The department of San Carlos is bound by Chile to the West, by the departments of Tunuyán and Rivadavia to the North, by the department of Santa Rosa to the East and by San Rafael to the South.
The most important river in the department is the Tunuyán River. It flows through the Northern boundary of the department and supplies irrigation water from the Valle de Uco dam. The climatic characteristics are the same than those of Tunuyán and Tupungato, the last one having the largest extension with an area of 11,578 km2.
It is located 100 km south of Mendoza city, in the central-western region of the Province. It 233 years of fights and liberation campaigns, legends and traditions, attract those who dare explore its geography: a privileged view of The Andes, its infinite grooves, its vineyards and crops, its thermal and crystalline water, its rich soil, its pure air, its centenarian provincial habits, its simple and kind people are San Carlos distinctive characteristics. San Carlos, the oldest district in Mendoza features adventure, historical, rural and wine tourism opportunities, in addition to its estancias, traditional houses, hostels, cottages, lodges and camping sites, offering visitors, that, together with the hospitality of its people, will turn any visit an unforgettable experience, inviting visitors to come back every year.
The Caminos de Altamira Rural Tourism excursion or the Estancias Sancarlinas experience, invite you to discover a whole new rural and natural world, where you can rest, have fun and enjoy yourself.
You may also take part in agricultural activities, go horseback-riding or ride on a cart, ideal opportunities to explore the beauties of the place.
Cattle round-up or horse-spurring add a special ingredient to the discovery of the region.
Visit the farms where their ancient tools and traditions will take you on a trip to the past.
The delicious gastronomy, typical of the Andean region, with its beef cooked in different ways (wrapped in dough, in its skin or in a pot with vegetables), challa, goat or pork baked in clay ovens, “mazamorra” (milky pudding made with maize), empanadas, “locro” (corn stew) and the typical “Asado Criollo” (barbecue), offer you unique flavors, achieved by means of ancient techniques.
You can knead the bread, taste our traditional “mate dulce”, accompanied with “sopaipillas” (fried pastry) or try our “tortitas” with home-made marmalades made from ancient family recipes.
Popular Argentinean dances and songs are present in every cultural event in this town, which adds to the charm of rural life.
The quality of our grapes, among which the Malbec variety is to be highlighted, is reflected in our excellent wines. Traditional and modern wineries open their doors to visitors in order to tell them about the wine-making process. There, visitors will be able to taste our delicious wines produced from the vineyards located in the Andes sides.
Fuerte San Carlos ruins and the Regional Museum, tell visitors countless stories about indigenous peoples, General San Martin heroic deeds and traditional local families.