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From Mendoza: San Rafael Sightseeing and Atuel Canyon Tour

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From Mendoza: San Rafael Sightseeing and Atuel Canyon Tour

From US$ 39 per person

Escape Mendoza and visit the modern city of San Rafael located in the middle of an oasis. See the most important landmarks and sights of the city, then discover the Valle Grande Dam and nearby Atuel Canyon where you can enjoy an array of water activities.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 16 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Please wait in the lobby of the hotel or building you are staying.


  • Explore the modern city of San Rafael with an expert guide
  • Spend the afternoon at the riverside base, and shop for regional food and crafts
  • Admire the breathtaking beauty of nature at the Atuel Canyon
Full description
The tour departs Mendoza in the early morning and heads 260 km south, driving for approximately 4 hours to the modern city of San Rafael. Located in the middle of an oasis, San Rafael is a popular provider of energy, wine, and adventure tourism. With your guide, visit some of the city’s most important sites including Villa 25 de Mayo, a so-called living museum where the city was founded. After your tour of the city, visit the nearby Valle Grande Dam to learn about the imposing Atuel Canyon which starts 70 km away from San Rafael city and runs into the dam. The canyon is a geological wonder and was formed millions of years ago by rough winds and the waters of the Atuel River. Spend the rest of the day at the Valle Grande Dam riverside base where you can enjoy lunch at the onsite restaurant and admire breathtaking views of the canyon. The base also offers an array of optional added-extra water activities such as a catamaran ride along the river.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Mendoza
  • Spanish, English, and Portuguese-speaking tour guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities at the river or lake
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Towel
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear

Know before you go

  •  This tour is offered on a shared basis and will be by car, van or bus, depending on group size
  • All vehicles are top quality models with less than five years of use
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 13 reviews

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The tour is very nice. The beautiful landscapes. As for the service, the hours are not stipulated. They came to pick us up half an hour before and the return was 3 hours later, around 10 p.m. which makes it very tiring. Too long at each stop and the lunch spot was not good at all. The guide was very nice but did not provide exact information regarding schedules or return time.

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July 27, 2021

January 18, 2020

Too much on the road and many stops

December 9, 2019

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