Photo Gallery: Argentina around Uspallata
More photos from the region around Uspallata in Argentina – to go with my last update .
Considering it was mid August and winter, I was blessed by sunshine and warm weather, which made the trip very enjoyable.
The entire area is beautiful, and worth spending more time in than just passing through on your way to Chile! In 1996/7 these mountains provided the setting for the Hollywood blockbuster “Seven Years in Tibet” , chosen for its similarity with the Tibetan highlands.
First I drove Ruta 13 (which is a lucky number, Yasha says) past some really colourful mountains (probably due to mineral sediments), an area where tourists are regularly taken. I slept nearby for 2 nights. Although Argentinos drive this road with normal pick-up trucks and dirt bikes, the further along you go, the rougher and narrower it gets. Unfortunately our Berta is too fat, so I decided to turn around. Maps show this as the most direct route between Uspallata and Mendoza but, when asked, locals told me it is no longer maintained towards Mendoza. After almost 40 kilometers the road reaches a farm gate straight ahead where one has to turn left. From this point on I was hitting sharp rocks with both sides of the truck, at the same time! I stopped, and next morning I turned around.
Later that day I drove Ruta 7 (one of the major national highways) to Mendoza to do some shopping, and returned along Ruta 52. You can read all about this adventure in my recent blog entry Maps can be so deceiving! .
In my opinion, all these roads can be driven with a normal high clearance car or van. The wider your vehicle, the more difficult it will be! For some heavy RVs these roads might get a little too rough, so your interior could suffer – at least your cupboards will get re-arranged…
[Excuse the image quality of some, as they appear to be almost smudged! I think I had to over-compress them, because most images were originally over 300kb each, some almost 400kb in file size. That’s too big for a normal website and certainly for our hosting account. There is so much detailed colour in these mountains that photos contain a lot of pixel information. I have learned from this, and in future I will upload smaller images – may be back to some 800×600 pixel photos.]