– Eco-tourism in the Argentine Cuyo –
A experience of contact with the sky
Located below of the Pampean Mountains, bordering in the west with Chile and with the Pampean Plains in the east, between the provinces of La Rioja, San Juan, San Luis and Mendoza. It has plains and mountains that alternate along its territory among which include part of the Andes in the west and a semi-desert plains in the east. The climate varies throughout the year, being cold in winter and hot in summer.
The soil and climate conditions in the Cuyo make difficult to develop the agricultural activity, but this has been increased due to modern irrigation systems, producing here, about 70% of the nation’s wine. Also this area has large reserves of oil.
The Cuyo have some of the most extreme Eco-tourism options:
- The Aconcagua: Located in the province of Mendoza is part of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. With a height of 6,962 meters is the highest mountain in America and a favorite destination for climbers worldwide. Within a preservation structure and eco-tourism, are available various hiking routes and different types of expeditions that include the conquer of its summit.
- Volcan Tupungato: With a height of 6,570 meters, it is one of the highest volcanoes in the world. Its climb include great difficulties mostly in the final stretch due to low temperatures and frost. The mountaineering ascent can be done over the North, South and West roads, having similar characteristics in terms of length and difficulty.
- Las Leñas and Los Penitentes Ski centers: The winter sports lovers, can find in the Argentine Cuyo at the Mendoza province the Las Leñas ski center, which has an excellent snow and slopes for all levels. Los Penitentes, also in the same province is another excellent place to practice this sport as well as many other winter activities.
- Talampaya National Park: Declared a national park in 1975 to preserve the archaeological and paleontological sites, this protected area has a surface of 215,000 hectares and a desert climate. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2000. In the park are offered guided tours, where the tourists can appreciate besides the biodiversity, their archaeological riches.