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The Atuel Canyon: San Rafael

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Finding myself in Mendoza With my Argentine friends Pablo and Naty, I told them that I had only about 4 or 5 days before crossing the border to Santiago de Chile. At first I planned to go to Salta but when I told them they told me that it was crazy to get 18 hours of bus going - and many others back - to be so few days in a region to which I had to spend much more time.


So I did and paid about 35 pesos for the round trip ticket. I spent the 3-hour journey partly sleeping partly admiring the dryness of the terrain.

During a journey of a couple of hours through the throat, we observe rocks of all possible shapes and colors. The horny of the guide put songs from series of drawings and films to give us clues about the ways that could be appreciated: that if the head of Homer Simpson, that if two lovers giving him a ratchet, that if a Ninja turtle ... etc ... The place leaves a lot Imaginative space.

What I liked the most is the change in tonality from one hill to another. Green, red, gray, brown, blue, and all rocks of different tonal intensities. It is a beautiful show that says that nothing has to envy the famous Hill of Seven Colors that is near Salta. I do not know, because I do not know that one.

We made a brief stop at a stop overlooking big Valley, where a beautiful lake is the jewel of the Crown.

After this they took us to eat something in a hotel near the river, but I recommend that you take - as I did - your own provisions because the place is typical of tourist prices.

An hour later they took us to a company of Rafting for those who wanted to do it. Honestly: do not do it if what you are looking for is emotion because you will be disappointed. It is a very, very lazy rafting. No matter what level they tell you: it is an I-II. If someone has never done it and wants to try, they have their chance because it is not expensive - about 30 pesos - but do not expect much adventure.

Those who did not go rafting lay in the sun talking. Later they took us all to see the great Nihuil dam that complemented the 3 hydroelectric plants we saw during the descent of the canyon before.

The final stop made several of our palate happy. They took us to visit one of the wine cellars in the area. The explanation was not the best but nobody protested when we were given a glass of each kind of wine they had. The glasses of Malbec and Sauvignon passed from hand to hand between exclamations of those present, that although we did not understand much of wines, we made comments from great experts. ¡¡Na, whatever for some wine caps!

The dream wanted to catch us on the way to the hostel but the thing came up when he proposed to make a roast all together. So it was and the 10 of us spent the night talking after a roast of the best meat in the world, to my liking.

One last point regarding accommodation. Those who like camping are better to stay in one of the many campsites that exist in Valle Grande. Apparently the starry nights of the place are really beautiful.

A very valid getaway for those in the area.

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