AM: After breakfast, you will have a full-day tour (shared service) to the nearby Andes Mountains, where you will enjoy some panoramic views and the impressive Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas. Starting along the Mendoza River, you will be amazed by the view of the majestic Cordon del Plata mountain range, as well as the Potrerillos Dam (a colossal work of hydraulic power engineering), and also by the beautiful Cacheuta Valley.
Our next visit is to Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of aboriginal “Huarpe” people and the most southern point of the former Inca Empire.
We will also pass by the villages of Picheuta, Polvareda, and Punta de Vacas (the access point to Mendoza’s “Los Penitentes” ski resort, which is in operation from June to August).
Further ahead is “Puente del Inca,” where the Las Cuevas River has carved away the mountain to form a natural bridge. You will also be able to appreciate the magnificence of the “Colossus of America”: the 6,959-meter-high Mount Aconcagua.
Following the international route to reach our ultimate destination, we will come to the Horcones Customs Offices; and a few kilometers further on, near the border with Chile, is the scenic village of Las Cuevas, situated at 3,200 meters above sea level.
You will be taken back to your hotel in the afternoon.
Duration: 10 hours (approximately)