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Hill of the Glory (Cerro de la Gloria)
Inside the General San Martín Park is located the Hill of the Glory ("Cerro de la Gloria") where is placed an enormous sculpture set in tribute to the Andes Army. This monument, created by the Uruguayan sculptor Juan Manuel Ferrari, inaugurated in 1914, stands as a permanent tribute to San Martín and his army of liberation and the magnificient feat, wich turned Argentina, Chile and Peru into free nations.
Dentro del Parque General San Martín se encuentra situado el Cerro de la Gloria donde se puede admirar una enorme escultura en homenaje al ejercito de los Andes. Este monumento, creado por el escultor uruguayo Juan Manuel Ferrari fue inaugurado en 1914 y allí reside como un tributo permanente a San Martín y su ejercito liberador y a la magnífica hazaña que convirtió a Argentina, Chile y Perú y naciones libres
Address: Inside the General San Martin Park
Ruta n° 7
A traditional excursion throughout the year, is start in Mendoza city, going along the Mendoza River, up to the border with Chile. 100 km from the city you can find the Valle de Uspallata, setting of the native Huarpes during pre-Hispanic times.
The tour goes on with a visit to the historical bridge over the Picheuta River, then to Polvaredas and Punta de Vacas.-
General San Martín Park
This park was created 107 years ago covering a surface of more than 400 hectares, with more 50,000 trees and 700 species of which more than 300 are native ones.
Its main access is guarded by two fantastic iron gates brought from Glasgow.
It´s the perfect place to go for a walking, jogging, aerobics and biking.-
El parque fue creado hace 107 años. Tiene una superficie de más de 400 hectáreas, con más de 50.000 árboles y 700 especies de las cuáles más de 300 son autóctonas.-
Su entrada principal está protegida por dos fantásticas puertas traídas de Glasgow, Escocia.-
Es el lugar perfecto para una caminata, para ir a correr, hacer aeróbics y andar en bicicleta.
Address: At the end of E. Civit Ave.-
I´m totally agree with my VT friend Andrea (andal13), Plaza España - with tiled benches, murals - even small tiles set into the ground at regular intervals, is, the most beautiful park in the city .-
Address: España Av., 9 de Julio, San Lorenzo and Montevideo
The Grape Harvest Festival
The Grape Harvest is the biggest popular festival of Mendoza. It consists of a series of cultural and artistic activities. During the vintage, the province lights up and celebrates the end of a working year in the vineyards. The festival takes place on the first Saturday of March but the celebration really starts in mid January with different music and folk festivals with typical meals, sports and gaucho skills demonstrations. In the Vintage celebrated in each department of the province, a representative is chosen to participate in the Central Festival and to compete for the crown of the National Queen of the Vintage. There are parades in carts and carriages that date back to colonial times, old cars, loaded mules, gauchos on horse, musicians and actors. The festival finishes with fireworks at the foot of the Cerro de la Gloria and 600 people on stage. The celebration finishes in early April.
From Punta de Vacas you get to Penitentes. The Penitentes is an important ski center. Its name due to the irregular formations that nature carved in the mountains, where it is possible to imagine the shape of a beautiful cathedral with a group of monks praying at its foot.
Opened from June to August. The rest of the year it is an excellent place to practice adventure sports.-
Address: 160 kms. from Mendoza city
Potrerillos is a village that is located in a valley of colourful hills that contrast with the green oases that border the crystal clear lakes.
There, you can enjoy the practice of rafting, riding , trekking and mountain bike. -
Directions: about 40 Km (27miles) from Mendoza City.
Lying 51 km. to the north of Mendoza city, in an enclosed area of 72,000 hectareas, you can find Villavicencio, which offers its termal waters. Located in an ecologically preserved area, the Villavicencio spa is the most widely known picture appearing on Mendoza´s postcard. It´s situated on the primitive international road to Chile. The treasure of the place is its mineral water spring, situated at an elevation of 1,750 m. Above sea level, and recommended to improve life quality for its ability to replace the liquids and the mineral used up by the body after intensive physical effort.-
The way of the 365 curves
You should enjoy this tour. Leaving the city of Mendoza, the city of Las Heras is crossed until arriving at the monument to Canota, where the San Martin (Argentina's Independence Hero ) troops divided, its columns for the crossing to Chile. More ahead it's located Villavicencio with a modern mineral water plant and an old hotel. The old way of the 365 curves or the snails as it is usually called leading to Chile begins there . After a pronounced ascent, it is arrived at the highest point: the Cross of Paramillo ( "Cruz de Paramillo") at 3,000 meters above the sea level . Next, the way descends to the Uspallata valley , arriving at the village after 30 kilometers of travel . In the passage is found the Tunduqueral hill (at 7 kms. of Uspallata), with rupestrian paintings 1,000 years old belonging to the Huarpes Indians who inhabited this zone considered sacred where they used to carry out their religious ceremonies. By the same way there is a reserve of petrified Araucarias, of around 200 years of antiquity, discovered by the English naturalist Charles Darwin
Nieto Senetiner Winery
Mendoza is a viticulturist zone per excellence. It has numerous wineries for the production of fine wines of the highest quality that are exported to the whole world.
In the Mendoza region the most widely produced varieties are malbec, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and barbera among the reds, and chardonnay, riesling and chablis among the whites.-
You can visit a lot of these wineries and try its wines.-
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