Messages arrived from Mendoza
brief and of hard and military urgency:
"I need the promised mules;
I need one thousand yards of cloth;
I need horses, more horses;
I need the ponchos and the soles
I need onions and lemons
for the Puna in the Mountain Range (…)
- I said the Call
Antonio Esteban Agüero
In the vast vineyards of Mendoza there grows a small, spherical, bluish-black, thin skinned and soft pulpish grape: the Malbec. Of French origin, it has found here a land and climate that honours it; it is the emblematic grape of Argentina. Its wines, of deep purple colour and vigorous texture, are recognised in all corners of the world. The great French winemaker Hervé Joyaux-Fabre once said: the Malbec grape from Mendoza is the best in the world.
In this region there are approximately 140.000 hectares of vineyards and 1200 wineries.
Since 1817, when Argentine national hero José de San Martín crossed the Andes Mountain Range to fight against the Spanish Crown, Mendoza carries with itself the seal of adventure. The thaw of its mountains give origin to mighty rivers and rapids of strange names that awake some non-conventional adrenaline. Strange ice formations, the action of the wind and the sun, docks, tall snow peaks … the challenge of the adventure.
Road 40 passes through the region and covers Argentina from north to south, in a beeline with the Andes Mountain range.
From its base camp at Plaza de las Mulas, 4,300 metres (14,107 feet) above sea level, you can already breathe the energy of the mountains. Its slopes, glaciers and snow tell the story of everyone who has gone straight past and remember how important it is to be respectful. The Aconcagua does not like imprudence. The mountaineers know that, and so do the mules. It is the great hill of the South¡ it is the great rock that overlooks all the Andes.
A 6,960-metre peak challenge (22,834. feet).
The moon in San Juan has a valley just for her. That’s how the Quechuas wanted it when they named this white, arid and deserted depression Ischigualasto, or 'where the moon rests'. These are the footprints left by the water and the wind, 250 million years ago. Rocks that have been moulded by water and dyed by clay. A paleontological site of disconcerting beauty.
275,000 hectares of geologic formations: The Moon Valley.
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