"In San Rafael, there´s a big..." Mendoza Local Custom Tip by Erika_Reese

Mendoza Local Customs: 20 reviews and 32 photos


<font color='mediumblue' face=arial size=2,5><b>In San Rafael, there´s a big Museum, in there you will find information about the flora, fauna and the type of precious stones of that region, but besides all this, you will see some rests of the plane chartered by the Uruguayan rugby team that crashed into the snow-covered Andes. As you may know many passengers were killed, but several people survived. They only had rations for a short time. When they learned through their transistor radio that the search effort for their plane had been aborted, two team members tried to cross the Andes in search of civilization. A young medical student warned them that if they wanted to survive until help arrived they must eat the flesh of their dead compatriots. When the trekkers who succeeded in reaching Chile returned with help some time later, 16 had been kept alive through cannibalism, and 29 had died from the accident, the avalanche, and the cruelty of the weather. That´s the synopsis of the film 'Alive' wich I saw a long time ago, and for me to see the battery and other parts of the plane really made me feel strange. From San Rafael, there´s an excursion, a 3-day horse ride to the 'Tears Glaciar' and it cost is U$D 300 each. Actually, one of the survivors is doing that expedition with American contingents...</b></font>

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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