Andes Day Trip From Mendoza Including Aconcagua, Uspallata And Puente Del Inca

Overview

Experience the best of the Mendoza Provinces Andes region on this day trip that will take you along part of the Pan-American Highway toward the Chilean border. With an experienced guide, youll make your way to the highest mountain in both North and South America Aconcagua where you'll visit a lookout point for awesome photo ops. Stop along the way at various historical and cultural sites including Puente del Inca, Potrerillos and Las Cuevas. Its a day of breathtaking natural scenery that can only be found in the Andes!

Details about this tour

Your day trip to the Andes starts with pickup at your Mendoza hotel by comfy, air-conditioned coach. With your guide, head west from the city via Route 7, part of the Pan-American Highway, toward the Chilean border, approximately 130 miles (200 km) away.

Gaze out the window and watch the landscape change from urban sprawl to rolling vineyards to mountain peaks as you make your way along the highway, stopping at several points of interest. Stop first in Potrerillos, on the dammed lake of Embalse de Potrerillos. Here you can stretch your legs, grab some breakfast or a snack if you wish (own expense) and admire the snow-capped mountaintops youre nearing!

Your next stop is Uspallata, a small mountain town that boasts more scenic alpine views. Get something to eat here (own expense) if you didnt before or if youre still hungry! and get ready to witness the highway scenery become more and more dramatic as you keep going west.

Continue about an hour to Puente del Inca, a natural rock bridge over the Vacas River, a Mendoza river tributary. The natural wonder, once visited by Charles Darwin, makes for some fantastic photos with its swirl of colored rock, so this is a good time to break out the camera! Youll also visit the small community nearby to have lunch (own expense) and browse some local handmade goods if youre interested.

Back on the coach, keep heading west toward Las Cuevas, on the border with Chile, and then turn off the highway for Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas at approximately 22,840 feet (6,960 meters). Your driver will take you to a prime lookout location so you can snap photos and enjoy the spectacular view.

Your last point of interest is Picheuta, a site of ruins by the indigenous Huarpe people, who lived in this part of Argentina from the 5th century BC.

The trip back to Mendoza is the same way you came, so relax as you admire the view from the other direction. Youll be back at your hotel between 6:30 and 7pm.

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • Stella M
    12-Apr-2019

    The tour was wonderful. Beautiful scenery. The only complaint was that the guide was not very friendly. We were given an address to meet up with the bus. When arrived, no one really had any information on the tour and were told it would be about an hour before they arrived. We took a bathroom break when the bus arrived and the guide was upset we were not waiting. We took off 4 minutes late! We started off on a bad note and didn't seem to recover through the whole tour. She did not make us feel welcomed!

  • darryl
    24-Sep-2018

    Once again a great tour in the Andes, this time up to the snow. Amazing scenery, our guide was good although hard to hear sometimes on the bus. Be aware you go all the way to nearly the Chilean border, have lunch, then back down the same road, so the return trip is pretty much the same except from the other side of the bus. Fascinating all the same, and the colours of the Andes just blew me away.

  • jthalong
    16-Sep-2018

    Very long day with a lot of time spent on the bus, but worth it. We got wonderful photos of the Andes.

  • nori
    15-Jun-2018

    Excellent!

  • mabelle
    30-May-2018

    We had a blast - so worth it

  • Gavin W
    12-Apr-2018

    Wow what a value! A whole day trip up into the Andes climaxing at Christ of the Andes. Beautiful views and vistas everywhere. Our guide was well informed and friendly. The driver, quite expert. The high altitudes can make travelers a little sleepy but all in all a relaxing and stress free way to visit the top of the world.

  • Arturo G
    08-Mar-2018

    Amazing trip, great experience. Guide Lucas was super and I am very glad to have Jose Luis driving for me.
    Should be a “must” tour for those visiting the Mendoz region.
    Don’t forget to bring PESOS!!

  • Patrice d
    27-Jan-2018

    Very beautiful tour through such a fantastic scenery. Expert guide for the region. A bit unfortunate not being able to get a bit closer to the Aconcagua. Lunch part a bit disorganized.

  • Chris M
    18-Jan-2018

    If I could give this tour minus stars I would and if I could find a way to demand a refund I would. Not because of the places it goes to or the content of the tour which we didnt actually get to experience but for the discomfort!
    We were picked up from our hotel in a minibus that was already quite full. The only spare seats were at the back of the bus. Though legroom was limited it was bearable until we stopped to pick up two more passengers. It was impossible for 4 adults to fit in these seats. It was so uncomfortable and claustrophobic that we had to ask the bus to stop and get off. The guide was quite unsympathetic but she had the best seat on the bus!
    We went back to our hotel Finca Adalgisa and the receptionist was very helpful. He arranged a private driver to take us. The car was very comfortable and the driver spoke perfect English and was a qualified guide. If there were 4 passengers in the car the cost would have been cheaper than this trip.
    We had a great day in comfort and often were the only people at each of the stops which gave us a really personal experience. We saw our bus at the view point for Aconcagua but this was on the highway. Because we were in a car we were able to enter a small car park and take a short walk to a much better viewpoint.
    Our driver took us to a great place for lunch and helped us to get a really authentic lunch which was very good and great value. Our driver also seamed to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of all the best and cleanest bathroom facilities on route !
    We have previously had good experiences on Viator tours and booked this because of our previous good experience but will think twice next time.
    My advice is dont do this unless you have a longing to travel for 10 -12 hours on a school bus. Take a private tour and if there are 4 of you.

  • Matthew P
    25-Dec-2017

    This tour was amazing!

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