miles west from the center of the city of San Juan. Its at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Here you can get as close to nature as possible. One can find many camping sites and and hiking paths. This picture is taken from the center of a lake that in the Argentine winter dries up. Here in the center of this place I discoverd complete silence in the middle of the outdoors. I also was lucky to witness wild horses calloping in the wilderness. One of the most beautiful places I've seen.
The Valley of the Moon or El Valle de La Luna is outside of the city of San Juan about 2 hours away. This far out place makes you feel like you are somewhere in the Moon or in Mars...
The Cuyo region consists of the Andean provinces of Mendoza and San
Juan, and adjacent San Luis. The area retains a strong regional identity,
with a unique mestizo population reflecting the influence of neighboring
Chile. An important agricultural region, particularly famous for its grapes
and wine, it lies in the shadow of the massive Andes and is visited for its
many sporting and recreational activities, such as climbing and trekking.
Wineries, hidden mountain villages and the centers of Mendoza and San
Juan are other attractions.
This place is a very arid dry desert national park. It almost has a moonlike feel to the atmosphere.
- Mountain Climbing
This is the river or rio San Juan this picture was taken about 45 minutes outside the city of San Juan.
If you have a chance try to go out of the city or go on a tour to any of the winery outside of San Juan.