Tiny Town, Magnificent Views
Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
80Trip End Apr 27, 2010
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The bus station in Uspallata is pretty unremarkable - a few places for buses to pull into, a ticket office and a couple of shops. I must have looked more sure about where I was than I thought because a woman and her daughter checked with me that they were in the right place! Mind you I think the driver would probably have scooted them off the bus anyway if they didn't move!!
After a quick stop at the tourist information for a map (essential in a town with about 4 streets!) and at the supermarket for some nice cold juice I started walking along the road out of town to a viewpoint that would give me a view of the town with the magnificent Andes in the background
The final little bit of the climb was quite steep but the view from the top was fantastic. The small town of Uspallata and it's surrounding greenery were totally dwarfed by the mountains behind. Some of the peaks were covered in a light dusting of snow but I wasn't sure which one was Aconcagua (the highest peak in the Americas). It would have been nice to be able to pick it out but the fact that I didn't know the mountain's names wasn't really going to spoil my enjoyment of the view. After trying (and failing for the most part) to get a nice picture of myself with the mountain range in the background I headed back down out of the sunshine that was causing me so many photographic problems. After the walk back to town and a wander down the other streets of the town the sun was causing me a different problem as I'd forgotten my sunscreen and had a slight red tinge! I opted against heading into the casino (a little strange but I suppose they need some kind of entertainment in such a small town!) and had a seat in the shade to do a little people watching.
There were surprisingly plently of people to watch - yesterday (the 2nd) there was actually a huge gathering of people in an area just outside the town
Before catching the bus back to Mendoza I spotted a local family making much more economical transport arrangements - a mother was cycling with her son and daugher perched on the bike too! I was quite happy to get a bus seat, I can't imagine that the bike journey was particularly comfortable!!