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Region - Cuyo

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uyo is the rumor of ditches and the strumming of a guitar in a tune shared between compadres and comadres.

It is the land of sun, but also a good place to admire the moon.  

A cloud of captive sandstones from the Zonda wind and the holy water of eternal snows. It is malbec red and olive green, gold and silver, hope and harvest.

It includes the microclimate of the province of San Luis, the oasis of San Juan and the majestic Mount Aconcagua in Mendoza. It is also San Juan mountains, hills and valleys. It has hundreds of Mendoza volcanoes in La Puyania and a river called Desaguadero worth hundreds.

It is a silent Huarpe lament and a resounding San Martinian battle cry. The land of the Deceased Correa and the gaucho Juan Cubillos, bandit and another popular saint for many. It is Ischigualasto and every paleontologist’s devotion. Unfortunately it also sets a seismic region of great concern to geologists.

In Cuyo you can see how large urban centers are mixed with impressive Argentine landscapes. In the province of San Luis aridity of the region is fertile ground for carob and white quebrachos from Sierra de las Quijadas National Park. But in San Juan, more precisely in San Guillermo National Park, the vegetal green takes revenge on the desert ocher always resurrecting in a meadow.

Cuyan fauna is diverse. From vicunas, guanacos and rheas, to pumas, foxes and an endangered armadillo known as pichiciego menor. In El Leoncito National Park birds enjoy a clean and clear San Juan sky, usually characterized by the presence of three hundred clear nights per year.

The Cuyo region is a heroic condor flying over the Andes, a rebel daisy 4000 meters high, an astronomer determined to decipher the cosmos in El Leoncito. And why not a poplar immolating itself before the Andean wind for a vineyard, or some exuberant grape bunches on green vine arbors or trellises. It is Huarpe memory, cry for freedom, and the cheerful rhythm of a cueca. Cuyo is all that, and more.

Author: Fernando Fuentes

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