With a maximum of 14 people, this tour provides a small-group experience.
- Full-day tour of Andes sites from Mendoza
- Travel along Argentina’s Route 7, part of the Pan-American Highway
- Visit the villages of Potrerillos and Uspallata, and enjoy gorgeous views of the Andes
- See stunning natural sights like the Puente del Inca, a rock bridge over the Vacas River
- Marvel at the peak of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas
- Enjoy comfortable transport by air-conditioned coach and learn about the region from your knowledgeable guide
- Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience
Recent Photos of this Tour
Aconcagua southside- tallest ...Photo by: Alessia A
USA, 12 2012
Up the ski liftPhoto by: Guy W
Tour at Puente del IncaPhoto by: Cristina S
Puente del IncaPhoto by: Cristina S
Las Cuevas railroad stopPhoto by: Cristina S
AconcaguaPhoto by: Cristina S
Picheuta BridgePhoto by: Cristina S
Puente de IncaPhoto by: Alessia A
USA, 12 2012
What You Can Expect
Gaze out the window and watch the landscape change from urban sprawl to rolling vineyards to mountain peaks as you make your way along the highway, stopping at several points of interest. Stop first in Potrerillos, on the dammed lake of Embalse de Potrerillos. Here you can stretch your legs, grab some breakfast or a snack if you wish (own expense) and admire the snow-capped mountaintops you’re nearing!
Your next stop is Uspallata, a small mountain town that boasts more scenic alpine views. Get something to eat here (own expense) if you didn’t before – or if you’re still hungry! – and get ready to witness the highway scenery become more and more dramatic as you keep going west.
Continue about an hour to Puente del Inca, a natural rock bridge over the Vacas River, a Mendoza River tributary. The natural wonder, once visited by Charles Darwin, makes for some fantastic photos with its swirl of colored rock, so this is a good time to break out the camera! You’ll also visit the small community nearby to have lunch (own expense) and browse some local handmade goods if you’re interested.
Back on the coach, keep heading west toward Las Cuevas, on the border with Chile, and then turn off the highway for Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas at approximately 22,840 feet (6,960 meters). Your driver will take you to a prime lookout location so you can snap photos and enjoy the spectacular view.
Your last point of interest is Picheuta, a site of ruins by the indigenous Huarpe people, who lived in this part of Argentina from the 5th century BC.
The trip back to Mendoza is the same way you came, so relax as you admire the view from the other direction. You’ll be back at your hotel between 6:30 and 7pm.
Excellent trip but upset by driver on three occasions. He had been smoking in the bus when we returned at the Chile/Argentina border and then the lunch stop........when I arrived in the bus at the border he still had a cigarette in his hand!! The third occasion was when he needlessly 'cut up' a small-car driver twice and nearly caused a serious accident. Most of his driving was good except for this serious incident.
Great way to spend the afternoon. Pickup and drop off from hotel. Our tour guide was great--she spoke Spanish as well as English and was easy to understand. Pack layers as it is cold and windy and consider bringing a lunch. The place you stop for lunch is so-s