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The Condor: Animal and Monument

It is one of the gateway to the province of Mendoza. Monument that worships the mother bird of the Cordillera
El cóndor: animal y monumento
| 08 November, 2019 |

The condor is a bird that inhabits high above a thousand meters above sea level. Its average size is 1.40 m to 2.80 m. It is a typical animal of the Andean region of South America. That is why it is very likely to see it fly between the peaks of the Cordillera de Los Andes that are part of the western part of our province. For this reason, those who have not faced Route 7 in the direction of high mountainshave never been delighted with this image. However, since 1958, these can be satisfied with the monument to the condor located at the intersections of the east access and south access in Guaymallén, Mendoza.

We Mendoza worship this work. It’s just that it has multiple functions. It is a milestone to indicate a path or to give coordinates. It is also the protagonist of repeated accidents where truck loads fall because many do not know the maneuver, and end up overturning due to how closed the curve around the monument is. It is a tourist element because many times visitors stop in the area to take pictures and contemplate the surroundings.

It is also worth clarifying that it is not a roundabout. And it is that many times we Mendoza refer to the monument as “the roundabout of the condor.” And the truth is, it has nothing to do with a roundabout. It’s just the union of two very important highways in our province, but not in roundabout quality, although yes, as explained above, are drawn sharp and dangerous bends with which you have to be careful.

El cóndor: animal y monumento

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On March 1, 1958 , what is now understood as the foundation of the monument was inaugurated. This one has a condor shape, but “abstract”. Later, a plaster figure was commissioned in the form of this bird, but to place it at the entrance of another beautiful town of Mendoza, Villavicencio. The work was built, but it was never placed at its destination and was kept for several years.


was already in 1977 that work was used. The authorities wanted to give this abstract base a more concrete and natural shape and used that figure of plaster to finish decorating the work, as it is currently seen. However, in terms of aesthetics, the monument to the condor has undergone multiple restorations. In 1979 he suffered the loss of his head, which was quickly replenished. In 1997 the work was completely renovated. From 2005 to 2014 the condor wore boravine and gold color. And already in 2017 the last great restoration of the monument was carried out.

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