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All Mendoza went, at least once, to Cerro Arco. To do physical activity, to walk and meet him, to fulfill some promise. We all put it up sometime. Or well, maybe some were left in the attempt.
It is a hill located in the department of Las Heras , 14 kilometers from the City of Mendoza . Therefore, we talk about the nearest hill. In addition, its height is not what stands out. It barely exceeds 1600 meters above sea level. If you want to compare to take dimension, the Aconcagua hill is 6962 meters.
But we're talking about a “familiar” hill, about hobbies. It is not a hill that climb those mountaineers who have more daring aspirations like the aforementioned Aconcagua or some summit above 4 thousand meters. Not for nothing.
It is a hill whose summit is accessed by walking. And it is even suitable for all ages, provided that you have a physical state, at least, acceptable. The path , artificially drawn, stretches from the base to the top for 4.5 kilometers . With an altitude difference of 580 meters. So it can be said that it is a medium-low difficulty activity. Although, in some sectors, the road becomes very steep.
It is very common to see teams of any sport in Mendoza performing the tuning in the physical. We also stumbled upon mountain runners or trail bikers practicing for some competition. However, as explained, the hill is also frequented by children, pregnant women and older adults. Even, many ascend with their pets .
From the top of Cerro Arce you have a panoramic view of the City of Mendoza and its surroundings. It is very common for locals to try to locate their houses, the park or the most emblematic buildings. However, there are also some particularities at the summit, such as television antennas. Since it is a very high point but also close to the City, local television channels send their signal to the antennas of the hill and from there they broadcast it throughout the province. Therefore, for some maintenance, we often have to give way to trucks that ascend for technical issues.
Every time the full moon is announced, the plan is put together. Usually on full moon Fridays the hill is very frequented. Hundreds of people climb to the summit, watch the majesty of the night among the mountains and, upon their return, a banquet awaits them. It's just that at the base or on the entrance to Cerro Arco there is a place. This works permanently, supplying water and minutes to athletes. But, in addition, on full moon Fridays, it offers an exquisite barbecue , to crown a dreamy night.
Publication Date: 06/01/2020
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