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Argentina / Mendoza
HIGH MOUNTAIN

Early departure in the morning: bordering the Mendoza River, we will obtain a majestic landscape of the Cordón del Plata, we will see Dique Potrerillos and the beautiful Valle de Cacheuta. We continue to Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of Huarpes aborigines and the southernmost point of the Inca Empire; then we pass through Picheuta, Polvaredas and Punta de Vacas, from where we can access the famous village of Los Penitentes, one of the ski centers of Mendoza (it runs from June to August). If weather conditions permit it, one of the most privileged views of the area can be accessed by chairlift (optional ascent ticket). Later on we will visit Puente del Inca, where Las Cuevas River has pierced the mountain, forming a natural bridge to which hot springs emerge. During this visit you can also appreciate Mount Aconcagua splendor, the highest mountain in America with 6960 m.a.s.l. An unpaved road that starts from the International Route, allows you to go a few kilometers to the beautiful Horcones Lagoon and the Aconcagua Provincial Park. (Access enabled only from November to February, consult). Following the International Route, we find the customs in Horcones and a few kilometers further on, on the border with Chile, Las Cuevas town located at 3200 m.a.s.l. Between Las Cuevas and the international tunnel that leads to Chile, there is a route that, depending on weather conditions, allows you to ascend to Cristo Redentor monument, located at 4200 m.a.s.l. and that symbolizes fraternity between Argentines and Chileans. In the afternoon we return to Mendoza city.

Argentina / Puerto madryn
PUNTA TOMBO

The Protected Natural Area of Punta Tombo hosts every year –between September and April- the largest continental colony in the world of Magellanic Penguins. By the Atlantic Ocean shores, surrounded by farms dedicated to wool production, it is the place penguins choose for their reproduction. In front of the sea, half million penguins protect their nests from depredators, look for food (little fish, anchovies and squids) for their offspring, fill the air with their squawks and paint the landscape in black and white. The best time to observe them is in the morning and at sunset, when it is not so hot and penguins increase their activities. To reach Punta Tombo, it is necessary to drive about 110 miles towards the south from Puerto Madryn. The access route is mostly paved, but there are about 12 miles of gravel at the end of the road. At the entrance, the Centro Tombo provides various rooms where it is possible to learn more about the area's wildlife. Departure from hotel in the morning; we will get into the reserve to walk near the nests. A big group of penguins on the beach can be observed from a cliff. In the afternoon we return and stop in Trelew City ("Lewis town" in welsh language, Lewis Jones was one of the pioneers who came to these distant lands in the late nineteenth century). MEF E. Feruglio Paleontology Museum and visit (optional). Then continue to Gaiman Colony where the exquisite Welsh tea can be tasted (optional). Arrival in Puerto Madryn late in the afternoon. Penguin season: September to April (approximate, depends on the presence of birds)