Exploring Scenic Mendoza: High-mountain Ride and The Stone Sentinel (private tour)

  • Experience a scenic tour through Mendoza’s picturesque high mountain landscape

It’s time to hit the road as we take a scenic drive through Mendoza’s picturesque high mountain landscape, where we’ll wind our way across valleys, flat lowlands, stream, rivers, and foothills before taking on the highest peaks of the Cordillera de los Andes Mountain Range. You’ll be able to witness the unique architecture of nature with the natural Puente del Inca land bridge and all of its intriguing colors and marvel at the sight of the highest peak in the world outside of Asia, Aconcagua, also known as the “Stone Sentinel.” With so much panoramic beauty to behold, this road trip will definitely be a feast for your eyes…and cameras as well!

Our tour starts off with a morning pickup as we depart on the scenic National Route 7 (the road to Chile) and follow along the course of the Mendoza River. As we leave the serene countryside, we’ll enter the pre-mountain range area for a stop in the small mountain town of Potrerillos. Here we’ll find awesome views of the impressive Potrerillos Dam, which forms a beautiful artificial lake. The dam is part of a hydraulic power plant that distributes water for irrigating the vineyards of Mendoza.

Next we’ll drive along a section of the route framed by imposing mountainous landscapes with changing colors and various geological formations as we head towards Uspallata. This picturesque valley is where much of the film “Seven Years of Tibet,” starring Brad Pitt, was filmed. We’ll also pass through several tunnels on the road on the way to our next destination.

As we continue on, we’ll reach Puente del Inca, a natural geological bridge formation that crosses the Las Cuevas River. Declared a Natural Monument, this peculiar bridge has reddish orange and yellow color caused by the sulfurous waters of the river mixed with the river’s sediment. We’ll also see the La Capilla, a chapel at the foot of a mountain slope and the only remains from the Puente del Inca Hotel, which was destroyed by a landslide in 1965.

We’ll then head for Aconcagua Provincial Park and take a short trek to a viewpoint, which will allow us to see the mighty Aconcagua Mountain from a distance. Known also as the “Watchtower” or “Stone Sentinel, it stands at an impressive 22,841 feet (6,963 meters) tall, and is the tallest peak in the world outside of Asia. With its imposing, color-changing slopes and snow-capped summits fed from the perpetual snow, Aconcagua will give you plenty to marvel at while capturing plenty of amazing shots.

From December through March, as long as road conditions permit, we’ll have the option of driving to see the Cristo Redentor de los Andes (Christ the Redeemer of the Andes). This bronze sculpture is approximately 25 feet (8 meters) tall and weighs around 6 tons! It’s located 12,725 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level and marks the border between Argentina and Chile. The statue was erected to celebrate the peaceful resolution between the two countries regarding border disputes and depicts Christ standing atop a globe (with South America facing out), holding a large cross in his left hand while raising his right hand in a blessing. It’s important to note that there is usually not enough time to make the short trek to see Aconcagua and also to drive to Cristo Redentor, so depending on the road and climate conditions, if both options are possible to be done you can select with your tour guide which one you prefer to do.

Our tour concludes late in the afternoon as we head back to Mendoza City having experienced some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscape Mendoza has to offer.

Since you’ll be doing this tour with your own private vehicle and guide, you’ll be able to enjoy each attraction at your own pace; making all of the stops you want while enjoying personalized assistance and care from your expert guide. You’ll also enjoy more convenient and faster transfers from and to your hotel, as there will be no other travelers to pick up or drop off at other hotels.

Important: the tour’s exact itinerary and duration may change subject to weather conditions and decisions of the tour guide to optimize your tour experience.

Difficulty: easy.

Duration: full day. It starts early in the morning and ends late afternoon. This is a long tour, covering a total of about 262 miles (420 kilometers). Time for lunch is included but lunch cost is not included. Your tour guide will suggest places for lunch.

Guide: private guide.

Vehicle: private vehicle.

Includes: entrance fee to Horcones National Park (for the trek to the Aconcagua viewpoint).