Las Leñas and Valle Hermoso

February 2016

Driving through the irrigated vineyards of Mendoza we marveled at the fancy wineries, it felt like we were in California’s Napa Valley.



You can tour the different plush wineries, taste the Malbec and buy a case. After an overnight stop in Manzana Historica and more wineries in the Valle de Uco we had seen enough famous grapes, tasted some good wines, so we headed up to the ski resort Las Leñas. Both of us are skiers and grew up on skis, so names like Las Leñas and Portillo ring a bell. As kids we watched world cup ski races held here on TV.


Las Leñas in summer is like many ski resorts without snow, not very exciting.


Las Lenas

We drove on and worked out way up a pass and back down the other side. Valle Hermoso, a pretty valley ringed by mountains and with a small lake was on the other side. At the end of the road there is a steep trail and one can continue over to Chile with mules and horses only. We spent a few nights by a creek, hiked in the valley and enjoyed the solitude in the mountains. Some farmers and some fly fishermen came by, all waved and kept going.


Valle Hermoso


Our camping spot by the creek in the Valle Hermoso


Almost the end of the road



Rhodophiala (in the Amaryllis family) grow high in the Andes

Life along the creek, we went for long walks every day, watching wildlife and finding flowers.


Andean goose



Plant life in the creek


Andean ibises (black faced)


He came by every day, rounding up sheep, goats and horses.

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2 Responses to Las Leñas and Valle Hermoso

  1. Judi Cleghorn says:

    Wonderful to relive that journey!


  2. Helga Fink says:

    Hallo Sissi, wieder ein toller Bericht, bezw. Noch tollere Bilder! Macht Lust auf Südamerika.

    Am Dienstag Abend fliegen wir nach Yerewan.. Dann müssen wir uns nach dem 15. Mai nochmals treffen, bevor ihr wieder abhaut!

    Gruß Helga


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