The Cuyo is a vast region that includes the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja and San Luis. It is a region of Argentina that I like a lot for its pleasant climate throughout the year, very friendly people, and beautiful locations and like in France its wines and vineyards never fail to please me!
Mendoza is now one of the most important cities in the country, with more than 800 000 inhabitants. Located in the centre of a territory that has suffered from earthquakes in the past, it has unfortunately been unable to keep anything from its colonial architecture. However, it is a very nice city, with wide avenues full of trees and beautiful places.
It is in the province of Mendoza that the majority of Argentinean wines are produced. Indeed, a visit to the wineries can be a reason on its own for exploring the region. San Juan, the neighbouring province, also produces very good wine but is not as recognised (wrongly in my view) as Mendoza.
Mendoza is situated in the foot hills of the Andes, at the base of the highest summit not only in the Andes mountain range but in all of South America, Aconcagua.
The surrounding areas of the city of Mendoza are beautiful and you have a sense of being in the “roof” of the world being surrounded by the highest peaks in the great Andes mountain range. Indeed, the movie “Seven Years In Tibet” was filmed there by J Jean Jacques Annaud. Among many options I like to go to the town called Uspallata and the bridge of the Inca, a geological marvel where the river has sculpted a natural salt bridge.
Further north there are two beautiful parks, rarely visited by tourists, named "Ischigualasto" and "Talampaya". These parks were declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO on 11th December 2000, and offer stunning scenery.
The "Talampaya" park presents spectacular geologic formations and in particular, red cliffs. The structure of the landscape is the result of tectonic movements causing the removal of large masses of rock. Then, over millions of years the rocks were subjected to erosion by water and wind; a phenomenon that occurs in desert climates with large temperature variations, very hot during the day and extreme cold at night, and torrential rain and strong winds in the spring.
Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!