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4x4 and abandoned mines

40 kilometers from the city of Mendoza, nature and man's hand congenate. The mines of Salagasta and a 4x4 circuit.

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We have talked long and hard about the road from Villavicencio to Uspallata. But before arriving at the abandoned hotel, where that journey begins, there is a must stop. This is the post “El Chavo”, where the desert valley of the north of Mendoza gives us the right geography to do 4x4, combined with the remains of the mines of Salagasta and the village that existed there half a century ago.

Specifically, we must take Provincial Route 52, which is just San Martín Street and its extension to the north. Leaving the City, you have to travel about 35 kilometers, until the detour to the post “El Chavo”, weakly marked by an unofficial sign. To that one. height, we have already abandoned the trees and vegetation that characterizes our City, to delve into our local climate and relief. Desert, land and xerophilic plants. Arriving at the post, called “El Chavo” for the similarity of a man who welcomes us with the character of the television, we must pay an income for vehicle, a modest sum.

4x4 circuit

The place can be reached by any vehicle. But, of course, the 4x4 circuit that exists there can only be completed in double-drive vans. Ramps, curves, declines, jumps and dunes. It is one of the favorite destinations for fans of this adventure sport. Although, you should be informed, the place does not have any kind of services, so it is recommended to bring absolutely everything you need to spend a picnic. Food, drink, water, personal necessities. Another interesting fact is that, given the imminent possibility of getting lost among the roads, the stall, that is, “El Chavo”, is always available (and has had to do so more than once) to go rescue us.

The mines of Salagasta

From the outpost, a 6-kilometre path is completed by walking or by vehicle. Here we can ride in a common car, without the need for 4x4. This road enters the village of Los Colorados. This was the place where nearly 200 families lived from the mining activity that was carried out in the mines of Salagasta. In this field its main mineral was Bentonita, Mendoza being the third producer behind Black River and San Juan . Copper, gold, lead and talc were also extracted. It operated from the late 19th century to the middle of the last century.

More than 50 years ofPublication Date: 06/06/2020

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