Ruta CH-60, Los Andes

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  • Radiant Dawn, day of return to Santiago. In the retina and in the mind, a symbiosis of beautiful images and memories after two days dedicated to the main tourist attractions and wineries of Mendoza (view on Google, previous reporting-Mendoza: wine, history, tourism and curiosities). Already shipped in a rented van, in the distance the majestic views of the towering cerro Tupungato. The inactive volcano Tupungato, "window" in the etymology huarpe, with their 6,565 m is the second highest of the Andean mountain range. The vineyards that are lost in infinity, by alternating rows of olives (Yes, it produces excellent olive oil) and poplars, abundance of multicolored roses, eternal snows, deserts, ski resorts especially Las Lenãs and Los Penitentes, challenging for the mountains " andinistas ", water sports, rafting, trekking, fishing, and the best wines in the world, what would be missing? Lack time to enjoy so many beauties and synergy. The dear reader, I suggest that sacrifice that is necessary to devote a day, preferably in rental car, making the route of Mendoza to Santiago. Are 355 km, crossing the Andes, with a dozen stops mandatory. However, careful, in the winter this is a dangerous road due to blizzards, which promote bans. The road from Los Caracoles-classified by tourist guides as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world – is the road that crosses the Andes, of Mendoza to Santiago. The signs in good part a is called Ruta 7, this being an Argentine national route from Buenos Aires, Mendoza and ends in Argentina/Chile border (where the Aduana), the small distance of Portillo, larger icon as ski resort in South America. Along the way, there are about 14 tunnels, some tiny and the longest with 3 km long. The road from Los Caracoles was inaugurated in 1982 and in good part of the way one can see the railway TRANS-Andes Highway, with construction beginning in 1820, a huge engineering challenge of the season, but disabled in 1984. Another bucolic company is the Rio Mendoza, dark waters due to sediments. A 7-year-old niece who accompanied us in the van caused laughter when dazzled, candidly exclaimed: "Look down there, a river of chocolate". We set off from Mendoza towards Santiago, at 6:00 in the morning, 8 people in a family van Sprinter. We hired a driver for 12:00, so we could enjoy one of the most lush roads on the planet – the Ruta 7-, and so aim to get photos in las class under approximately a dozen stops, to which we report below: Potrerillos, is destination of families mendoncinas for great summer for the practice of rafting, trekking, abseiling, zip lining, horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing. The beautiful Lake-actually a dam – whose water comes from melting the mountains and powered by the iconic Rio Mendoza. The driver-friendly speaker – Argentinean swears have caught a trout of 5 kg. Uspallata-"Valley of the alpacas", in the language – historical and huarpe are economically important. There the General San Martin encamped and trained the army before the epopeica crossing of the Andes. San Martín, great military strategist, understands that Argentina's independence, proclaimed in 1816, would be precarious, if the Spanish were still dominating its neighbours. Thus, conceives a plan to liberate Chile and Peru. In January 1817, he crossed the Andes and heroically by joining the Chilean army of Bernardo Higgins, surprise ´ and beat the Spaniards in two significant battles (Chacabuco and Maipú). Consolidated the Chilean independence, for two more years, San Martín prepares the fleet that will lead the troops to Peru, and in 1821 takes the capital Lima and becomes the first President. In 1822, quarreled with Bolívar, who was marching from Ecuador to the South, part to the self-imposed exile to Brussels and then Paris, where he died. Who else stopped by. No one else, none other than Charles Darwin, in 1835, with only 26 years, riding mules, by different paths, collecting including shells in the Andes mountains. Did return to Mendoza, Valparaíso having anchored your small ship Beagle in this charming town. I almost died, staying a month in bed, feverish and strong frame your stomach pain and these followed him all his life, especially before the stress of publishing on the origin of species. A newspaper at the time santiaguino stated: "El viaje ha mucho a mi conocimento aggregate". Uspallata is full of poplars and big producer of papas (potatoes). The poplars were planted to protect the plantations and the houses of the strong winds, denominated zonda. For your resemblance to Central Asia, this was the scene of Seven years in Tibet, with Brad Pitt, filmed in 1997. Los Penitentes, with 28 ski slopes and snowboarding, takes its name because on top of one of the mountains may be seen a rock formation that looks like a pilgrimage of dozens of monks (penitents), walking towards the other, rock formation that looks like a cathedral. Up ahead, the alert driver Park the van and starts shouting: "El condor, el condor"-pointing to the sky. That stunning landscape we were graced with not one, but two – probably a couple – of condors. Before you write these unpretentious lines, put in my unit the song El Condor Pasa (on You Tube), recorder, a haze to the ears and to the heart. Curious, do a quick search on Dr. Google. Black in colour, with a white neck collar, feed on birds and animals alive, but are also saprófagos, i.e. eat rotting animals too. Is bird symbol of Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia, and integrates their coats. It is threatened with extinction, has a wingspan of 3, 2 m and comes flying 300 km in one day. The female nests in the higher ridges of the mountains and put a egg a year, exceptionally two. And here nature is manifested with their singularities: when two cubs are born, fight each other, until a knock each other out of the nest, under the gaze of complacent mother. CEMENTERIO de los Andinistas, approximately a hundred climbers-ops, various nationalities – andinistas, including Brazilians, have lost their lives while climbing the mountains of the region. The tombs are rustic, and there are graves with father, mother and son. It appears that after his son's death, parents have expressed a desire to be buried next to your offspring, in that silent and Mystic Valley. Puente del Inca, a natural bridge of 50 m long and 20 m wide, 15 m height of the blade of the river Las Cuevas, from ...
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  • Incredible views of the mountains, recommended for all those who do not know it, hurts the little that we import it the Government would have to put more staff at checkpoints so don't waste hours and hours of our lives to be able to cross.
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  • Beautiful Chilean road, with good traffic of cars and trucks, but until that peaceful, to travel with calm and attention. A great adventure and unique experience. Through the mountain ranges of the Andes this highway has spectacular views, beautiful landscapes, the curves of the Los Caracoles (or Cuesta Juncal), the ski resort of Portillo, to finish in the Cristo Redentor international Tunnel of 3.08 km long, and continue in Argentina as national route 7 leading to Mendoza (joining also the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Mendoza, San Luis as well). Porto is the beautiful view, and the weak point is the delay in customs and the few places. Highway closure may also occur during the winter. Recommend the experience.
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