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The Potrerillos dam is the largest water space we have in Gran Mendoza. And, as has already been explained on a few occasions, water is a very precious asset in our arid soil. That's why the Potrerillos dam is the destination chosen by hundreds of people on a hot day, in pure sun. However, because of its location, on the side of Route 7, it is also a destination chosen by hundreds of tourists. The sun and heat, water activities and a good barbecue are the perfect attraction for everyone.
The dam is located just 50 kilometers from the city. Although, depending on the route you take to get there, sometimes the trip may be a little shorter. We have the option to go along the well-known and international route 7. Where, usually, it goes faster, but with many trucks and little time to appreciate the landscape. Or we have the option of going along provincial route 82 . Where the journey is a little shorter, but it is worth it because of its landscape, pace of walk and because it flows into the road that runs along the dam, known locally as “perilago”.
Either way, you reach this mirror of water that shows two sides depending on the level of snowfall and thaw that has occurred and, also, the amount of water that has been released for the consumption of the population. But usually the postcard is that of a large reservoir, between snowy mountains and with fishermen, swimmers and sportsmen adorning the scene. Scene that is completed with tourists on the coast. Here the common practice is to sit down and take a few mattes or set the fire and make an asadito , when the intensity of the wind allows it.
As the name suggests, this is a dam. It's collecting and reserving water on purpose, not like the case of a lake. That is why it should be noted that the dam, beyond its tourist use, also has other great functions. It produces hydroelectric power and, also, reserves water that is released at the discretion of the authorities for Mendoza to use it for irrigation of crops and, sometimes, for personal consumption. This explains that it is strictly prohibited to use boats with outboard motorcycles as they pollute water .
In addition, many times the dam has been used as the venue for important windsurfing championships due to its geography and wind level, which are necessary for the practice of this sport.
Publication Date: 17/11/2019
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