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A volcano you can enter and walk into

Malargüe, south of Mendoza province, is located Malacara volcano. It offers the unique experience of entering and walking in it.

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The department of Malargüe is definitely the one with the most natural tourist attractions in the province of Mendoza.  The Cavern of the Bruges, the Castles of Pincheira,  the  Payunia , the snow of Las Leñas  , etc. However, there is one, little known, which is, perhaps, the most excellent experience that exists in the south of our province. Entering and walking into  Malacara volcano is a little tourist option offered on the rest of the planet . Get ready, headlamp and canteen in hand, let's get into this volcano.

Malacara volcano  is located about 40 kilometers southeast of the city of Malargüe , has a height of just  over 1,800 meters above sea level . The eruption of Malacara Volcano was of the  magmatic hydro type. This occurs when lava comes into contact with water and is characterized by being very violent. The erosion of the  “tetras”, which are the volcanic material deposited in thin sheets, and the wear that water and wind provide  over time, have given rise to passageways,  gulls and chimneys with almost 30 meters high  .

It is a  retro arc volcano, that is to say that it was formed by the action of lava that looks for where to go out and not by the shock of tectonic plates. This is how  Malacara erupted not only upwards, but also to all sides, creating the tunnels through which today you can walk to its very center. 

To visit Malacara volcano, enter and walk in its cavities, it is necessary to get a turn. This is obtained in the  Tourism Directorate of  the municipality.  It can be reached by private vehicle, although, if you don't have one, many tour agencies offer the transfer with the ticket included.  While, as for entry, given the price instability that exists in our country, it is difficult to mention a cost of the ticket, but  it is a small sum.  

The tour of the natural trails formed inside  can be completed in less than 2 hours . Enough time to live every detail and take the best photos. Although, as we always say from Mendoza, it is better to capture the images with our mind, for us, than to take pictures for others.

To reach Malacara volcano we must continue on the road south on the RN 40, for about 22 kilometers. There, splice the RN 186 towards the south. We must complete another 20 kilometers of gravel.  It is recommended to leave early and not ride adjusted with the times since, although the road is in very good condition , it is not advisable to lift too much the speed because the stones can damage your own and other vehicles.

The idea of the tour is to enter some of the corridors that lava naturally formed millions of years ago. Through these, walking sideways to pass through the narrow trails, or crouching to dodge the rocks, we reach the center of the volcano. From there we can look up and see the sky through the crater, something that is usually seen from above and outside. That's why getting in and walking through Malacara is something unique.

Publication Date: 23/08/2020

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