Malargüe lies 1,475 meters above mean sea level, 422 km from the City of Mendoza, and 180 km from the District of San Rafael, just 70 km from Valle de Las Leñas ski resort. It is characterized by tourist and scientific development and it is surrounded by important elevations and unique scenes, where the air and the sky have a level of purity second to none. It has natural reserves and it stands two steps away from neighboring Chile.
In Malargüe, visitors may enjoy all kinds of activities and tours year round. Guided tours, adventure travel outings, river rafting, SCUBA diving, Tyrolean crossing, climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, hiking, trekking and horseback riding are available in the summer, whereas the snow is the main protagonist in the winter, together with the Andes Mountain Range and ski in Las Leñas Valley.
The main attractions are: The Witches’ Cave, the Malacara Volcano, Manquimalal Cascade, Pincheira Castles, Trout Breeding Station, Payunia and Llancanelo Reserves. In the city, the Planetarium, the Pierre Auger Observatory, the Regional Museum and the Dinosaur Track Park are the most appealing options for visitors. Likewise, the Pehuenche and Planchón Passes invite travelers to visit neighboring Chile.
The Archeological Museum operates at the old grand house in Estancia “La Orteguina”, where important native fossils and arrow and spear points have been found. It features history and mineralogy rooms. The remains of an ichthyosaur found in Malargüe and dating from 130 years ago are on display in the paleontology room.
In a different part of the grand house at Estancia “La Orteguina”, the handicrafts market called “Mi Viejo Almacén” offers typical products from Malargüe for sale.
This center is designed for 1,000 people to hold activities simultaneously at the rooms called Canelo, Caldén and Maitén. The latter houses a movie theater.
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The aim of this project is to determine the nature and the direction from which the cosmic rays with superior energy arrive. The objective is to have a better understanding of the universe around us. The project purpose is to settle down two observatories: one in the southern hemisphere (Malargüe) and another in the northern hemisphere (Colorado, USA). So far, the one located in Malargüe is the largest in the world.
The millhouse is a national historical monument located a few meters south of the old grand house in Estancia “La Orteguina”. It was built in 1878. The mill stands out for its old construction made of mud and straw and its one-meter-thick walls. *It may only be seen from outside.
It lies at the access to the city, on Route 40. This building dates from 1880 and features the typical adobe construction. It is one of the monuments that contribute to local history.
Malargüe has a modern digital planetarium. It is the first and only one in Argentina. It is a remarkable and singular building, raised in the shape of a pyramid that shelters a projection room and can seat 65 people on comfortable reclining armchairs. Different kinds of shows unveil the mysteries of the universe at this venue.
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This paleontological site boasts almost 700 dinosaur tracks in excellent state of preservation. They correspond to herbivorous dinosaurs known as “Titanosaurus” of different sizes and a wide array of fossil remains of various organisms in very good state of preservation. The tracks of paleovertebrates correspond to dinosaurs and to vertebrate and invertebrate organisms that dwelled in these latitudes about 70 millions of years ago. They left their imprints on the muddy plains of a typical continental environment crossed by rivers and lakes. Suspension footbridges have been built so that tourists may appreciate the tracks, observe the fossil remains and learn more about the geological history and features of the district, the evolution of these giants from the past and to be immersed in unique scenes and landscapes. To be inaugurated soon.
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Cuyam-Co trout breeding station lies just 12 km away from the city. The venue has a restaurant that is open year round and provides the chance to taste varied recipes made with trout. Besides, it has a trout fishery for those who wish to catch their own specimen.
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Located 27km west of the City of Malargüe, the Pincheira Castles preserve a great natural scene made up by rock formations eroded by the wind and the rain, which uncovered singular forms that resemble castles. Stories of bandits are mixed with popular legends of Pincheira: a very attractive place. The venue has a restaurant, a recreation zone, restrooms and a swimming-pool. Activities available include: hiking, river rafting, horseback riding, photographic safaris and white trekking in the winter.See Malargüe's photo gallery
This beautiful lake surrounded by hills lies just 50km north of our city. Visitors to this great natural water body may witness spectacular sunsets. It is dwelled by a large amount of bird and fish species, like the Patagonian silverside. This is an ideal spot to enjoy photographic safaris, fishing outings and hiking tours.
It lies about 40km away from the City of Malargüe, on the way to Valle de las Leñas.
This is a beautiful lake of crystal-clear waters emerging from underground rivers. It features volcanic rocks that create curious formations when reflected by the water and have given origin to legends and stories with the passing of time.
Fishing is not allowed at Niña Encantada. Hiking tours, horseback rides and photographic safaris are available in the area.
Located 50 km away from Malargüe, this valley is crossed by the Salado Rover and surrounded by colorful mountains which were the pioneers in ski trails in Malargüe. The valley shelters booming hotel activity that started back in the 1930s with the traditional Lahuen-Co Springs Hotel.
Located 58 km away from the City of Malargüe, on the way to Las Leñas Valley, this singular scene located in Los Molles Valley features curious formations. It boasts two sinkholes eroded by underground rivers that gave origin to green water bodies featuring almost a hundred meters diameter each
Las Leñas Valley lies 75 km away from the City of Malargüe. It is a paradise for skiers, as it features a skiable surface of 17,500 hectares, including trails and off-piste zones accessible through lifts. There is a maximum uninterrupted trail descent of 7 km and 13 lifts with a capacity to transport 10,000 people. Snow conditions are excellent, the weather is dry and its powder snow is worldwide known. Cross-country ski, snowboarding, off-piste ski and free style park are some of the activities available while immersed in the best scene in the Andes Mountain Range.
Services for skiers include 150 instructors, ski school (for all the levels), ski lockers, children assistance, equipment rental, repair shop and medical service.
The offer is equally varied during the summer, as adventure travel activities and sports such as hiking, river rafting, Tyrolean crossing, climbing and rappelling, horseback riding and mountain biking are available for visitors.
This valley lies 90km from the City of Malargüe and approximately 21km from Las Leñas Valley. This is one of the most imposing scenes in Malargüe, as it is immersed in the Andes Mountain Range, where the color of the mountains, the native flowers and the water springs turn Valle Hermoso into a paradise beyond compare.
As the valley is reached, the lake sheltered by Valle Hermoso is an ideal site to enjoy angling, as it is dwelled by large salmonidae. Water activities, hiking, horseback riding and photographic safaris are also available. There is also a restaurant serving typical dishes, a convenience store and a campsite.
*Road conditions allow the access of high vehicles only*
The best geological conditions for the formation of hot spring waters are given in our mountain range. This is due to volcanism and the intense faults in the province. In general, hot spring waters have iron and sulfur content and feature different temperatures.
El Azufre is nestled at 3,500 meters above mean sea level in the Andes Mountain Range, very close to the Peteroa Volcano. At this location, there is a venue with outdoor pools whose waters range between 35º and 55º. These waters spring from the bottom of the Planchón Glacier, which stands on the border between Argentina and Chile. These hot springs venue lies 190 km from our city and boasts one of the most attractive roads in our district, bordering creeks with fresh pure water, dales and hills teeming with minerals.
El Planchón, located 198 km from Malargüe, is an international pass onto Chile located at 2,400 meters of height in the Province of Mendoza. It lies on a plain dominated by glaciers and terracotta peak, right in front of the imposing figure of the Peteroa Volcano. It is open only in the summer and crosses onto the City of Curicó.
This pass joins Argentina with the Chilean City of San Clemente, lying 297 km from our city.See Malargüe's photo gallery
This beautiful volcano lies approximately 42 km to the southeast of the City of Malargüe, on the road to Laguna Llancanelo Reserve.
The Malacara Volcano reaches a height of over 1,800 meters above mean sea level. Its name responds to its resemblance to the face of a spotted horse. Black, yellowish, reddish and green hues are featured by this formation. The volcano has been recently eroded by the rain and the wind, which have unveiled large rills and gullies of almost 30m of height. Tours access the volcano through these features.
Tickets for this tour are available at the travel agencies in Malargüe.
The reserve is situated at approximately 75km from the city of Malargüe towards the southeast. It was declared RAMSAR site by the international environmentalist community. It shelters an important flamingo colony as well as hundreds of other bird species. Llancanelo is a protection point for the preservation of biodiversity. Once the lake is reached, visitors are impressed by its horizon lined by mountains and volcanic elevations featuring different hues. The Trapal Volcano is one of the best viewpoints over the lake, as it looks onto its entire extension including its tributaries.
Llancanelo is ideal for bird watching, photographic safaris, wildlife mapping and hiking tours.
Access only allowed in the company of authorized guides.
It is located 30km south of the city. Its name stands for condor and cliff in the Mapuche tongue.
This site is surrounded by huge walls (cliffs known as “bardas”) of sea origin that were elevated by Andean movement. This uncovered fossil remains, ammonites and bivalves, which may be observed during a guided hiking tour.
Manqui Malal is a destination chosen by hundreds of climbers every year who come along to practice climbing and rappelling, as these walls feature over 40m of height.
It lies on the way to the Witches’ Cave and it features a restaurant where very good goat dishes are served.
Payunia stands 200km southeast of the City of Malargüe. This is the largest reserve in the Province of Mendoza and is a candidate to be declared world heritage.
Its name comes from the Pehuenche word “Payen”, which refers to a site where there is copper. Its large territory is full of silent volcanoes that have created wonderful geological forms: large lava tracks considered among the amplest in the world, as well as different kinds of soils. Fauna includes guanacos. Horseback rides, 4WD tours to the Payún Matrú Volcano, hiking tours and photographic safaris are some of the options for visitors.
Payunia is a paradise for vulcanologists. Scientists from all over the world come to Malargüe to discover the qualities of this singular scene.
Access only allowed in the company of authorized guides. Subject to weather conditions. *Road conditions allow the access of high vehicles only. *See Malargüe's photo gallery
The Witches’ Cave is located 75km to the south of the City of Malargüe. The cave is formed by limestone of sea origin. The filtration of water has generated beautiful mineral formations like stalactites, stalagmites, columns and tracks with the passing of time. Groups of nine persons are allowed into the cave on 2-hour tours.
There are two different vaulted spaces inside the cave: the Virgin Room, suitable for children over 6 and the full circuit, apt for children over 7.
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The National Gendarmerie and Argentine Customs Office buildings are located 105 km away from Malargüe. All necessary proceedings to cross through the Pehuenche and Planchón Passes are to be carried out there.
The Cajón Grande Hot Springs are located on the road to Chile through the Pehuenche Pass at 2,400 meters above mean sea level, 135 km away from the City of Malargüe at the foot of 4,048-meter-high Mount Campanario. This amazing landscape features colorful hills, intensely green valleys and dales and the 5 pools where the hot springs emerge.
A total distance of 315 km stands between Malargüe and Talca. There are gas stations at Malargüe and at San Clemente (Chile), 297 km away. The Customs Office is located in Las Loicas, 105 km away from Malargüe. The road does not feature any kind of tourist infrastructure.
The road is open from December thru March.See Malargüe's photo gallery
This singular formation is a basalt ravine featuring 8 meters of width and 500 meters of length. The Grande River –the most plentiful in the province- runs along it. The roaring of the waters as the river narrows is appealing. This site may be visited year round and it lies 120 km from the City of Malargüe. Following Route 40, visitors will come to the border of Mendoza and Neuquén 220 km ahead.
Cuisine in our district stands out for the delicious dishes made with goat as Malargüe is the main goat cattle producer in the country.
Likewise, countless restaurants and rest areas serve the most varied recipes based on trout caught in the rivers of Malargüe.