After having looked at the Andes so many times in Mendoza, I decided to do a stopover in the mountains to experience some nature (and to get a break from wine and cities). I opted for Uspallata, a town approximately 100 kilometers from Mendoza into the Andes, and the same distance to go to the Chileanean border. The small town offers a lot of hiking and biking possibilities in the surrounding landscape and serves as a base for climbers visiting the Cerro Aconcagua. I rented a mountain bike and explored the area, among other things:
- The Cerro Siete Colores, a peak located 12 kilometers east of the town which features beautifully colored stones.
- Las Bóvedas, a dwelling site of the 17th century only 1,5 kilometers outside of the town including a pretty mediocre museum.
- The Cerro Tunduqueral, a small peak which features Inca petroglyphs and stunning views of the alta montaña.
- The Café Tibet, a café in the town center, don't come for the food or drinks but for the props from the movie Seven Years in Tibet, which was shot in the surroundings¹.
To summarize it: a lot of biking, mixed weather conditions (sun, rain, thunderstorms and hail), power outages (for almost half a day, and no one cared, amazing) and thus the perfect time to simply peace out for a few days.
This was the last stop in Argentina before I headed out to Chile.
¹: Actually, huge parts of the movie were shot in Argentina, e.g. the scene where Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) leaves for India was filmed at the [train station](https://instagram.com/p/ydS2gTF2ag/?modal=true) of [La Plata](http://www.aboyontheroad.com/2015/02/02/impressions-from-la-plata/) (see: [IMBd](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120102/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt))