It’s a small village with many cottages. At present, the National Gendarmerie Crew is settled here.
From this point, we can thoroughly admire the Tupungato mountain, which rises at 6,800 meters above sea level, and it is surrounded by snowdrifts. It is an inactive volcano and it last eruption was two millions years ago. Its name comes from the word "Tupungato” which means "viewpoint of stars”.
Here, we find one of the entrances to the Aconcagua Provincial Park. We can access the Eastern side of Aconcagua mountain by the Valle de Las Vacas going through the right margin of the river with the same name. It’s an easy venture but it’s not advisable to underestimate the first stages in a route that takes many days. This step will help us to familiarize with such an immense valley. Only covering the half of it will take us 2 (two) days. This valley is framed by a heavy-flowing river which makes crossing it a delicate task. In its first part, the valley is relatively narrow and bordered with beautiful walls. The warm colors are hereby enhanced by vegetation that will join us throughout the route.
The few ravines that go down to Valle de las Vacas are generally very steep but we can find some eye-catching exceptions. The path is not always easy, as it is generally obstructed by stones that make progression more difficult. There are some ascending and descending slopes but, actually, the road does not hide any technical difficulty. You need to take your time to climb slowly, to enjoy this beautiful valley and admire the amazing colors offered by nature.