Three days gives you enough time to really linger in Mendoza, sampling the wines, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and wandering the tree-lined streets and fountain-filled plazas that make this wine-country hub so captivating. Read on for tips about how to make the most of your three days.
Travelers crossing the Argentina-Chile border by road will likely find themselves making a stop in Uspallata, and the small town is also a popular inclusion on day trips into the Andes from Mendoza. Make a detour to the nearby Rock of Seven Colors (Cerro de Siete Colores) to admire the pastel-striped rocks; visit the Bovedas de Uspallata, a series of beehive-shaped kilns dating back to the 17th century; or ponder the ancient pre-Columbian petroglyphs at Cerro Tunduqueral. There’s little to do in the town itself, although you can grab a coffee at Café Tibet in honor of the movie and pick up some arts and handicrafts from the artisan markets.
Things to know before you go
- There are a number of basic accommodation options and plenty of restaurants and cafés in the town.
- Uspallata is a desert town at high altitude—sunscreen is a must and it can get chilly even during the summer, especially at night.
- The town is easy to get around on foot and is largely accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to get there
Uspallata lies in the Andes, 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Mendoza. It’s an about 1.5-hour drive along Route 7, and regular buses run there from Mendoza. The Chilean border lies 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Uspallata.
When to get there
It’s easiest to visit Uspallata in summer, when the mountain roads are accessible and outdoor activities such as hiking and horseback riding are popular. Winter visitors can also enjoy access to the Los Penitentes Ski Resort, where the ski season typically runs from July to early October. You’ll likely need snow chains if driving through the Andes at this time.
Crossing the Border to Chile
For many travelers, Uspallata is the last stop in Argentina en route to the Chilean border. Border crossings typically set out from Mendoza in Argentina, following Route 7 through the Andes and continuing all the way to Santiago in Chile. The journey takes around five hours but it’s best to leave plenty of time for the border crossing, as well as sightseeing stops along the way. Highlights include the Puente del Inca (the Inca bridge), the Andean town of Potrerillos, the towering peak of Mt .Aconcagua (South America’s highest mountain), and the winding switchback roads of Las Cuervas.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Uspallata?
What else should I know about attractions in Mendoza?
- Villavicencio Natural Reserve (Reserva Natural Villavicencio)
- Cacheuta Thermal Spa (Termas Cacheuta)
- Hill of Glory (Cerro de la Gloria)
- General San Martin Park (Parque General San Martin)
- Plaza Independencia
- San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)
- Plaza España
- Navarro Correa Winery
- Aconcagua Provincial Park
- Bodega Tierras Altas
- Achaval-Ferrer Winery
- Bodega Renacer
- Bodega Cruzat
- Finca Decero