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Mendoza and its geography lend themselves to the realization of any outdoor activity or sport. Mountain, rivers, streams, native flora and fauna are the ideal setting to disconnect from routine and dedicate to oneself. The Chacras Trails are part of this option and are visited by thousands of athletes every weekend.
They are reached through the Pan-American route, passing the well-known dance venue “La Guanaca”, in Luján de Cuyo. Some go by bike there, “to get warm”, they recognize. Others load the bike to their vehicle, park at the entrance to the property and pedal practically from the beginning of the gravel street. And finally, the most “lazy” enter with their vehicle about 2 kilometers to a post located between mountains and trees, park, and they are already ready for adrenaline. On the Trails we find everything. Lonely people, groups of friends who are going to have fun, small groups that are going to train, others who, organized into platoons, take the situation professionally and respond to the orders of a coach.
The characteristics of the place also tempt enduro motorcyclists , although their entry is expressly prohibited. However, on more than one occasion you have to be attentive, especially in the downhill “bites”, because motorized boys can come, although, it is true, the noise of the engine tells them in the distance.
Cyclists who have already gone a couple of times know the typical terminology of the area. The different roads have particular names: the climb of Mickey, the climb of Pepe, the road of Cable Pelado, etc. And there are some wider streets, which cross from time to time to those trails, called “bumps”.
There are also elements that are reference not to be missed as “ La casa quemada ” or “ La Tranquera ”. However, it should be clarified that, for some years, the Municipality has taken letters on the matter and has installed the necessary signage for all to be located.
Finally, there are some not-so-popular, more exclusive places, known to a few. Like, for example, the waterfall . And is that, in hot days and that typical sunshine from Mendoza, is a fixed that you finish pedaling and take a while under the small water jump, no more than a meter and a half, that makes up a stream in the area. Just to get there, we'll have to find out and ask. But it's worth it.
Best of all: it's free .
Publication Date: 17/10/2019
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