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San Rafael, a magical place in Mendoza

San Rafael, a village with streets lined with sycamore and poplars, cafes, ditches and charming squares. An ideal destination for
Mendoza
| 22 February, 2020 |

With a relaxed charm and a history of wine traditions brought here from Europe, in San Rafael visitors will find vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees backed by the snowy Andes. Walking or by bike you can visit the cellars and olive groves, many of them family. It is also advisable to explore the picturesque surroundings of San Rafael such as Atuel Canyon and Valle Hermoso. If you are looking for excitement, the city offers mountain biking, trekking, climbing, abseiling, horseback riding, rafting or a peaceful night of camp under the stars.

Canyon of the Atuel and the Valle Grande Dam

Just 75 kilometres west of the city, you can reach the unexpected Atuel Canyon and its stunning landscapes for driving. The natural sculptures found on the walls of the canyon surprise, stopping to contemplate the painted mountains and taking a look at the dam is a must for the visitor.

The bright blue of the water contained by Dique Valle Grande is perfect for water sports such as kayaking and also fishing. Sitting and contemplating them from the beach or floating inside a boat is indescribable. Camping is also an alternative for complete silence, clear skies and bright stars that fall on one at night.

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Labyrinth of Borges

Whether you have children or not, this huge green maze dedicated to Jorge Luis Borges is a great place to spend an afternoon. Before you start exploring, you need to know the history of Finca Los Álamos and the creation of this maze in the mini museum of the property. Finding all the hidden symbology in it will help interpret it.

Then the challenge is to get lost and try to find the way out, for which frustration is at hand, there is an option. Climb the 18-meter tower and try to see your desperate friends in the maze. At the end of the restaurant you can enjoy a tea and cakes. Or for those who arrive at the time of the salty taste some patties and have a few glasses of wine that are made there.

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Beautiful Valley

The path is not easy for those who are not accustomed to the mountainroute. To be able to enjoy it fully, it is advisable to do it with a contracted tour in the city. Thus, you can contemplate in its entirety this beautiful valley that lies between two mountain ranges.

You can also discover trails, ponds, hot springs, lagoons and petroglyphs created by ancient villages.

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