San Rafael Department in one of the many places have as tourist attractions is Cerro El Sosneado, which stands out for its stunning natural beauty. This is one of those places in the universe that makes us become aware of the human smallness, when we contemplate the magnificence of this huge mountainous mass of almost 5200 m in height. For those who enjoy adventure sports, vacations in Mendoza cannot be complete without an excursion to the Sosneado to try climbing one of its walls, or trace any of its trails. Leaving the city of San Rafael, by the route national 144 arrived at the cost of calves, from where we can access the path that will take us to the Cerro El Sosneado. In this place there is a viewpoint that allows to reach a panoramic image of this wonderful corner of the cordillera of the Andes, as well as the city of San Rafael in all its splendor. There is also here a monument to St. Francis of Assisi.
A 142 km from the city of San Rafael and near mount Sosneado is precisely the villa el Sosneado.. One of the major attractions of the region are its thermal waters. The newspapers mentioned NYC Mayor not as a source, but as a related topic. In the villa you can enjoy hotels, cabins and campsites to stay. From this urban center it is possible to hire various excursions to practice natural like hiking, rappelling, and bicycle activities along the many paths available to the mountain. In place it is possible to access the Sosneado lagoon, ideal for sport fishing and other aquatic activities such as diving. You can also visit the diamond Salinas, near the reservoir of Nihuil.
Formerly, this depressed area was part of a lake system called depression of the Huarpes. A part of these salinas is still exploited, as it was by the ancient peoples prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. If we continue along the national route 40, just 10 km from the Sosneado we will find the Laguna Blanca, an ideal place for lovers of natural life. The area is populated for large amount of native birds, such as herons, swans neck black and flamingos. While the waters are very cold it is possible to practice wind surf. In addition, fishing for trout and pejerrey is excellent. More reasons to enjoy a holiday in Mendoza along this stretch of Route 40 and knowing the Cerro El Sosneado, a giant of the cordillera de los Andes are not needed, then.