Trip Planner: South America / Argentina / Cuyo / Province of Mendoza / San Rafael / Canon del Atuel
A popular outdoor excursion spot, Canon del Atuel connects two lakes and cuts through the heart of a mountain range. You can tour the canyon via several local highways in the area, which wind along the river through rugged gorges accented by towering rock formations and dusty hillsides. Keep your eyes peeled for dams, mountains, and reservoirs along the way, some of which boast rock formations eroded into distinctive shapes. On some stretches, you can hop aboard a kayak or river rafting tour to brave the canyon's wild rapids and chutes. Put Canon del Atuel and other San Rafael attractions into our San Rafael trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
Tours to Canon del Atuel
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Canon del Atuel reviews
Such a beautiful place. One of the few canyons that you can actually cross it end to end. The rock formations are incredible. Sadly you can not really do trekking here as the tours are basically done.... more
Such a beautiful place. One of the few canyons that you can actually cross it end to end. The rock formations are incredible. Sadly you can not really do trekking here as the tours are basically done.... more »
Worth visiting, one of nature’s wonders. Allow a full day for sightseeing the various landscapes and spots. It is a long safe drive, plan to hace fuel, to take food & drinks, not much on the way...
Worth visiting, one of nature’s wonders. Allow a full day for sightseeing the various landscapes and spots. It is a long safe drive, plan to hace fuel, to take food & drinks, not much on the way... more »
From San Rafael, the canyon is about 1 hour drive away and can be visited without booking a tour. The best option is to have a car to drive in the canyon. The road is not paved but is passable cautiously. The best is to plan the day there with a picnic like many local people and to stop wherever you want. The canyon offers various incredible spot.
From San Raphael bus terminal take the public bus (250 pesos) to the last stop which requires you only to walk to canon Atel for 30min (mirador). I suggest to take the 7h20 am bus for great photos (see photos as lake acts like a nice mirror). At 12pm lots of people rafting and will create wave ripples (not as nice). route 1: Canon Atel mirador route 2: walk back to last stop and take the other road (bridge) route 3: walk back the same way from the bus route to view other touristic views and activities (the bus to return to san Raphael will be cheaper as you will walk 30min to an hr back). 150aprox see other comments i have for nearby areas.
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