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Historical bridge - The springs

Today was an awesome and spectacular day. A total change from yesterday. I had bought a tour to the Andes mountain range that included a view of the Aconcagua (the tallest mountain in América), so I had to wake up very early to go to the tour. They came and picked me up to the hostel and everything went good. The tour included a few stops before going to the Andes, view the Aconcagua and have lunch at the border with Chile. The pre-mountain range was composed of very dry and desertic mountains, very similar to those of Chihuahua, with the difference that you could see the snowed Andes very far in the distance. Then we went to our first stop was at a man made lake which we could not appreciate fully since it was dawn and the sunshine prevented us from seeing the colors of the lake, and it was terribly windy so we could barely see anything.

Me at the Puente del Inca!!

We reached the town of Usupallata and we rented some special boots for the snow. After that, we passed a small bridge that the army of the Andes, leadered by San Martin built during the early 1800's. Then, as we resumed our trip towards the chilean border, the mountains started to have more and more snow, it was beautiful! I had never been in such a place. We passed several ski resorts and finally reached the Bridge of the Incas (Puente del Inca). What I saw there was just incredible. I was speechless. The bridge is a natural bridge constructed by milenia of sedimentation from warm water running by a glacier. The colors (dark yellow, some green and some red) were just incredibly beautiful. I couldn't but wow on it. I took several (well, many) pictures there.

Me at the Andes
Later on the road we stopped at a place where you could see the Aconcagua mountain. The Aconcagua is a weird mountain. It is very big (the biggest in the continent), but its form is like a very big hill, not sharp like other mountains. Then we had lunch at a terrific restaurant in the border with Chile and when we came back we stopped by a cemetary where those who had dared to climb the Andes in some form were buried, whether they succeeded or had died trying. I slept most of the trip back, so I can't say much more about it. This day was a very special day in my life. I had never seen snowed mountains before!

Later at night I attended a party at a nearby hostel and then went to the casino. I had a lot of fun! Mendoza is getting better it seems!

montecarlostar says:
Thanks so much!!
Posted on: Aug 13, 2009
P_E_P_S_I says:
I like!!
Posted on: Aug 13, 2009
montecarlostar says:
Yes I did! The bridge was so awesome!!! I have posted them now ;)
Posted on: Aug 12, 2009
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Historical bridge - The springs
Historical bridge - The springs
Me at the Puente del Inca!!
Me at the Puente del Inca!!
Me at the Andes
Me at the Andes
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua?
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua?
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua?
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua?
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua?
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua?
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua? - Glancing…
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua? - Glancin…
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua?
Mendoza?? Or Chihuahua?
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
At the Artificial lake
At the Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Artificial lake
Mendoza river
Mendoza river
The road to the Andes
The road to the Andes
Our bus
Our bus
Historical bridge
Historical bridge
Historical bridge
Historical bridge
Historical bridge - A small shrine
Historical bridge - A small shrine
Historical bridge
Historical bridge
Historical bridge
Historical bridge
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
The Andes!!
At the Puente del Inca
At the Puente del Inca
Puente del Inca - vendings!
Puente del Inca - vendings!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!! - Vendings
Puente del Inca!! - Vendings
Me with some snow!
Me with some snow!
Me with some snow!
Me with some snow!
Puente del Inca - Museum
Puente del Inca - Museum
Puente del Inca!!
Puente del Inca!!
The Andes
The Andes
The Aconcagua at the bottom!!
The Aconcagua at the bottom!!
Me with the Aconcagua at the botto…
Me with the Aconcagua at the bott…
The Aconcagua at the bottom!!
The Aconcagua at the bottom!!
Aconcagua!
Aconcagua!
The Andes
The Andes
Lunch at the chilean border
Lunch at the chilean border
Lunch at the chilean border
Lunch at the chilean border
Lunch at the chilean border
Lunch at the chilean border
Lunch at the chilean border - The …
Lunch at the chilean border - The…
Lunch at the chilean border - My d…
Lunch at the chilean border - My …
The group waiting for the bus to go
The group waiting for the bus to go
This lady was so lovely! 82 and st…
This lady was so lovely! 82 and s…
Lunch at the chilean border - The …
Lunch at the chilean border - The…
The Andes
The Andes
The Andes
The Andes
The Andes - Should I take this roa…
The Andes - Should I take this ro…
Andes
Andes
Cemetery
Cemetery
Cemetery
Cemetery
The group at the cemetery
The group at the cemetery
With my nrw friends, Vanessa, Moni…
With my nrw friends, Vanessa, Mon…
Cemetery
Cemetery
Me at the Cemetery of the Andes
Me at the Cemetery of the Andes
Cemetery of the Andes
Cemetery of the Andes
My boots in the snow
My boots in the snow
Cemetery
Cemetery
The Andes
The Andes
The Andes
The Andes
The artificial lake again
The artificial lake again
It was getting windy!
It was getting windy!
Now it was seriously windy!
Now it was seriously windy!
Mendoza
photo by: montecarlostar