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  • Address: Ruta Provincial 52, Mendoza, Argentina

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Villavicencio Natural Reserve Tours

Villavicencio Natural Reserve is a great alternative or addition to the wine tourism that is the backbone of Mendoza’s tourist attractions. It is easily visited in a half-day tour, though at nearly 175,000 acres, if you have more time, you’d find much more to explore. A visit to the reserve usually starts with about an hour’s drive from Mendoza to the springs for which the reserve are named, and in fact, this is the source of much of Argentina’s bottled mineral water.  

The reserve itself has a varied topography, with mountains ranging from 900 to 3200 meters in height and deep ravines between them. Wildlife spotting is likely here, including eagles, condors, rheas (relative to the ostrich), as well as herds of the llama-like guanaco. Lucky viewers may glimpse a puma. One of the highlights of the trip is the view over the Los Caracoles viewpoint, so named for the winding road seen below (caracol means snail), which is said to have 365 twists and turns.

There is also time to visit a nearby monument called Canota, which marks General San Martín’s crossing of the Andes along with 5,000 troops to Chile to liberate Argentina from Spain.

Practical Info

Bring a bottle to fill up with the natural spring water at the now-defunct old resort spa at Villavicencio.

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Full-Day Tour Including Villavicencio, The Route of 365 Curves and 7 Colors Mountain, Mendoza, null
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Full-Day Tour Including Villavicencio, The Route of 365 Curves and 7 Colors Mountain

The perfect day to enjoy the amazing wildlife of the Andes and discover Mendoza far from massive tourism. Breathtaking experience in 4WD.

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 7 to 9 hrs

From USD $240.00
Villavicencio Natural Reserve Half-Day Tour from Mendoza, Mendoza, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Villavicencio Natural Reserve Half-Day Tour from Mendoza

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Take a 5-hour guided tour to the Villavicencio Natural Reserve, which is known for its beauty and its mineral springs. Home to eagles, condors, pumas, guanacos ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.20
9-Day Best of Argentina Tour: Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

9-Day Best of Argentina Tour: Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls

Experience tango, drink the famous malbec wines and see one of the world's natural wonders on this 9-day tour. Start in Buenos Aires, one of the most ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $3,129.00

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