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To Cacheuta, Potrerillos and Uspallata
Gran Hotel Poterillos








Hotel Termas de Cacheuta














































Andean journey for the international road to Chile . It crosses throats nature them and tunnels dug in the alive rock, visiting the three towns more tradicio nales and better equipped of the mountain mendocina.

Trip of 210 round trip km from Mendoza for an excellent road pavimen tado. There are hotels, hostels, restaurants, bars, places for picnic and stations of service in Potrerillos and Uspallata. Walk for all season, of a minimum day until Uspallata and of half-day to Cacheuta or Potrerillos.


Leave Mendoza (km 0 in the Subsecretary of Tourism) for the Av. San Martin toward the south and connection with the Pan-American route. It will travel a tract of 20 km of cerrillada piedemontana that, for contrast, it makes more verdear intensely the oasis, watered of chacras of Coria and Vistalba in the first floor.

The tract presents varied attractiveness: in the km 5 will find a gastronomic axis with barbecues, typical restaurants of good roasted and juicy turnovers; in the km 8 are the Aeroclub Mendoza, where it can hire an air walk for the surroundings; in the km 14 can visit the discos in fashion, opened up at night, with special concurrence the weekends.

Then, the road approaches to the river Mendoza whose use hídrico has allowed the development of the magnificent oasis. In the km 21,5 and after the station of service, an access signalled to the left leads to the taking of the Spaniards (MHN)


Taking of the Spaniards (MHN)


This important work hydraulics was dedicated to derive the waters of the river toward the channel bigger than watering. The works were carried out in the century (XVIII for the architect José Comte, for order of the Marquis of Sobremonte, governor intendant

Whose. The walls, of those that are still vestiges, had 17 m of long and arches of half point. At the end of the XIX century, this work was replaced by the dike Cipolletti, built in another section of the river.

Continuing for the route, in the next 7 kms will see two power stations of energy provision that supplement the contribution coming from The Nihuil ( San Rafael ): Whitewashed Blanco's Thermal Factory and the Hydroelectric Power station Alvarez Condarco. This takes advantage of a jump of water of 81 m that falls tubed from the superior terrace to the channel of the river and it crosses the road for under.

Later on he/she will see the piletas desarenadoras that decant the material of haulage content in the waters.

To 600 m of the power station it is the Villa Switzerland, with motels, hotels, houses of tea and restaurants; they offer characteristic fondues and chocolate. They are assisted personally by indefatigable immigrants, famous for their zeal of creating a forest of pines in the arid piedemonte mendocino (... and they are achieving it!).

Forward one of the most attractive tracts in the walk begins. The route penetrates in a narrow throat, crossing a rocky tunnel. This granitic mass is the batolito of Cacheuta, a stranger witnesses in the conformation geologic precordillerana. It is been of an invasion of volcanic magma that makes millions of years it displaced the sedimentary rocks characteristic of the precordillera. Franked the first tunnel will see, to the left next to the river, the Ruins of the Factory Fader


Ruins of the Factory Fader


Inaugurated in 1910, it provided from motive force to the city until the alluvium of 1913 destroyed it. One understand it dams with floodgates, channels derivadores, a turbine and a dynamo. It was cons truida for the German engineer Carlos Fader and of her position their son Fernando was made, an outstanding painter who lost all his goods in the frustrated company. After crossing the river for the bridge, in the km 29 you arrives to Cacheuta




It conserves the name of a caci that huarpe and it is a famous thermal area. It has the first hydroelectric power station of the county, built in 1926 by the Company of Electricity of the Andes , with a jump of water (it tubes do) of 42 m . This power station, with its beautiful park of coniferous in the rocks, the rail station and the thermal hotel gave life to a small pobla ción, divided in two by the river and linked by a hanging bridge of 138 m of longitude.

The town is an oil area. In 1873 their streams of tar were used to waterproof wineskins and vessels. Ten years later, Carlos Fader founded the Company Mendocina of Petroleum that began its perforations in 1886 and it provided gas of petroleum for Mendoza 's public illumination, between 1888 and 1895. Its pipeline of 34 km , spread in 1891, was the first of South America .

To the right of the route you will see the entrance signalled to the Thermal Climatic Center Cacheuta


Thermal Climatic Center Cacheuta


It has a very good hotel with restaurant, living room of tea and a pleasant terrace where there is a pool and from the one that one obtains a privileged view to the canyon of the river. The thermal bathrooms are located in an artificial grotto and they offer individual bathtubs and collective pools, fed by five slopes that reach temperatures from 35° to 50°C .

You consents for the main terrace, traveling a nice recycled sector of the old hotel. The thermal baths are supplemented with a beautiful solárium.

Past the hotel of Cacheuta will be able to stop next to the route, in the hostel My Montaña (to 400 m ) that counts with a living room of tea, and in the hostel Don Elías (to 900 m ) whose kitchen offers flavorful male goats and sandwiches of raw ham. There are also alternatives to stay more than one day, as the campings Thermal baths of Cacheuta (the entrance is after the railroads) and Don Domingo, located 4 km later on, to the right.

The road continues winding among gulches; it is narrow and with marked curves that require caution in the handling, especially the weekends, for the traffic.

In the km 39 will arrive to the picturesque valley of Potrerillos




It is located between the precordillera and the Mountain range of the Silver. This natural oasis has a splendid microclimate (in summer 5°C less than in Mendoza ). It is it furrows do for the wide channel of the river and forestado with extensive boulevards that give him particular beauty in autumn. It was a traditional area of stays. Today it possesses an excellent hotel, a small town, several campings and a restaurant. Also, offers an attractive adventure tourism. Already in the valley, for a road signalled toward the left, you arrives at the Great Hotel Potrerillos


Great Hotel Potrerillos


It is an establishment of 4 * and a traditional place for weekend walks or some short vacations. Its picturesque building Californian style, located on the summit of a hill, offers beautiful views of the environment. It has pool, restaurant and minigolf courts and tennis. It is very pleasant during the whole year; in winter it is surrounded of snow.

After crossing the bridge on the river Blanco, flowing of the Mendoza , it leaves to the left the RP 89 that it drives to the summer villages of The Jump, Las Vegas , Valley of the Sun and to the center of ski Valleys, and it continues toward Tupungato .

Continuing for the RN 7 will pass next to the small town of Potrerillos that has basic equipment, a good camping site of the ACA and a pleasant afforestation in the surroundings.

Passed over the valley of Potrerillos the route goes into in a long and serpentine gulch 35 km again, next to the riverbanks of the river. Observe the bridges, tunnels and roads of the Railroad Transandino that in an audacious voyage, at the beginning of the XX century, it took to Chile .

This is a place of great beauty; geológicamente corresponds to the transition between precordillera and Front mountain range. Rocks volcanic efusivas are plentiful, as granites, pórfidos, porfiritas, tufas and basalt; this last one emerges in a curious hill black color. To the left of the river, other greenish, reddish and yellowish sedimentary rocks owe their tonalities to the infiltration of waters with high contents of minerals.

In the final tract of the journey it crosses an area of tunnels again: there are six in a tract of only 3 km . Then it will go on the river Mendoza by a new bridge. From there it continues toward the north for the wide valley of Uspallata , where verdean medic herdsmen, chacras and beautiful boulevards. In the km 93 will arrive to Uspallata

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