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Paramillos: a tourist trip in time

A village nestled in the mountains with a huge variety of attractions related to popular culture, history and tourism.


The town of Paramillos is located 83 kilometers northwest of the city of Mendoza, in the middle of the foothills. It is located in the department of Las Heras and is one of the most visited tourist and cultural destinations, next to Villavicencio and Uspallata.In Paramillos, religion, history and tourism coexist in one place .

This destination is accessed by the well-known RN 52. A beautiful dirt road, with curves and memorable landscapes, leads us to the cross, where a true and varied journey begins.

The ruins of the mines

The ruins of the ancient lead, silver and zinc mines in Paramillos, Uspallata materialize a unique historical industrial heritage. These mines are considered the first mining operation in the Argentine Republic. The name comes from a Spanish diminutive of wasteland or desolate place.

From the beginning of the 17th century to the middle of the 18th century the Jesuits faced their first systematic mining exploitation. In mid-1750, more than 4500 nativesworked there,leading to a phase of exploitation intensive, which lasted about 30 years. In the complex stands out a building, inside which there is a large well, approximately 90 meters deep, called “Governor” pique, which was built approximately in 1888. The mineral was extracted from it, which was transported to the concentration plant located a few meters away, where the grinding and separation were performed by decantation. The abandoned ruins are regularly visited by tourists and interested in the mining past of the province of Mendoza.

Charles Darwin in Paramillos

The famous scientist, Charles Darwin, undertook a series of trips at the HMS Beagle in the early 19th century. When the ship arrived asshore, it would go down and investigate the area.

After several stopovers, in March 1835, the HMS Beagle stopped at the port of Valparaiso. Immediately, Darwin crossed the Andes Mountains, making a geological description. He studied the profile of the Sierra de Uspallata and, with its sharp observation power, described a sedimentary sequence, with more than 52 petrified trunks.

He detailed them in detail, as well as the sediments. , characterized by their high volcanic content. As was his character, tried to interpret the processes that would have caused this geological scenario, and concluded that the trees had been buried as a result of phenomena in the Atlantic coasts, during the Tertiary period.

Publication Date: 28/06/2020

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