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The near endless pampa, which covers nearly two-thirds of Mendoza, comes to an abrupt end in San Rafael. In its place, deep river valleys and volcanic formations are found. The Río Atuel is well-known for its spectacular canyon, exciting white-water rafting, and trout fishing, while both El Nihuil and Los Reyunos offer lake sports like sailing and waterskiing.

 

The town itself is quiet, but the parks and plazas are under endless renovations that keep them in prime condition. A few museums, local monuments, and a still under-appreciated wine scene will keep both the culture and thrill-seekers pleased.










18 Jul 2011

 
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Plaza General San Martín

The central square in San Rafael is dominated by a huge bronze statue of San Martin, whose heroic crossing of the Andes started not far away. The...

City Plaza
San Rafael, Argentina

Catedral San Rafael Arcangel

The cathedral dominates the northeastern corner of the Plaza General San Martin and is an attractive if not stunning representation of neo-roman...

Other Activity
San Rafael, Argentina

Parque Hipolito Yrigoyen

Just ten blocks from the heart of downtown, this park is a long strip (sometimes) of green that fills with locals on summer evenings. There is an...

Other Activity
San Rafael, Argentina

Bodegas Suter

Suter is Argentina’s oldest running winery and consequently makes for one of the most interesting tours. The progression of wine-making is...

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San Rafael, Argentina

Bodegas La Abeja

Founded in 1883, Bodegas La Abeja is the oldest winery in the area. A picturesque old place within the city limits of San Rafael, it was founded by a...

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San Rafael, Argentina

Viñas del Golf: Ricardo Jurado S.A.

Started in 1995 by Ricardo Jurado, Viñas del Golf is just outside of the Cuadro Venegas, a scenic, remote area. A nine-hole course forms almost a...

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San Rafael, Argentina

Bicipartes

Nearly everyone gets around by bike in the incredibly bike-friendly city of San Rafael. To join up with the locals, the best rental spot is...

Bicycling
San Rafael, Argentina

Adventure Sports in Cañon del Atuel

Excursions to the Cañon del Atuel can be arranged with most agents in San Rafael. They cover 170 kilometers and begin by passing through Cuadro...

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San Rafael, Argentina

Spelunking in Caverna de las Brujas

There are many opportunities to go caving in the Caverna de las Brujas. Shop around to find the best price tour. This is a long tour–over 500...

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San Rafael, Argentina

Day Trip to Las Leñas Ski Resort

This 420-kilometer tour leaves early in the morning and makes the first stop outside the small town of El Sosneado where there are hot springs and...

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San Rafael, Argentina

Wine and Los Reyunos Lake Tour

This combined tour hits the main sights outside of San Rafael. Heading out through wine country on Route 143, the tour makes its first stop at the...

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San Rafael, Argentina

Laguna Del Diamante

Situated in a provincial nature reserve, Laguna del Diamante is a treasured location few people manage to visit. The lagoon sits at the western...

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San Rafael, Argentina
Los Reyunos

Los Reyunos

Formed from a massive Edemsa hydroelectric dam, Los Reyunos has become a summer destination for locals and tourists looking to cool off in its...

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San Rafael, Argentina
Cañon Del Atuel

Cañon Del Atuel

The Canon del Atuel links Valle Grande with El Nihuil with an amazing display of turquoise waters and volcanic formed walls. Tours are available...

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San Rafael, Argentina

Museo Municipal De Historia Natural

The Museo Municipal de Historia Natural sits across the street from Parque Mariano Moreno, some 7 km from downtown San Rafael. Although small in...

Museum
San Rafael, Argentina


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