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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  • A fascinating place is in a wild and natural environment that contrasts with the vastness of the mountain.
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  • the place is beautiful, an entry for being private land should be paid, but it is worth knowing what
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  • Lagoon in the middle of the mountains with a breathtaking color! It also has a small Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes.
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As the center of Argentina's wine industry, Mendoza offers plenty of conventional hostel and hotel options, as well as a good selection of short-term apartments for rent. Visitors taking language courses or spending several weeks on the wine route usually snatch these early in the tourist season (which lasts from mid-December to late-February), so it's a good idea to do some research and contact the owners before you arrive. Keep in mind that some of the town's hostels only offer beds to guests signed up for their wine tours.
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