After a long flight to BA, we were picked up by Giselle’s cousins and spent some days recovering at their campo in Lujan.
From Lujan we drove to La Consulta, Valle de Uco southwest of Mendoza and stayed in style at a beautiful airbnb.
Valle de Uco is a world famous wine growing region and of course we visited a few bodegas. Most impressive to me of the many impressive bodegas was Bodega Zuccardi Valle de Uco.
From La Consulta, we made day trips to Cajon de Arenales, maybe 20 minutes away.
We managed to get two days of climbing in with Gustavo Lopez-Lopez, guide and local Arenales expert.
On our second day at Arenales, we hiked up to Sector Jardin Japones. This sector is a very beautiful, secluded part of Arenales with water, shade and many quality routes of all grades, both trad and sport.
Below Giselle on Day 1 on some of the beautiful, featured granite– the particular sector escapes me at the moment 🙂
After Arenales and many other adventures, we drove north to Potrerillos, along the Mendoza river. The 5 minute approach to Sector Conglomerado was a nice change from the 30-45 minutes approaches we had at Arenales. Sector Conglomerado at Potrerillos is a bolted sport climbing crag with many short, well protected routes. The rock is very similar to the conglomerate of Pinnacles, California.
Day trip near La Consulta, canyoneering while the water was low.
We also took a day to visit the parque and hiked the Aconcagua touristo trail.