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Paso de la Carrera, Cordillera de los Andes

The "Paso de la Carrera" is located SW of Mendoza city. To get there we must cross the first Andean mountain range, known as Precordillera, or Pre Mountain Range. When we arrive to Potrerillos we must head SW.
Leaving behind both El Salto and Las Vegas oasis, we drive up on a dirt road to get to the start of the track. "Paso de la Carrera" is a high valley that sits at about 6.400 ft. (1.950 m) above sea level. Farming is a common activity and the area is famous for agriculture and breeding cattle. During summer time, "gauchos" (local cowboys) show their skills in festivals that are held regularly in the area.
As soon as we reach the highest spot of the road we start walking through paths printed by grassing cows and horses. During the first 30 minutes, the trekking is very light in order to warm up. From there on, we slowly ascent through soft hills until we get to the top of the range from where most of the Cordón del Plata can be seen so close that can be nearly touched. This is the best place to enjoy the pic nic lunch.
The way back to Mendoza city takes one and a half hours.

General Information

Location: Andes Mountain Range

Transportation: private

Estimated time of departure: 9 am

Estimated time of arrival: 4 pm

Estimated duration of activity: 7 hours. 3 to 4 hours of walking, depending on individual's physical condition.

Trek starting height: 6,400 fasl. (2.000 masl) 

Maximum height: 7,680 fasl. (2.400 masl)

Personal equipment required: comfortable pants, comfortable trekking or sport shoes with a good sole, t-shirt, wool sweater or warm fleece top, a good warm jacket, gloves, warm stocking cap, cap or hat, sun glasses and UV sun-block cream

Lunch: picnic

Technical difficulty

Low: doesn´t require previous knowledge nor special skills

Physical condition

Sedentary: person with lack of training or walks gently one or two times a week


Please, contact us


Bilingual guides
Trekking poles
Snow shoes if necessary
Picnic lunch

Discover the Andes, Expeditions: tel +54 -261-156571967, EVT Legajo 16431