Uspallata tourist information

Uspallata is a historic town that is related to the Andes Crossing in the struggle for independence. It was in this place where the troops of the Army of the Andes of General Don José de San Martín met and who under the command of Juan Gregorio de las Heras marched through one of the mountain passes towards Chile in 1817. The town has lodging, restaurants, service station, some stores, mechanic workshop, medical post and the Army Mountain Infantry Regiment. In the town you can visit the Nuestra Señora del Carmen de Cuyo Church. Uspallata is located at a crossroads (Route 7, Route 52 and Route 149), taking Route 7 you reach the Cristo Redentor Tunnel on the border with Chile, passing through Los Penitentes, Puente del Inca, Aconcagua Provincial Park and Las Cuevas. Route 52 leads through a winding road known as Los Caracoles to the town of Villavicencio. And by route 149 to the north you can reach the San Juan towns of Barreal, Tamberías, Calingasta and El Leoncito National Park.

Main attractions of Uspallata

From Uspallata different sites of tourist interest can be accessed:

Uspallata Vaults

Two kilometers from the town are the Bóvedas de Uspallata (Uspallata Vaults). They are part of an ancient construction of the XVIII century that was built by the Jesuits to process minerals that were extracted from nearby mines.

Hill of the 7 colors

A few kilometers from Uspallata you can visit the Cerro de los 7 colores. In short, an ideal place for hiking and watching the colorful landscapes. The base of the hill can be reached on foot or by car.

Picheuta Bridge

On the road between Uspallata and Los Penitentes you can visit the Picheuta Bridge over the stream of the same name. The original bridge was built by the Army of the Andes on its march to Chile. It is a good place to walk and admire the mountain scenery.

Paramillos Mine

The Paramillos mine is located at an altitude of 2,600 meters above sea level and has its origin in the seventeenth century with the Spanish conquistadors who began with the exploitation of different minerals. Nowadays the ruins of the facilities and the mine are the chosen place for different activities such as mining trekking, rappel, Tyrolean traverse and other adventure tourism activities.

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