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Located in the Cordillera de Los Andes. The lagoon attracts, above all, local tourists. Hot springs and a route on the side of the Atuel River.
The most spectacular landscape that Mendoza offers is that of any mirror of water between the mountains, in the Andes Mountains . Such is the postcard that delivers, for example, the well-known Laguna del Diamante , which can be talked about at another time. Or the Potrerillos dam, perhaps the best known. However, in this note, we are talking about a less recognized loophole. Some Mendoza don't even know about its existence . Lagoon del Sosneado is located in the deep mountain of San Rafael .
It is located 330 kilometers south-west of the city. The journey to this place is, in itself, a must-see attraction. On asphalt we start south on Route 40, about 100 kilometers to the town of Pareditas, in San Carlos . There begins the best, detour to the west and dirt road to the south, parallel to the majestic mountain range, with everlasting ravines and straight lines, although with some winding sectors, typical mountain paths. In total, this stretch is 160 kilometers, where the intense blue of the Mendoza sky meets the peaks of the most imposing peaks. A delight.
This journey ends in the town of El Sosneado, already in the department of San Rafael. There's a gas station there and it's the last supplier we can find. From there are 45 kilometers mountain inside to the lagoon, following the path of the Atuel River, one of the most important and mighty in our province.
It is important to mention that it is recommended to make the entire trip in suitable vehicles such as motorcycles or 4x4 vehicles. However, if we arm ourselves with patience, cars can also arrive.
After all this walking, we got to destination. An imposing green space, with atypical vegetation for the area and with the lagoon as the central axis. Native fauna and puesteros welcome us. However, the plan does not end there. A few miles further to the west we find the abandoned hotel, with the hot spring pool on one side. While the hotel looks totally neglected and barely ruined, the pool and hot springs continue to emerge. So visitors take advantage of and enjoy a relaxing natural bath.
Publication Date: 28/10/2019
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