Sacred places in Mendoza: A Tunduqueral Hill of features that invite you to spend your holidays in Mendoza is the rich historical and cultural heritage in the province. Not only talk relics of the colonial era, palpable at every step, given the relevance that the province and the region had during the era of the Spanish domain, and at the moment of liberation from the foreign yoke. Mendoza had historically been populated by large numbers of indigenous tribes, who also left his testimony and his imprint on the culture of argentina. The Tunduqueral Hill, which is located 7 km from the town of Uspallata, is one of these places of great value. The incas considered Hill a sacred place, and the same was chosen by women during the nights of the full moon to celebrate their female rituals. As proof of this were the place lots of cave paintings or petroglyphs, for more than ten centuries old. At the Summit of the Hill is a site of great beauty and historic importance: the viewpoint of the inca, a series of natural terraces.
About them can be seen an old gold mine currently closed. Without a doubt this is one of those areas of the world that have a magic special, for both locals and foreigners. Nearby is the petrified Darwin Araucaria forest. Called so by records that the naturalist left in his works about this awesome place, where passed to 1835. It was that one of the places where Darwin found large amount of marine fossils, which confirmed the theory that those imposing mountains ever had been in the bottom of the sea. This is a wonderful forest of fossil trees, which remain in a good state of conservation, a true rarity in the whole world. Its particular microclimate and the geological characteristics of the soil are the cause of this site to be permanent reason for visit by researchers, paleontologists, biologists and naturalists.
They are 52 trunks of araucaria petrified, still erect, about 230 million years ago. The process of petrification requires certain environmental conditions that favor certain minerals are inserted into the molecular composition of plants and animals, preserving their morphological characteristics, but replacing the original matter by stone. The zone of the Tunduqueral Hill and the petrified forest of Darwin are riddled with small places and landscapes must-see is prodigious beauty. It is not difficult to get accommodation in Mendoza near the zone, since in it there are good tourist service. Source: Press release sent by jorgeguinazu.