In Mendoza there is a long history of struggle against the desert. Its lush vineyards and fruit crops did not seem possible in the areas in which the plains become arid and intractable. The Cuyo perceverantes, however, were not intimidated by the hostile landscape, and with the invaluable help of the rivers and mountain streams managed to turn his province into a garden of incredible greenery, where irrigation ditches are an inseparable part of the urban landscape and the reservoirs of the mountain passage. In Mendoza, tourism soon learned to take advantage of the latter, and today unfolds in each one of them an intense recreational and sports activity. Dams, lagoons and reservoirs seduce in Mendoza with a proposal that combines adrenaline, relaxation and lots nature. In the Uco Valley, Santa Clara and Las Tunas streams converge at the foot of the imposing volcano Tupungato, in the Park of the same name.
His patient work of centuries has created deep valleys. Not far away, in the Tunuyan Department, the natural reserve historic Manzano love with its multitude of streams and streams, ideal for horseback riding, tours, safaris and excursions on foot or by bicycle. Very close to there, in the Department of San Carlos and at the foot of the volcano Maipo, rests the incredible Laguna del Diamante, a prodigy of crystalline waters in the heart of the high mountains. Anyone who has seen it can forget the thrilling spectacle of the pure waters twinkling in the Sun with thousand different shades, crossed by the elusive silvery glow of trout that inhabit them. Another natural reserve which invites camera in hand, be visited on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. Ascents to the high peaks are also performed.
In the sierras of Uspallata, in the Andean foothills, famous since the passage of the liberating army, sprout the famous springs of mineral water of Villavicencio. The reserve is private, but you can visit to admire the beauty of the Valley and the particular richness of native fauna and flora in its entirety. In the province of Mendoza worked the first hydroelectric dam in the country, a power plant that supplied from light to the capital city and the gran Mendoza. His architect, a German engineer, was also father of one of the most considerate Argentinean painters, the great Fernando Fader. An artist who, having been born in Europe, adopted to Mendoza, with its magical water courses, as their chosen homeland. Something with which many tourists dream, dazzled, after spending their first vacation in Mendoza.