Laguna de la Nina Encantada, Mendoza

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Keep an eye out for natural (and supernatural) activity at Laguna de la Nina Encantada, where extinct volcanic lava rises over the lake's calm blue surface. The lush microclimate here includes abundant flowers and birds nesting in the rock walls' holes. Walk, bike, or drive along the lake to take in the vivid colors and peaceful scenery. Many believe that the sapphire lake is haunted by the ghost of an indigenous princess who drowned in the icy water with her lover many centuries ago. According to legend, the princess Elcha was due to marry a Pehuenche prince, but instead fell for a common man. She and her lover fled their families and, in their haste, tumbled into the freezing pit. On a moonlit night, you might just catch a glimpse of Elcha as she comes out in search of her long-lost love. Use our Mendoza trip itinerary planning website to visit Laguna de la Nina Encantada on your trip to Mendoza, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • September 6, 2017
    Very beautiful place, in the mountains of the Andes, path in good condition. We have several points to visit, such as La Laguna de la Niña Encantada, the Pozo de las Animas, near there, we have the sky of Las Leñas Centre and the thermal baths of Lahuen-Co. It's to "base" in the Dept. of Malargüe. You can also visit the castles of Pincheira, Laguna de Llancanelo. There are also several "houses" offering a local gastronomic delicacy, which are the goat.
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  • September 4, 2017
    Beautiful place, to enjoy the nature in the middle of the mountain. The view is beautiful and accessible entry $50 per person and the boys do not pay. Worth a visit, it is worthwhile to take a detour on your way to las Leñas.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Escondida Lake in the mountains just before arriving at the Centre de ski Las Lenas, its history is very cute. The entrance is a little face that the complex is small and does not offer many things, but is nice to know
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